Art AS & A Level at Newcastle-under-Lyme College
The aim of the course is to offer full-time students the opportunity to gain a national qualification in Fine Art.
If you enjoy Art and have a keen interest in the visual arts or might be considering an Art related career, this course will allow you to experiment with a range of media in developing your own creative potential. You will investigate art forms from all over the world, exploring different cultures and traditions. The artists you will study will be both traditional and contemporary.
High standards of observational drawing, painting and other creative skills are the basis for creating exciting work on the Fine Art course. You’ll also be taught about conceptual approaches to Fine Art.
You will learn in a variety of methods including hands on practical skills development, one-to-one tutorial discussion and independent research (5 hours per week) outside of lessons.
You will make meaningful use of the internet, publications and art books.
Year 1: You will receive a broad and exciting introduction to Fine Art approaches focusing on skills development in a wider range of media. Developing strong drawing and painting from primary sources and encouraging you to evaluate the styles and ideas of
others will be a key aspect of the course. Year 1 culminates in an extended project produced in response to themes set by your tutor and ends with an extended ‘timed piece’. Trips to museums and galleries throughout the first and second years will help promote
an appreciation of the rich potential and history of this subject.
Year 2: Building on the skills and ideas explored in year one, you will undertake two major practical modules (projects): 1. Personal Investigation and related study (60% of A Level final grade), A practical project supported by a related study of 1,000 words minimum. You will be encouraged to undertake a range of research in support of your chosen theme. This should include museum and gallery visits 2. An Externally Set Assignment (40% of A Level grade) where you will choose from a variety of starting points, culminating in a 15hr controlled practical test. The two modules combined are internally marked and externally moderated. Your final A level grade is awarded based on the quality of research, experimental studies and final pieces evidenced in these modules.
Usually you’ll need five or more A*-C (9-4) grades at GCSE, including maths and English. A new grade scale is in operation for maths and English which is numerical. The equivalent to a B grade will be a 6 and the equivalent to a C grade will be 5 for entry
For this subject you will also need to attain a minimum C grade in an Art and Design based subject. You may also be accepted on the basis of a strong personal portfolio. You will need to show examples of your Art work at interview. Please bring digital images if necessary.
In Year 1 you will focus on a series of exciting skills and technique building mini projects. Year 1 will end with a more sustained project to help prepare you for the second year assessments.
In Year 2 you will produce:
1. Personal Investigation and related study (60% of A Level final grade).
A practical project supported by a related study of 1,000 words minimum. You will be encouraged to undertake a range of research in support of your chosen theme. This should include museum or gallery visits.
2. Externally Set Assignment (40% of A Level grade) where you will choose from a variety of starting points, culminating in a 15hr controlled practical test.
The two components combined are internally marked and externally moderated. Your final A Level grade is awarded based on the quality of research, experimental studies and final pieces evidenced in these modules.
In year 2, you will work on two major self directed projects; Component 1: Personal Investigation, 60% of qualification, internally assessed, externally moderated. Component 2: Externally Set Assignment, 40% of qualification, internally assessed, externally moderated
Progression to year 2 will be dependent on successful completion of the first year taking into account Internal Progression Examination results and the Key Assessment Profile throughout the first year.
Newcastle Maintenance Allowance (NMA): Anyone with a household income under £21,000 can receive £20 per week financial support to help pay for travel and meals and meet the costs of essential trips, books, stationery and equipment. The payments will be subject to full attendance on your course. A range of other financial support is available, depending on your personal circumstances. For more details visit www.nulc.ac.uk/finance
Successful completion of the course is an excellent basis for progression to a Foundation course in Art and Design, and an essential step towards a career in Architecture. Art and Design can also form a component of a combined degree course when studied with other subjects, such as English, and is accepted as a subject for a BEd degree.
A Level Art encourages you to develop your skills and ideas as a practitioner and try a varied approach to artwork to build upon the skills you already have. This is undertaken within a framework of weekly tasks where you build upon prior knowledge and experience. All students are encouraged to think independently and generate their own ideas and themes from a set starting point in a structure that helps succeed.
How do I find out more?
If you wish to find out more you can contact Chris Bird, Head of A Level Art.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Newcastle-under-Lyme College directly.