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Art A Level at St Michael's Catholic Grammar School

Course description

AS
Component 1 (Personal Investigation)
This incorporates a portfolio of development work and outcomes.  

We deliver this through a series of workshops run by your teachers, under a common theme, to allow students to acquire a range of techniques including a variety of approaches to drawing, printmaking, textiles, 3D work plus much more. At least 4 hours of homework is set each week, this involves observation drawing, experimentation with media, research into relevant artists and cultures. They are expected to spend ΒΌ of their study time in the art rooms develop work further and completing work started in the workshops. It is imperative that deadlines are met. They will begin to develop their own independent ideas to create your own art work under the guidance of the teachers. They are expected to develop ideas more independently and thoroughly than at GCSE.
 
Component 2 (Externally Set Task)
A theme is set by the exam board for candidates to develop independent work. The students will explore techniques further and make links to key artists, building on the skills developed in component 1. Ultimately they will undertake a final piece under exam conditions within 10 hours, over two days.

A Level 
Component 1 (Personal Investigation)
This incorporates three major elements: supporting studies, practical work and a personal study. 
The supporting studies and practical work will comprise a portfolio of development work and outcomes developed from a common theme that allows the students to create your own individual work. Workshops will be run to allow you to acquire new skills and experiences of art, introducing them to new artists and cultures. They are expected to do at least 4 hours of homework and spend 1/3 of you study periods in the art room completing work started in lessons.
The personal study will be evidenced through critical written communication showing contextual research and understanding in a minimum of 1000 words of continuous prose alongside integrated images. This comprises 12% of the total qualification.

Component 2 (Externally Set Task)
A theme is set by the exam board for candidates to develop independent work. The students will explore techniques further and make links to key artists, building on the skills developed in component 1. Ultimately they will undertake a final piece under exam conditions within 15 hours, over three days.

Further information

Throughout both AS and A level students are expected to visit museums and galleries to build on your knowledge of the art world. They will take part in class discussions and presentations about your art work and the work of your peers.

They will display your work at times of assessment and ultimately hang your own AS/A level exhibition for final assessment, the moderators visit and the Art Departments Art Exhibition when your parents, staff and other VIPs are invited to see your work and celebrate achievements.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Michael's Catholic Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 22 March 2017
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