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Art and Design: Fine Art AS Level *Fees Payable* at Benenden School *Fees Payable*

Course description

If you are the sort of student who enjoys experimenting with materials and discovering ‘what happens if’, has enjoyed their GCSE Fine Art studies and wishes to keep a broad spread of subjects in their VI1 year then this one year course, although fast and furious, is for you.

You will be able to continue to explore a range of studies from drawing and painting, assemblage, sculpture, installation, printmaking and moving picture and photography as part of the portfolio component. You will also have the opportunity to experience life drawing classes to expand your experiences of direct observational recording alongside the exploration of relevant images, artefacts and resources relating to a range of art, craft and design (past and contemporary, European and non-European).

This course enables students to develop transferable skills which will be essential in whatever they go on to do post A Level. These include independent research of information, problem solving, illustrating ideas visually, critical and creative thinking, reflection, and resilience and presentation skills.

Course content

The new specification AS Level Art and Design is a one year, stand-alone course.

There is an emphasis in the AS on the development of understanding of the nature of Fine Art and skills using an appropriate range of materials, processes and techniques. This requires a personal, idiosyncratic response and students undertaking this one year course should be aware that independent and creative thought processes are encouraged and indeed essential.

There are no suggested themes or starting points for Component 1 (coursework) although students may wish to continue with holiday work which is based upon the word ‘Juxtaposition’. Students will develop imaginative and creative powers, experimental and documentary skills, and a specialist vocabulary alongside an understanding of contemporary and past practice of artists. 

Component 2 (examination) will commence February 1st. In this unit students will have to prove that they understand the assessment criteria by producing a body of work independently.

Success at AS Fine Art requires self-motivation, determination and dedication; the course equips students with the necessary skills and knowledge required for future studies at Art School and university even if they do not take the subject to A Level.


Component 1: 60% Portfolio

An extended collection of works based on an idea, concept, theme or issue. This portfolio should demonstrate an ability to research, record and develop ideas, explore and select appropriate media and evaluate ideas in a variety of ways to produce resolved, coherent and personal responses. Unrelated work may also be submitted. 

Component 2: 40% Externally-Set Assignment

The approach required is the same as for Component 1, but the body of work is more focused. Working from 5 set broad starting points students are required to produce a completed body of work, realising their intentions during 10 hours of supervised time.

Future opportunities

There are many careers in Art and Design. Most of these require further study at an Art School or university. An A Level in Art is not required for this as entry is through the submission of a portfolio and interview. Most students should consider a Foundation Course. 

Further information

Students choosing to continue to A Level may use the Portfolio as part of their Personal Investigation for A level. 


Enrichment opportunities:

Students are encouraged to visit art galleries, artists’ studios, attend lectures and seek out places of special interest and relevance independently, invited to join the History of Art trips to London and abroad, and are taken to an exhibition and location of interest at the beginning of their course. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Benenden School *Fees Payable* directly.

Last updated date: 30 November 2016
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