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Fine Art A Level at Longsands Academy

Course description

 

Fine Art is about …

 

  • the exploration of a diverse range of creative skills and artistic disciplines, including drawing, painting, printing, mixed media and sculpture;

  • the development of ideas and concepts connected to traditional and contemporary themes and professional artists’ work;

  • giving you the opportunity to work independently and collaboratively with teachers and fellow students in the creation of innovative final outcomes and sketchbook work.

 

The A Level in Fine Art is a two-year course.

 

There are two Units:

 

Unit 1: Personal Investigation (60%)

 

Unit 2: Externally Set Task (40%)

 

The Personal Investigation includes two elements (a & b):

 

a = a Portfolio of practical work based on a personal theme;

b = a related Personal Study that is an extended response to the same starting point, including a written analysis of a minimum of 1000 words.

 

The Externally Set Task is started in February of the second year.  Students develop their own response to one starting point, chosen from the Exam Paper, to create a portfolio of preparation work.  The Final Outcome for this preparation is completed during a 15-hour controlled Test in April.

Course content

There are two Units:

 

Unit 1: Personal Investigation (60%)

 

Unit 2: Externally Set Task (40%)

 

The Personal Investigation includes two elements (a & b):

 

a = a Portfolio of practical work based on a personal theme;

 

b = a related Personal Study that is an extended response to the same starting point, including a written analysis of a minimum of 1000 words.

 

The course is a continuation from GCSE Fine Art or Unendorsed Art and builds on the drawing skills developed through Years 10 and 11. You will develop creative skills which will enable you to produce a personal, inventive, artistic response to the visual world through a centre-determined theme. You will learn a range of approaches to recording images, such as observation, analysis, expression and imagination. As well as this you will be developing practical skills in such things as drawing, painting, printmaking and alternative media, which will enable you to produce successful outcomes.

 

The Externally Set Task is started in February of the second year. Students develop their own response to one starting point, chosen from the Exam Paper, to create a portfolio of preparation work. The Final Outcome for this preparation is completed during a 15 hour controlled Test in April.

Entry requirements

Students should have already studied a Visual Arts GCSE subject

where they have developed drawing skills and achieved a grade '4' or above.

Students wishing to study two Visual Arts subjects must have a grade '5' or above.

 

 

Students must have a grade '5' in Mathematics and English.

APS: 4.75

 

Future opportunities

Illustration, Interior Design, Fashion & Textile Design, Teaching, Architecture, Product Design, Art Therapy, Printmaking, Interior and Stage Design.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact Ms Sanders, Subject Leader: Visual Arts at the St. Neots Sixth Form Cente, via sixthform@snlp.org.uk

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Longsands Academy directly.

Last updated date: 21 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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