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Art and Design A Level at Southend High School for Girls

Course description

Art AS
At this school students will be taking the AS level Art in year 12 as
part of the two year A level course. It can be taken as a standalone
qualification which holds separate UCAS points.

This OCR qualification requires a high level of commitment.
During the first section of the course emphasis is placed on visual
awareness and an understanding of how artists work. A wide range
of materials and an experimental approach is used and encouraged.

Candidates produce a portfolio of work from starting points, topics
and themes determined by the Art department. The focus is on
including work that shows exploration, research, acquisition of
techniques and skills. The portfolio consists of finished pieces
and an ongoing sketchbook.

The portfolio does not get marked as part of the AS qualification.
The entire qualification is based on the controlled assignment
which is therefore 100% of the marks.
 
Art A2
The work submitted in Year 13 is worth 100% of the grade and
the AS grade does not impact on the A2 in any way. Emphasis is
placed upon personal development through individual study.
A wide range of materials and an experimental approach is used
and encouraged.

Unit 1 Personal Investigation:
Candidates submit one major project from starting points, topics
and themes determined by the Art department. The investigation
includes a related personal study that must involve a written
element which is expected to be between 1000 – 3000 words.
This is 60% of the overall mark.

Unit 2 Controlled Assignment:
Candidates select one starting point from an early release question
paper. Candidates are given a preparatory period in which to plan
and produce preliminary studies. They are given fifteen hours of
controlled time at the end of the course to realise their ideas
into a final outcome. This is 40% of the overall mark.

 

Entry requirements

Grade B or higher in GCSE Art

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 17 June 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years

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