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A Level Art & Design: Fine Art at St Anselm's Catholic School

Course description

Course Overview

This specification is designed to encourage candidates to:

  • Develop their interest and enjoyment in art and design, fostering its value in lifelong learning
  • Develop personal responses to ideas, observations, experiences, environments and cultures
  • Work from their own strengths and interests within the remit of the specification

Course content

Students are introduced to a variety of experiences that explore a range of media, processes and techniques. They are made aware of traditional and new media. Students explore the use of drawing for different purposes, using a variety of methods and media.

Students explore relevant images, artefacts and resources relating to a range of art, craft and design, from the past to now, including European and non-European examples. Students' responses to these examples must be shown through practical and critical activities that demonstrate their understanding of different styles, genres and traditions.

Areas of study

Students are required to work in one or more areas of fine art, listed below.

• drawing and painting

• mixed-media, including collage and assemblage

• sculpture

• ceramics

• installation

• printmaking (relief, intaglio, screen processes and lithography)

• moving image and photography

 

Students visit museums, galleries, and places of interest to gather research, inspiration and resources, both locally and further afield.  Students also take part in workshops in the art College in Canterbury when possible, enter competitions and take advantage of local artists visiting. 

 

Assessment

A-level

Component 1: Personal investigation

• No time limit      • 60% of A Level

Students develop work based on an idea, issue, concept or theme leading to a finished outcome or a series of related finished outcomes. Practical elements should make connections with some aspect of contemporary or past practice of artists, designers, photographers or craftspeople and include written work of no less than 1000 and no more than 3000 words which supports the practical work.

 

Component 2: Externally set assignment

• Preparatory period + 15 hours supervised time      • 40% of A Level

Students respond to a stimulus, provided by AQA, to produce work which provides evidence of their ability to work independently within specified time constraints, developing a personal and meaningful response which addresses all the assessment objectives and leads to a finished outcome or a series of related finished outcomes.

Students visit museums, galleries, and places of interest to gather research, inspiration and resources, both locally and further afield.  Students also take part in workshops in the art College in Canterbury when possible, enter competitions and take advantage of local artists visiting. 

 

Future opportunities

Many students go onto study art on the Foundation course at UCA, which leads onto a variety of creative degree courses. Future careers vary from academic, teaching, working in museums and galleries to working in the media, game design, fashion, textiles, jewellery design, illustration, graphic design, web design, photography, photo-journalism, architecture and many more creative jobs.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

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: 08 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year

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