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Art A Level at The Queen Elizabeth's High School, Gainsborough

Course description

A Level fine art allows you to develop personal visual responses to ideas, observations, experiences, environments and cultures, using practical, critical and contextual thinking. It provides you with a good grasp of a range of traditional and new media, processes and techniques and due to the nature of the course can work well with many other subjects.

Course content

All work produced for each of the units will be marked as a whole.

- Component 1 At the end of the unit your portfolio should include a selection of well presented work that shows the full range of your skills and workshops undertaken during the year. The learning activities you are likely to undertake include skills based activities that explore drawing, mark making and working with a variety of materials; group work; personalised learning activities and individual tutorials.

- Component 2 The emphasis of this unit is the development of ideas. You will be given a choice of questions to be used as starting points and required to select one. Following a period of initial research you will undertake five hours of unaided, supervised time. The work produced during the five hours should be devoted to the development of ideas and will then lead to the development of a final outcome. It can take a variety of forms, such as drawings, photographs, computer aided designs, maquettes, models and or design sheets.

- Component 3 This is a practical unit with written elements (no less than 1000 and no more than 3000 words) leading to a finished piece. The work produced will develop a personal investigation based on an idea, issue, concept or theme. The practical element should be linked with some aspect of contemporary or past practice of artists, designers or craftspeople.

- Component 4 You will be given a choice of questions to be used as starting points. You will be required to select one. Towards the end of the examination period you will complete fifteen hours of unaided, supervised time (exam). You will produce a clearly defined selection of work that makes up a whole, leading to a finished piece or pieces. Preparatory work can take a variety of forms, such as mounted sheets, study sheets, sketchbooks, workbooks, journals, models and maquettes. You will be assessed on your ability to work independently within specific time constraints, developing a personal response, and addressing all of the assessment objectives.

Entry requirements

QEHS standard entry requirements will apply and in addition students will be expected to achieve at least a grade B in GCSE Art. We may ask students to attend a short interview with a portfolio of their work to ascertain their suitability for the course before the beginning of the academic year.

Future opportunities

Careers and courses in Architecture, art therapy, education, research, gallery curatorship and management, design, arts marketing, management and buying, forensic / police / courtroom work, theatre and film, costume design, special effects, restoration and conservation, designer-maker, public and community art.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Queen Elizabeth's High School, Gainsborough directly.

Last updated date: 03 March 2017

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