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A Level Art at The John of Gaunt School

Course description

We place emphasis on the individual, and encourage our students to use Art to explore their own interests and ideas, rather than set traditional projects. Exam boards have praised our course for the diversity of students’ work.

You will be given one to one guidance to help you direct your studies in a purposeful way so that you achieve your potential at examination.

Course content

Unit 1
Students develop an area of study with the help of their teachers.  Sketchbook work is used to develop ideas and further skills, before refining these ideas into a final, practical piece of work.

Unit 2
Students work with the support of their teachers to develop their ideas towards a theme set by the exam board.  These supporting studies are then used as the basis for a practical piece of work carried out under exam conditions (8 hours).

Unit 3
This is an opportunity to develop ideas from AS further, or to work on a new, personally chosen project area.  Supporting studies in a sketchbook lead to a final piece of work that is a logical conclusion to the project.

Unit 4
Students again work with the support of their teachers to develop their ideas towards a theme set by the exam board.  These supporting studies are then used as the basis for a practical piece of work carried out under exam conditions (12 hours).

Assessment

Edexcel Fine Art AS 8FA01 – A2 9FA01

The AS award comprises a practical coursework project, and an examination project. The A2 course is another practical coursework project including an illustrated essay on an Art based topic of your choice, and an examination project.

Future opportunities

Many students are successful in their applications to foundation courses at Trowbridge and Bath. These courses lead to a degree and/or career in Painting, Sculpture, Printmaking, Photography, Textile Design, Fashion Design, Ceramic, Jewellery, Packaging, Graphics, Illustration, Model Making, Sign Making, Animation, Computer-Aided Design, Silversmithing, Interior Design, Theatre Design, Costume Design, Teaching.

Direct entry to History of Art, Museums and Galleries, Auctioneering and Architecture is possible. Art combines with virtually any other subject and forms a valuable complement to English, History and other A Level Arts subjects.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The John of Gaunt School directly.

Last updated date: 05 June 2015

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