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Fine Art GCE Advanced Level at The Milton Keynes Academy

Course description

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. 

Course content

Theme 1:

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.

Theme 2:

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.

Theme 3:

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.

Theme 4:

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. 

Entry requirements

5 or more A*-C grades (GCSE or BTEC equivalent) including grade 4 in English and Maths, with a B or higher in Art. 

Assessment

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 

Future opportunities

Students who complete an A-level in Fine Art may go on to careers in:

  • Museum/ Gallery Curatorship
  • Teacher
  • Art Therapist
  • Exhibition designer
  • Illustrator
  • Fine Artist 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Milton Keynes Academy directly.

Last updated date: 13 March 2017
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