Fine Art GCE Advanced Level at The Milton Keynes Academy
The aims and objectives of the AQA Advanced GCE Art and Design Fine Art are to enable students to:
- Demonstrate their ability to construct and develop a sustained line of reasoning from an initial starting point to a final realisation.
- Research and develop ideas and relate their work in meaningful ways to relevant critical/contextual materials.
- Demonstrate critical understanding of contextual and other sources.
- Substantiate decisions leading to the development and refinement of ideas.
- Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions by reflecting critically on practical work.
- Make meaningful connections between, visual, written and other elements.
Students are introduced to Art and Design Fine Art through a personal investigation where the students independently conduct a practical investigation into an idea, issue, concept or theme, supported by written material. The focus of the investigation must lead to a finished outcome or a series of related finished outcomes.
The investigation should be a coherent, in-depth study that demonstrates the student’s ability to construct and develop a sustained line of reasoning from an initial starting point to a final realisation.
It must include evidence of the student’s ability to research and develop ideas and relate their work in meaningful ways to relevant critical/contextual materials. The investigation must be informed by an aspect of contemporary or past practice of artists, photographers, designers or craftspeople.
Following independent research, students will create a sustained body of work using different materials, techniques and processes which will lead towards a final piece. Students will also have the opportunity to experience art and design within galleries/ creative spaces.
Students are given an exam paper and choose 1 of the 5 themes to create a body of work around within a set time frame. They will then create their final piece within their 10 hr exam.
Students will independently choose a theme to research but this time also need to write a 1000-3000 word essay that supports their study of work. It could be based around an artist or art movement linked to their work. They will then create a final Piece.
Students will be given their exam paper in February and given 8 weeks to create a body of work around one of the titles given in the paper, demonstrating different skills and techniques. They will then sit a 15 hr exam.
5 or more A*-C grades (GCSE or BTEC equivalent) including grade 4 in English and Maths, with a B or higher in Art.
Component 1: Personal Investigation Portfolio
Component 2: 10 Hour exam
Component 3: Portfolio - extensive project with 1000-3000 word essay
Component 4: 15 hour exam
Students who complete an A-level in Fine Art may go on to careers in:
- Museum/ Gallery Curatorship
- Art Therapist
- Exhibition designer
- Fine Artist
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Milton Keynes Academy directly.