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Art & Design A Level at Tudor Grange Academy

Course description

A level Art and Design is a diverse, challenging and rewarding course which combines practical skills with an independent development of ideas. The full course is made up of 2 components through which students can experiment with a range of techniques and processes to create an exciting portfolio of their work. Students are encouraged to independently develop their own ideas and processes, based on the visual world around them.

They will record ideas and processes from primary and secondary sources in a personal journal or sketchbook. Students will draw on historical and contemporary sources in order to contextualize their own work.

Students have the opportunity to explore the following disciplines:

 2 dimensional drawing, painting and mixed media processes

 Sculpture

 Photography and photo-shop based processes

 Printmaking

 Textiles

 Installation

Course content

What will I be covering in the course in Year 12?

During the first year of the course students produce a portfolio of work covering a wide range of 2D and 3D techniques, to allow them to develop their skills and build a substantial portfolio of work, with an extended project on a given theme.

What will I be covering in the course in Year 13?

Component 1: 60% of qualification During the second year of the course students will be expected to develop a personal investigation, in which they explore their own ideas and processes in relation to the work of other artists, designers or craftspeople. Students will be expected to produce an extended coursework folder with a supporting essay of 1000-3000 words.

Component 2: 40% of qualification Students receive an externally set assignment set by AQA which includes a number of questions based around a theme. Students select one question and independently produce a volume of preparatory studies. Students use this work to inform the final piece produced in a practical fifteen hour exam.

Entry requirements

Minimum Grade B at GCSE Level


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How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Tudor Grange Academy directly.

Last updated date: 05 December 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years