A Level Art & Design is intended to deepen your understanding of art practice and extend the creative skills developed at GCSE. You will have the opportunity to work with a wide variety of media and will be encouraged to be adventurous in expressing your own thoughts, observations and ideas. Observational drawing is fundamental to art practice and will form the keystone for each project. You will work to set themes and be expected to explore, using a variety of materials, analyse and investigate the work of other artists, craft persons and designers to develop personal final outcomes.
Students study subject content under the heading 'Art, craft and design'. This is a broad-based course exploring practical and critical/contextual work through a range of two-dimensional and/ or three-dimensional media, processes and techniques. They will be aware of both traditional and new media, explore the use of drawing for different purposes, using a variety of methods and media on a variety of scales. Students may use sketchbooks/workbooks/journals to underpin their work where appropriate. Students should explore relevant images, artefacts and resources relating to a range of art, craft and design, from the past and from recent times, including European and non-European examples. This should be integral to the investigating and making processes. Students' responses to these examples must be shown through practical and critical activities that demonstrate their understanding of different styles, genres and traditions.
Unit 1 - Personal Investigation (60%)
A practical unit with written elements in which candidates are expected to develop a personal investigation based on an idea, issue, concept or theme leading to a range of outcomes. Integrated into the project is an illustrated written Personal Investigation, of approximately 1000 to 3000 that explains their development and inspiration.
Unit 2 - External Set Assignment (40%)
A Controlled Test consisting of a range of questions to be used as starting points. Candidates are required to select one question and show evidence of development whilst responding to artists to create a personal outcome.
The Controlled Test is in two parts:
• A preparatory period.
• A timed fifteen hour unaided test.
Assessment objectives for both units are as follows: AO1 Artist Research, AO2 Development and Exploration of Ideas and Media, AO3 Observational studies and AO4 Personal Outcomes.
GCSE Level 6 in Art, Graphics or Textiles.
Sixth Form entry also requires:
• GCSE Level 5 in English and Mathematics
• Four other GCSE’s at Level 5
If you would like to pursue a career in the Arts, this course can form the first stepping stone of your career path. If you wish to take your interest further, we would advise going on to take an Art Foundation course.