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A Level Art and Design (Fine Art) at Great Baddow High School

Course description

The best foundation for success in AS and A-level Art is a positive attitude, an enjoyment of art and a good grade at GCSE (B or higher). Have you got a genuine interest in the subject? If you are creative or ‘good at drawing’, you may have the skills to succeed. However, AS/A-level Art is not an easy option and you must be prepared to work hard at developing your abilities.
 
You should have an understanding of the basic elements of art - colour, tone, form etc - and also some understanding of the place of art, craft and design in the world, its history and its purpose. Above all, you should have an interest in creating and understanding art and the determination to develop that interest.

Course content

What kind of student is this course suitable for?
  •  Students who wish to undertake further studies in art, craft and design, usually at Art College or further education.
  •  Students who are looking to take up careers for which an art background is relevant. These might include graphic design, advertising, publishing, architecture, museums, theatre or art gallery work.
  •  Students who have an interest in and aptitude for the subject, but who do not intend to take the subject beyond the AS or A-level.
 
Through activities in painting and drawing, ceramics, textiles, printmaking etc, you will fulfil the demands of the AS and A2 syllabuses. Some work will be in sketchbooks, other work on a larger scale. Additionally, you will be expected to visit exhibitions and art galleries.

Assessment

Component 1

Internally set, assessed by the teacher and externally
moderated.
AS 50%
This component allows students opportunities to generate and develop ideas, research primary and contextual sources, record practical and written
observations, experiment with media and processes, and refine ideas towards
producing personal resolved outcome(s).
 
Component 2
Externally set, assessed by the teacher and externally
moderated.
AS 50%
Approximately twelve weeks preparation (as above) followed by ten hour period of sustained focus under examination conditions.
 
Component 1
Internally set, assessed by the teacher and externally
moderated.
A2 60%
This component allows students opportunities to generate and develop ideas, research primary and contextual sources, record practical and written
observations, experiment with media and processes, and refine ideas towards
producing personal resolved outcome(s).
 
Component 2
Externally set, assessed by the teacher and externally moderated.
A2 40%
Approximately twelve weeks preparation (as above) followed by fifteen hour period of sustained focus under examination conditions.

 

Future opportunities

There are many careers in art, craft and design. Most of these require further study at an art school, further education college or university. If you are unsure about whether to make a career of the subject, the best thing to do is to speak to your art teacher, who will know about the courses on offer in your area or elsewhere.
 
At present, most students wishing to take art, craft or design further will go on to do a one year ‘foundation’ course at an art college or college of further education before applying to degree courses in more specialist areas of art and design.
 
You may wish to do an Art AS or A-level for its own sake, perhaps to form the basis of a future interest or as part of a range of other subjects. Or you might wish to go into a job where it is useful to have had experience of art, craft and design, or where you will need to use some of the skills developed during this course. These might include careers in such fields as advertising, marketing, design, architecture, publishing and the media. The study of art can also help you to develop transferable skills you can take into any career or job.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Great Baddow High School directly.

Last updated date: 30 April 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years

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