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A Level Art and Design at Silverdale

Course description

Awarding Body : AQA

A creative subject that will enable you to build upon and develop your artistic skills.

 

You will develop independent, creative skills in a broad area of work.  This includes drawing, painting with oil, photography, print making, digital art, mixed media and 3D.

Course content

Course Content:

Year 1: 

One portfolio component which is student directed and supported by the teachers.  Any artistic process is accepted.  Personal enquiry is valued.   

One self-designed external assignment project which starts on 1st February.

Year 2:

One coursework project, which includes a written journal of 1000 words based on an art experience.

One externally set component

Entry requirements

Grade C or above in GCSE Art

Assessment

Assessment is continuous and frequent. This includes student cuts, written and verbal feedback and a numerical mark at the end of each objective.  This enables target grades to be achieved.

Some students may be assessed at the end of the first year of study leading to the AS qualification (60% portfolio, 40% exam).

Year 12 is made up of two components, one portfolio component and one externally set component.  The externally set component will culminate with a final exam of ten hours of supervised time.  Components will be marked out of a total of 96 marks each, divided into four Assessment Objectives.

The externally set component will be unseen by both staff and students prior to the exam and includes artist references for each question.  All preparation work will be handed in before sitting the ten hour supervised time organised to complete the final piece.

The full A-Level is made up of two components, one journal and one externally set component.  The externally set component will culminate with a final exam of fifteen hours of supervised time and will be set out the same as in the AS exam.  Components will be marked out of a total of 96 marks each, divided into four Assessment Objectives.

Financial information

Almost all materials for the course are funded.  Students will need to buy a personal sketchbook.  Portfolios and a range of equipment are available to buy from the department for home use. 

 

Art trips to other cities require a financial contribution for the trip to go ahead.

Future opportunities

Direct entry to art, design or architectural degree courses. Suitable preparation for art foundation college courses. This subject also provides a valid certificate and UCAS points for most academic degree courses.

Further information

There is an art trip to a major city every two years for visual research. This has been Paris and New York in the past.

There are research visits to Sheffield Galleries and other UK city galleries.

In the past there have been opportunities to work with students from Sheffield Hallam University and other artists.

 

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 16 May 2018
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