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Art and Design A-Level at St Clement Danes School

Course description

This course is intended to progress naturally from GCSE Art & Design. It provides an important balance with logic and knowledge based subjects, enabling students to achieve breadth to their A Level choices. In a world that requires creative thinkers and problem solving skills, Art & Design provides students with this all important life skill.

Students will be taught to:

  • Create personal work
  • Develop creative and intuitive thinking skills
  • Plan, organise and solve problems which are increasingly self-directed
  • Analyse, inquire and record from primary and secondary sources
  • Develop a critical vocabulary to analyse and make judgements about art with confidence
  • Develop technical skills by a process of exploration and experimentation using tools, materials and visual language
  • Communicate clearly using visual language to express their ideas and feelings

Course content

Unlike all other A Level courses, Art does not dictate which areas of knowledge students must study. It defines relevant methods of working. Unit 1 and Unit 2 offer life drawing and oil painting, as well as opportunities for studying photography, design, problem solving, fine art, large scale work, printmaking and 3-D Art.

Entry requirements

Attain at least a C grade in English Language/English Literature GCSE or Mathematics GCSE. Minimum GCSE grade requirement(s): Art: B.

Assessment

AS:

Unit 1: Work is a divided assessment into 50% of the total qualification. Students need to show a portfolio of development work and outcomes based on theme ‘Growth, Decay and Environment’ and show primary observations and recordings of your chosen theme. A few gallery visits or visits to museums provide a good starting point. Work must cover all four Assessment Objectives and will be marked out of 44. These are developing ideas, exploring media, developing and applying skills, researching, recording, analysing and reviewing and creating and presenting outcome(s).

Unit 2: Externally set assignment released beginning of February each year and examination at the end of April. Exam will take place over two days amounting to 10 hours, unaided work.

A2

Unit 1: Work is a divided assessment into 50% of the total qualification. Students need to show a portfolio of development work and outcomes based on a personal theme of their own choice.

Unit 2: Externally set assignment released beginning of February each year and examination at the end of April.

Exam will take place over two days amounting to 12 hours, unaided work

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Clement Danes School directly.

Last updated date: 06 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 or 2 years

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