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Art and Design - Three Dimensional Design (AQA) at Allerton High School Business and Enterprise Specialist School

Course description

Art and Design – Three Dimensional Design will allow students to be introduced to a variety of experiences that employ a range of traditional and new media, processes and techniques appropriate to the area of 3D design. Knowledge of art, craft and design will be developed through research, the development of ideas and making working from first-hand experience and, where appropriate, secondary source materials

Candidates are required to participate actively in their course of study, recognising and developing their own strengths in the subject and identifying and sustaining their own lines of enquiry. Candidates will produce practical and critical/contextual work in one or more areas of study eg sculpture, product design, architectural design and jewellery/body ornament.

AS

The Course – students take two units

Component 1 – Portfolio

Component 2 – Externally set assignment

At AS level candidates will develop their understanding and skills using an appropriate range of materials, processes and techniques. Candidates will produce a collection of materials that exemplifies work carried out during the AS course.

This course is for you if you are:

  • Creative and enjoy experimenting and working with different materials
  • Curious about how 3D objects are designed and developed
  • Curious and want to understand how things are made?
  • Keen on drawing and enjoy sketching and design?
  • Do you want to do a course where you decide what work you produce?

A2

The Course – students take two units

At A2 candidates will undertake a practical investigation into an idea, issue, concept or theme and is supported by written material. The investigation will be coherent and in-depth and demonstrate the candidates ability to construct and develop a sustained line of reasoning from an initial starting point to a final realisation.

Component 1 – Personal investigation

Component 2 – Externally set assignment

At A-level candidates are expected to demonstrate a greater depth of study than at AS which could be achieved by an extended development of particular themes, ideas, concepts or issues as well as a greater specialisation in a particular medium or process.

Course content

AS Component 1: Portfolio

Students will produce a portfolio of work which must include:

A selection of thoughtfully presented work that demonstrates the breadth and depth of the course of study

At least one extended collection of work or project, based on an idea, concept, theme or issue.

Students may also include:

Where appropriate to the students’ area of study, test pieces, samples, models or maquettes.

There is no restriction to the scale of work produced but the students should carefully select, organise and present work to ensure that they provide evidence of meeting all four assessment objectives.

AS Component 2: Externally set assignment

A question paper will be provided with a choice of five questions to be used as starting points. Students are required to select one. Examination papers will be provided on 1st February.

Students will need to present preparatory work in a suitable format eg mounted sheets, design sheets, sketchbooks, workbooks, journals, models and maquettes.

Supervised time – 10 hours

Following the preparatory period students must complete 10 hours of unaided supervised time with the first three hours of this time to be consecutive. In the 10 hours students are expected to produce a finished outcome or a series of finished outcomes informed by their preparatory work.

Students will be assessed against all four assessment objects and on their ability to work independently, working within the specified time constraints and developing a personal and meaningful response.

A-Level Component 1: Personal Investigation

This is a practical investigation supported by written material. The written material must confirm understanding of creative decisions, providing evidence of all four assessment objectives by:

  • Clarifying the focus of the investigation
  • Demonstrating critical understanding of the contextual and other sources
  • Substantiating decisions leading to the development and refinement of ideas
  • Recording ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions by reflecting critically on practical work.
  • Making meaningful connections between visual, written and other elements

A-Level Component 2: Externally set assignment

A question paper will be provided with the choice of eight questions to be used as starting points. Students are expected to select one. Students will be provided with examination papers on 1st February.

Students will need to present preparatory work in a suitable format eg mounted sheets, design sheets, sketchbooks, workbooks, journals, models and maquettes.

Supervised time- 15hours

Following the preparatory period, students must complete 15 hours of unaided, supervised time and must produce a finished outcome or a series of related finished outcomes informed by their preparatory work.

Students will be assessed against all four assessment objects and on their ability to work independently, working within the specified time constraints and developing a personal and meaningful response.

Skills and Techniques

  • Students will be expected to demonstrate skills in the context of their chose area(s) of three – dimensional design. Students will be required to demonstrate skills in all of the following:
  • Appreciation of solid, void, form, shape, texture, colour, decoration, surface treatment, scale, proportion, structure, rhythm and movement.
  • Awareness of intended audience or purpose for their chosen area(s) of three- dimension design
  • Awareness of the relationship between three-dimensional design and urban, rural or other settings.
  • Appreciation of the relationship of form and function and, where applicable, the ability to respond to a concept, work or brief, theme or topic or answer a need in the chosen area(s) of three dimensional design.
  • The safe use of a variety of appropriate tools and equipment
  • Understanding of working methods, such as model making, constructing and assembling.

Entry requirements

You should have achieved a minimum of 5 9-5 grades or equivalent at GCSE including English and Maths and Grade C or above in GCSE Design and Technology or grade 5 in Art and Design

Assessment

AS

Component 1: Portfolio is a non-exam assessment (NEA) set and marked by the centre and moderated by AQA during a visit to the centre.  There is no time limit and the component is worth 60% of the AS

Component 2: Externally set assignment which is a non- exam assessment set by AQA and marked by the centre and moderated by AQA during a visit to the centre. The assessment consists of a preparatory period and 10 hours of supervised time (in exam conditions). This is worth 40% of the AS

A2

Component 1: Portfolio is a non-exam assessment (NEA) set and marked by the centre and moderated by AQA during a visit to the centre.  There is no time limit and the component is worth 60% of the A-level.

Component 2: Externally set assignment which is a non- exam assessment set by AQA and marked by the centre and moderated by AQA during a visit to the centre. The assessment consists of a preparatory period and 15 hours of supervised time (in exam conditions). This is worth 40% of the A-level.

Future opportunities

AS and A Level Art and Design – Three Dimensional Design is a fantastic opportunity to mix creativity with developing and demonstrating knowledge and skills relating to materials and processes. Students will be able to experiment and develop work in a variety of formats to produce responses to set briefs, research, visits, concepts and themes. Both courses will demand the ability to research, develop and evaluate ideas through sustained investigations and realise a final outcome through informed studies and development.

A level Art and Design-3 Dimensional studies is now commonly regarded by employers and universities as a complex and demanding subject and relevant for further Architectural, Engineering, Product Design and Art based courses.

Further information

For further information please contact Mrs Kirby at Allerton High School on 0113 2034770.

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: 02 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years
  • Number of planned places: 25

Contact details

    • Contact name:
    • Mr B Harding
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 0113 2034770

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