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Fine Art A Level at Lansdowne College

Course description

The Art and Design course at Lansdowne College develops students’ ability to appreciate the visual world, respond to images in a creative, inventive way and practise their ability to produce the formal elements of art such as line, texture, colour, form and composition. Students are challenged to think about their work conceptually as well as aesthetically.

Course content

AS-Level

Students are introduced to a variety of different Fine Art techniques, approaches, concepts and contexts. They experiment with and produce work in a wide range of mediums including painting, drawing, printing, collage, video, photography, sculpture, installation and performance. Students have life-drawing classes and practise their observational drawing and improve their technical skills.

Component One

The Personal Investigation is entirely coursework-based and requires a sketchbook, supporting work and a final piece. Students are given a theme and guided through the research and development stages of the project. From project conception to completion they learn about the work of relevant artists and explore the use of different materials and processes. Tutors continuously review and monitor progress.

Component Two

The Externally Set Assignment is entirely coursework-based and requires a sketchbook, supporting work and a final piece. Utilising the skills and processes acquired in Component One, students have a structured framework to experiment with and develop ideas in their sketchbook in order to respond to a theme set by the examination board under timed conditions in a 10-hour exam at the end of the year.

A-Level

Students develop their work from the experimentation at AS-Level and explore specific mediums in more depth in order to refine their skills and artwork. Although the A-Level traditionally focuses on drawing and painting skills, students can choose to specialise in collage, video, printmaking, sculpture or 2D or 3D mixed media work. An integral part is to contextualise their work by exploring and learning from the art traditions, styles and skills of contemporary and historical artists and art movements.

Component One

The Personal Investigation is entirely coursework-based and requires a sketchbook, a 3,000-word essay, supporting work and a final piece. Through workshops and discussions with their tutor, students identify areas of interest and plan a major project. While working toward their goals they construct a written/illustrated study which explains the influence of other artists on their work. Continuous review and evaluation enable them to monitor and improve their progress.

Component Two

The Externally Set Assignment is entirely coursework-based and requires a sketchbook, supporting work and a final piece. Utilising the skills and processes acquired, students have a structured framework within which to respond to a theme set by the examination board under timed conditions.

Assessment

There are four equally weighted (25% each) assessment objectives for each unit, which are used to mark all of the work.

AO1: Develop ideas through sustained and focused investigations informed by contextual and other sources, demonstrating analytical and critical understanding.

AO2: Explore and select appropriate resources, media, materials, techniques and processes, reviewing and refining ideas as work develops.

AO3: Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions, reflecting critically on work and progress.

AO4: Present a personal and meaningful response that realises intentions and, where appropriate, makes connections between visual and other elements.

All sketchbooks, supporting work and final pieces for both units are marked by the subject teacher and internally standardised across the department. The work is then moderated by an external examiner during the end of year exhibition.

Future opportunities

Many Fine Art students continue after A-Levels to study on a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design before studying for an undergraduate degree. There is a huge range of Art and Design undergraduate courses ranging from theatre design to textiles, fashion, computer animation and 3D modelling, jewellery design and cinematography, as well as traditional fine art courses such as painting and sculpture. Fine Art is especially useful for studying architecture. Art is specifically related to careers in fields such as advertising, marketing, design, architecture, publishing and the media.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Lansdowne College directly.

Last updated date: 15 August 2016

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