Art, Craft and Design GCE A Level (Cheadle Campus) at Cheadle & Marple Sixth Form College
This course is divided into coursework and examination. The coursework project lasts for around 4 months. During this time you will be introduced to a wide range of materials, techniques and artists to develop ideas and generate personal final pieces. This will include drawing, painting, print-making, collage, mixed-media work, and three-dimensional work. To help your ideas you will research into a wide-range of artists, designers and craft artists to understand their work and use of visual language. As the coursework project progresses you will have the chance to work more independently to develop your creativity, understanding and practical skills, as well as increasing confidence in your own ideas. The exam is a theme set by the exam board which you will respond to as a whole project (with a small timed element towards the end). Throughout the course you will also increase your ability to explain and articulate the thinking behind your ideas through written notes and group discussions.
(A2) Unit Three: Coursework
The second year of this qualification allows you to build upon your skills through your own choice of project. Alongside your practical work you will also produce a written Personal Study based on your own research into the work of other artists.
(A2) Unit Four: Externally Set Assignment
This is a self contained practical project which involves a personal response to an externally set theme. This culminates in an extended, timed practical examination.
- At least a grade C in GCSE Art and Design or a Merit grade from a Level 2 Art qualification.
- This is much more demanding than GCSE.
- Visits to museums, art galleries and exhibitions.
- To further enhance your portfolio and artistic ability, Life Drawing is offered as additional enrichment.
You will also need to be committed, enthusiastic and motivated. An open mind and a willingness to experiment and be creative are also essential.
Your sketchbook and portfolio of work will provide the evidence you need to pass the course. This must be supported by written explanations and statements about your work, and the links you have made to other artists.
How to apply
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