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Fine Art A level at The Rodillian Academy

Course description

Fine Art A level is an exciting opportunity, not only to develop your practical making and mark making skills, but also to work independently, and develop your thoughts and feelings about the world around you.
Year 12:
Portfolio Unit
You will begin the course by completing a series of tasks focusing on the following key skills: recording and observational drawing, developing ideas through applying a range of materials and techniques and researching artists whose work inspires the development of your own practice. You will produce sketch books and a portfolio of art work. With support from your teacher you will explore a wide range of fine art media, techniques and processes, such as painting, drawing, sculpture, batik, print making, image manipulation and digital photography. Access to a good camera will help you to collect ideas and images. You will be expected to visit galleries and exhibitions in your own time. Homework is essential and you will be expected to produce on average 5 hours of homework per week. You will develop your work, from the initial ideas, to a final outcome, exploring how other artists, designers or crafts people have influenced you, you will be expected to study artists work and show influences and an understanding of their work through your own. The sketch books show an idea which flows through the project with an obsessive pursuit of trying to ask many questions about your own selected interest.

Year 12 Set Assignment.
You will choose one of five possible starting points, and following a period of initial research and development, undertake ten hours of unaided, supervised time in order to produce a final outcome. This assignment will be assessed by the same criteria as your portfolio unit, and is an opportunity to show you are able to work more independently.
Year 13:
Unit 1 – Personal Investigation
60% of an A Level
At A2 you will build on the knowledge, understanding and skills you have gained at AS. You will produce a sketch book and portfolio of art work based on the starting point set by yourselves. With support from your teacher you will continue to explore a wide range of fine art media, techniques and processes. Access to a good camera will help you to collection ideas and images. You will be expected to visit galleries and exhibitions in your home time. Homework is essential and you will be expected to produce on average 5 hours of homework per week. You will develop your work, from the initial ideas, to a final outcome, exploring how other artists, designers or crafts people have influenced you, you will be expected to study artists work and show influences and an understanding of their work through your own. The sketch books show an idea which flows through the project with an obsessive pursuit of trying to ask many questions about your own selected interest, the more questions you pose through investigation the higher your achievement. You will produce work for a personal investigation in response to an idea, issue, concept or theme of your choosing. This must be supported by 1000 to 3000 word essay.

Unit 2 – Externally Set Assignment.
40% of an A level
In Year 13 you will choose one of eight possible starting points set by the AQA board, and following a period of initial research, undertake 15 hours of unaided, supervised time, in order to complete a final outcome. You will follow the template of unit 1 and expand your research for your final exam. This time, the emphasis of the externally set assignment, is on both the development if ideas, and the completion of a final outcome.
 

Course content

Fine Art A level is an exciting opportunity, not only to develop your practical making and mark making skills, but also to work independently, and develop your thoughts and feelings about the world around you.
Year 12:
Portfolio Unit
You will begin the course by completing a series of tasks focusing on the following key skills: recording and observational drawing, developing ideas through applying a range of materials and techniques and researching artists whose work inspires the development of your own practice. You will produce sketch books and a portfolio of art work. With support from your teacher you will explore a wide range of fine art media, techniques and processes, such as painting, drawing, sculpture, batik, print making, image manipulation and digital photography. Access to a good camera will help you to collect ideas and images. You will be expected to visit galleries and exhibitions in your own time. Homework is essential and you will be expected to produce on average 5 hours of homework per week. You will develop your work, from the initial ideas, to a final outcome, exploring how other artists, designers or crafts people have influenced you, you will be expected to study artists work and show influences and an understanding of their work through your own. The sketch books show an idea which flows through the project with an obsessive pursuit of trying to ask many questions about your own selected interest.

Year 12 Set Assignment.
You will choose one of five possible starting points, and following a period of initial research and development, undertake ten hours of unaided, supervised time in order to produce a final outcome. This assignment will be assessed by the same criteria as your portfolio unit, and is an opportunity to show you are able to work more independently.
Year 13:
Unit 1 – Personal Investigation
60% of an A Level
At A2 you will build on the knowledge, understanding and skills you have gained at AS. You will produce a sketch book and portfolio of art work based on the starting point set by yourselves. With support from your teacher you will continue to explore a wide range of fine art media, techniques and processes. Access to a good camera will help you to collection ideas and images. You will be expected to visit galleries and exhibitions in your home time. Homework is essential and you will be expected to produce on average 5 hours of homework per week. You will develop your work, from the initial ideas, to a final outcome, exploring how other artists, designers or crafts people have influenced you, you will be expected to study artists work and show influences and an understanding of their work through your own. The sketch books show an idea which flows through the project with an obsessive pursuit of trying to ask many questions about your own selected interest, the more questions you pose through investigation the higher your achievement. You will produce work for a personal investigation in response to an idea, issue, concept or theme of your choosing. This must be supported by 1000 to 3000 word essay.

Unit 2 – Externally Set Assignment.
40% of an A level
In Year 13 you will choose one of eight possible starting points set by the AQA board, and following a period of initial research, undertake 15 hours of unaided, supervised time, in order to complete a final outcome. You will follow the template of unit 1 and expand your research for your final exam. This time, the emphasis of the externally set assignment, is on both the development if ideas, and the completion of a final outcome.

Entry requirements

Year 12: Students must have achieved a minimum of 5 GCSEs grade C or above from different subjects, including English and Maths. Grade C or above in Art & Design is also required.
 

Assessment

You will be marked verbally constantly and given official written feedback once every four weeks. The moderator will visit the school and check your teachers marking on all of your units. They will want to see your sketch books, portfolio and work for all the units.
 

Future opportunities

At the end of the course you will have produce a portfolio of work to take to interview for further or higher education art and design courses. There are many exciting and varied career opportunities in the visual arts including: advertising, architecture, art historian, illustrator, make-up artist, photographer, web site designer, art teacher, art therapist, graphic designer, fashion designer and film maker.

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 November 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years

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