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Art & Design (A Level) at Wath Comprehensive School: A Language College

Course description

AS Level

Component 1 consists of the portfolio, is marked out of 96 marks and is worth 60% of the AS Level.

Component 2 consists of the externally assessed assignment, includes 10 hours of supervised time, is marked out of 96 marks and is worth 40% of the AS Level.

We take a portfolio approach to this course.  This will allow you to experiment freely in your work.  You will be given the opportunity to develop your strengths and address your weaknesses, but we always expect you to work to your own ideas and intentions.  You will work with a wide range of materials, including 3-D materials, so that your work is individual and suits the way in which you work.  You will regularly study other artists, researching, analysing and evaluating their work and linking it with your own.

The components studied at AS Level are:

  • Component 1 - A portfolio of ideas and images (September to February)
  • Component 2 - An externally assessed assignment from February to May, with a 10 hour supervised time

A Level

Component 1 is the personal investigation, which is supported by written material of no more than 3000 words.  The component is marked out of 96 marks and is worth 60% of the A Level.

Component 2 is the externally assessed assignment, 15 hours of supervised time to create a final piece.  The component is marked out of 96 marks and is worth 40% of the A Level.

Initially, we take a portfolio approach to this course.  This will allow you to experiment freely in your work.  You will be given the opportunity to develop your strengths and address your weaknesses, but we always expect you to work to your own ideas and intentions.  You will work with a wide range of materials, including 3-D materials, so that your work is individual and suits the way in which you work.  You will regularly study other artists, researching, analysing and evaluating their work and linking it with your own.  You will then be required to conduct a practical investigation for Component 1, developing an idea, issue, concept or theme, supported by written material.  The focus of the investigation must be identified independently by yourself and must lead to a finished outcome or a series of related finished outcomes.  The investigation should be a coherent, in-depth study that demonstrates your ability to construct and develop a sustained line of reasoning from an initial starting point to a final realisation.  The investigation must show clear development from initial intentions to the final outcome or outcomes.  It must include evidence of your ability to research and develop ideas and relate your work in meaningful ways to relevant critical/contextual materials.

Component 2 is the externally assessed assignment where you receive a question paper with a choice of eight questions to be used as starting points.  You are required to select one.  You will be provided with examination papers on 1 February, or as soon as possible after that date.  Following receipt of the paper you should consider the starting points and select one.  Preparatory work should be presented in any suitable format, such as mounted sheets, design sheets, sketchbooks, workbooks, journals, models and maquettes.  Following the preparatory period, you must complete 15 hours of unaided, supervised time.  In the 15 hours you must produce a finished outcome or a series of related finished outcomes, informed by your preparatory work using appropriate specialist vocabulary and be legible with accurate use of language so that meaning is clear.  You are to work independently, working within the specified time constraints, and developing a personal and meaningful response.

Future opportunities

You could take this course with other advanced level courses such as History of Art to prepare for higher education in areas of art and design, photography, architecture or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to art and design such as an Architect, Interior or Fashion Designer. The course will also encourage you to explore your creative mind and help you develop the basic skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for. You could take this course with other advanced level courses such as History of Art to prepare for higher education in areas of art and design, photography, architecture or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to art and design such as an Architect, Interior or Fashion Designer. The course will also encourage you to explore your creative mind and help you develop the basic skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for. You could take this course with other advanced level courses such as History of Art to prepare for higher education in areas of art and design, photography, architecture or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to art and design such as an Architect, Interior or Fashion Designer. The course will also encourage you to explore your creative mind and help you develop the basic skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 16 October 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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