Fine Art A level at Oldfield School
What will I study?
Coursework Portfolio: You will learn various techniques and skills that are evidenced through a given theme in an ideas’ book, and then you will produce a final piece of your own choice.
Controlled Assignment: The examination board sets the themes; you will select one to work from. The question is explored through a series of ideas’ pages and drawings; this work is usually done in a sketch book. The formal examination time in which the final piece is partially executed is 5 hours.
Personal Investigation: You select your own theme and then develop your ideas in an ideas’ book before planning and creating a final piece. You also submit a written analysis of an Artists’ work that connects with your practical theme.
Externally Set Assignment: The examination board sends a set of questions; you select one to work from. The question is explored through a series of ideas’ pages and drawings; this work is usually done in an ideas’ book. The formal examination time in which the final piece is produced is 15 hours.
You need to have a passion for images and it is important that you like recording what you think or what you see in a visual way.
This is a demanding and time consuming course; students need to be prepared to do at least six hours of unsupervised work per week in addition to allocated lessons. A/A* grade at GCSE is beneficial.
Examination Board - OCR
Your teacher marks your work using four assessment objectives. An examination board moderator comes to school to check that the marks are in line with other centres.
AS is made up of two units: F411 is worth 60% of the AS and F421 is worth 40%.
A2 is made up of four units: the two units studied at AS and also F431 and F441. For A2 F411 and F431 are worth 30% of the total marks each and F421 and F441 are worth 20% each.
You may wish to pursue a career in Fashion, Graphics, Illustration, Animation, Ceramics, Theatre Design, Product Design, Architecture, Interior Design, Painting or Printmaking.
Is there anything else that I need to know?
All materials you need for this course will be provided but you may wish to build your own supply. We will expect you to be resourceful and gather and collect things that may help you with your work.
Am I suited to this course?
- You will be well suited to this course if you are:
- Interested in looking at images and recording special or unusual things
- Keen to learn to develop your practical skills with paint, print, 3D materials, and drawing tools
- Interested in making statements using images.
What other subjects does it complement?
Art links well with all subjects as it encourages you to look at things in a much more analytical way. It complements subjects such as History, Media and Photography especially well.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Oldfield School directly.