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Art A Level at Thorpe St Andrew School and Sixth Form

Course description

What is Art?
An appreciation of different approaches to recording images such as observation, analysis, expression and imagination along with an awareness of intended audience or purpose for their chosen area(s) of Fine art.

Why study Art?
You are creative, imaginative and enjoy looking for ideas from the world around you. You enjoy making and creating things, experimenting with materials and exploring the history of Art.

Course content

AS Modules

Unit 1 - The contents of the portfolio will be determined by the nature of the course of study. The emphasis of this component will be on the development of understanding and skills using an appropriate range of materials, processes and techniques. Students should produce a collection of materials that exemplifies work carried out.

Unit 2 – Preparatory experimentation time set by your Art teacher (from 1 February) where you will experiment, develop ideas and explore artwork by visiting galleries and exhibitions. A 10 hour timed examination to produce a personal response.

A2 Modules

Unit 1 - This is a practical investigation supported by written material. Students are required to conduct a practical investigation into an idea, issue, concept or theme, supported by written material. The focus of the investigation must be identified independently by the student.

Unit 2 – Preparatory experimentation time set by your Art teacher (from 1 February) where you will experiment, develop ideas and explore artwork by visiting galleries and exhibitions. A 15 hour timed examination to produce a personal response.

Entry requirements

You will need to achieve a GCSE Grade C or above in Art, Textiles or a Technology subject. Students who have not taken an Art subject must see the Curriculum Leader - Art before they apply for the course, to see if they are suitable candidates.

Future opportunities

What opportunities are there for me to study beyond the classroom?
The Sainsbury Centre offers workshops for students which you can sign up to. Also, there are life drawing courses that are free to under 19 year olds at Wensum Lodge but, due to limited places, you need to telephone and enquire as soon as possible. We encourage students to work in an Art room and after school from 3.05 pm until 4.30 pm.

What kind of career does this subject/qualification prepare me for?
Art Foundation, Graphic Design, Film, Television, Photography, Games Design, Textile and Fashion Design, Interior Design, Architecture, Product Design, Furniture Design, Theatre and Stage Design, Teaching and Lecturing, Museums and Galleries.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Thorpe St Andrew School and Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 14 October 2015
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