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Art A Level at QE Academy Trust

Course description

This is a newly introduced course which is designed to introduce students to developing personal work and artistic skills through individual working processes. By exploring techniques, examining themes and researching art history, students build up a portfolio of work which shows a wide variety of approaches but which points out paths for development in the future. In preparation for the course, students will be given a small project to complete that relates to work in the first term. You can choose to pursue either AS Art over one year ‘or’ A level Art over two years. Both courses run parallel with each other and you can make your choice of course up until the end of the first term.

Course content

Unit 1: Externally Set Task ‐ 100% of marks
This course involves an extended period of exploration and development which is designed to prepare the student for the Externally Set Task by stretching their creative experiences in new ways and by giving them new challenges.

- Exploring different mediums, techniques and materials will be the basis for developing artistic skills.
- Examining different approaches to being creative, through sketchbooks and investigative journals will help to establish a personal, creative process.
- Researching and responding to the work of other artists will reveal a wide breadth of approaches to creating pieces of art and guide students into finding ways to see their own creative futures.

All of these approaches are designed specifically to set students up to be able to respond creatively and individually to the demands of the Externally Set Task. This is a practical response to a thematic starting point of which there are seven to choose from. The paper is released on 1st January and students will have ample time to prepare and develop their own responses before embarking on a 10 hour non examination assessment (over two days), creating a final outcome.

A Level

Unit 1: Personal Investigation – 60% of total marks
A level builds on the work completed in the first year as outlined above and is added to in Year 13 where the emphasis will be on refining work and creating a portfolio of practical work. Alongside this there will be a related study which will be an extended response of a guided minimum of 1000 words  

Unit 2: Externally Set Task – 40% of total marks
As in AS level, the year ends with an non exam assessment which follows the format of that for AS level, but this time it is fifteen hours long and is done over three days. This is released on 1st February, a month after the AS paper. There is ample preparation time before the exam to collate and develop ideas.

Entry requirements

You do not need to have done GCSE Art, though you do need to have a genuine interest and commitment to the subject. Students who have not done GCSE Art will need to produce a suitable portfolio demonstrating suitable skill levels before admission to the course. It is recommended that candidates have gained sound communication and literacy skills at a level equivalent to GCSE Grade C in English.

Future opportunities

This course provides you with a portfolio of work, which you need to get on ANY, art‐ based course. There are a vast variety of courses to pursue after A Levels, but it is customary for Art courses to require that you complete a one year Foundation Course at College before applying to a University. This A Level prepares you perfectly for Foundation, at which point you can choose which specialism you want to pursue as a career.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact QE Academy Trust directly.

Last updated date: 17 December 2015
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