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AS Level 3D Art at The Rugeley Sixth Form Academy

Course description

Course Title: Three Dimensional Art & Design Level: AS/A2 Duration: AS Level 1 year Course description: AS/A2 3D Art & Design is an intensive and exciting course. Students are introduced to a wide range of three dimensional media and processes, which include ceramics, glass and metal. Students will be made aware of how both traditional and new technologies are applied in three dimensions and the course covers 3D craft, sculpture and design. This A level extends student’s ability in three dimensions through specific materials such as clay, glass and metal, and skills based investigations and projects such as jewellery/body ornament, sculpture and ceramics. Drawing using a variety of methods and media, both two and three dimensional, of a variety of scales, underpins all coursework units. Students will be expected to use sketchbooks/workbooks/journals/study sheets where appropriate. Personal research studies into artists are an essential elements of both AS and A2 components. As an integral part of the course students will visit at least one Gallery with college but must also be prepared to visit Exhibitions, Museums and Galleries independently. There is also the potential for working with local practising artists and this forms a valuable part of this course. For the AS course students produce two units of coursework, the second of which is externally set by the exam board and which involves a 5 hour practical exam. During the A2 year students will produce a personal visual study as part of their third coursework unit and unit four culminates in a 15 hour practical exam. Skills and Attributes students need to be successful: An ideal art student is one who: • has enjoyed art at GCSE, Applied GCSE or BTEC • is enthusiastic hardworking and motivated and can work independently • wishes to further their art skills • enjoys a more practical based subject • is considering Art and Design as a career pathway. How the course is assessed: There are four assessment objectives. All units are marked by the art department and externally moderated by the examining board. Students are marked on final outcomes, drawing ability, links to and understanding of other artist’s work, their use of media, and their own personal ideas and ability to make a creative decision. What students do after completion? Students taking this course have: • taken Art Foundation and HND courses • applied directly to specialised degrees in art, craft or design • used the points to apply to UCAS • gone into the world of work Because art is so diverse students are able to use the skills developed through this A level course and apply them in a variety of areas: Architecture, Sculpture, Jewellery Design, Glass design, Ceramic Design, Fashion, Textiles, Print, Fine Art, Product Design, Interior Design, computer or digital art and animation, film or video, advertising, community work, Theatre and Museum Design, Curating exhibitions in Galleries, teaching and lecturing. Indeed any job/course that require a self motivated, problem solving, creative, imaginative and inquiring mind.

Entry requirements

To take this course students should fulfil the general entry requirements to study A levels at the Centre and: • ideally have a B or above in GCSE art, Applied Art or a merit in BTEC Art and Design. • a portfolio or examples of art and design work • an enthusiasm and commitment for art and its many areas of study • an ability to communicate ideas effectively • a willingness to try something new When a student has not studied art at GCSE they should provide evidence of good drawing skills, experimentation in different art and design media, work from Design and some personal pieces of work or a sketchbook. In addition they will be expected to work even harder to catch up to the level required at AS/A2 level.

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Future opportunities

You could take this course to complement other advanced level courses such as History of Art or to prepare for the A2 part of an Advanced GCE in Art and Design, which could lead onto 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 Designer, Artist or fashion designer. You could also go straight into a job as the AS GCE is a recognised qualification that will 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

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Rugeley Sixth Form Academy directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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