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Art A Level at Southfield School for Girls Specialist Sports and Science College

Course description

Why should i study Art?

Studying A level Art and Design will help you develop intellectual, imaginative, creative and intuitive skills. You will have the opportunity to experiment, investigate and develop practical skills as well as aesthetic understanding and critical judgment. Yet perhaps more valuable than anything, you will enjoy opportunities to develop independence of mind, explore your own ideas, refine your skills and produce personal outcomes.

Course content

You will look at the ways other artists and designers have worked and used this understanding to enhance your own artwork.

Drawing from observation is an essential part of the course and you will keep sketchbooks to assist in the recording and developing of your ideas. You will also learn various ways of presenting your work for display.

As you progress through the A level course and learn more advance skills you will be encouraged to find ways of developing your own personal style and interests. If you have leaning towards painting, for example, you will have an opportunity to develop skills in this area. The course will enable you to work to your strengths in painting, print, drawing, mixed-media and photography.

Qualification aims and objectives:

• intellectual, imaginative, creative and intuitive capabilities

• investigative, analytical, experimental, practical, technical and expressive skills, aesthetic understanding and critical judgement

• independence of mind in developing, refining and communicating their own ideas, their own intentions and their own personal outcomes

• an interest in, enthusiasm for and enjoyment of art, craft and design • their experience of working with a broad range of media

• an understanding of the interrelationships between art, craft and design processes and an awareness of the contexts in which they operate • knowledge and experience of real-world contexts and, where appropriate, links to the creative industries

• knowledge and understanding of art, craft, design and media and technologies in contemporary and past societies and cultures

• an awareness of different roles, functions, audiences and consumers of art, craft and design

Entry requirements

You will need a grade B in GCSE Art or evidence of a high level of skill and understanding in art, craft and design. This course is suitable for those with enquiring minds and an enthusiasm and understanding of all aspects of art and design.



Component 1: Personal Investigation

  • Internally set, assessed by the teacher and externally moderated (60% of the total qualification)

Component 2: Externally Set Assignment

  • Externally set, assessed by the teacher and externally moderated (40% of the total qualification)

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Southfield School for Girls Specialist Sports and Science College directly.

Last updated date: 05 January 2017
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