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AS/A2 Art at The Bluecoat Academy

Course description

What will be studied ?  

The Art & Design course follows the OCR A Level Art and Design Specification (Fine Art specialism).

Students will be introduced to a variety of experiences, exploring a range of two and some three dimensional media, processes and techniques.

Students’ work will develop with both practical and critical/ contextual approaches.

Units Component 1:

Personal Investigation (60%) Students will produce 2 elements:

• A portfolio of practical work showing their personal response to either a starting point, brief, scenario or stimulus.

• A related study of continuous prose (minimum 1000 words)

Component 2: Externally Set Task (40%) The exam board will release a set task paper in February of the second year which includes a number of themes from which students choose one to develop. Students will create a sketchbook of work, developing and exploring their ideas to a response which is realised in 15hours of supervised time.

How will I be assessed ?

Portfolio work is assessed at regular intervals against the following assessment criteria:

AO1 Develop ideas.

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

AO3 Record ideas.

AO4 Present a personal response.

Students will take part in group critiques & presentations. Verbal and written feedback will be provided at regularl intervals. Mounting, displaying and exhibiting work is an integral part of the assessment process.

How is the course delivered ?

There are timetabled studio and workshop periods (5 hours per week) with specialist staff and it is expected that you will work in the studio during your free time.

You will be encouraged to work independently to deepen your critical and contextual understanding and awareness of the world of Art and Design.

What equipment will I need ?

You should have your own basic art kit of equipment which includes, pencils, paint brushes, fine liner pens, acrylic paint, A3 sketchbooks, an A3/ A2 portfolio/folder for transporting work.

It is possible to purchase a pre-prepared art equipment kit at the start of term from the Art Department.

What next ?

Gaining an A level in Art and Design can lead directly to work or a range of different courses in further & higher education.

It is particularly valuable for careers in product design, architecture, film making, floristry, textile and fashion, illustration, interior design, nursery nursing, teaching, journalism, curator, gallery management and much more.

Employers are always keen to employ people with a creative outlook.

This A Level is a well-respected and rigorously assessed course, valued highly by universities (including those in the Russell Group).

Entry requirements

Students wishing to take A Level Art & Design should have five GCSE A* – C grades including English and Maths, with a B or above in GCSE Art and Design.

In special circumstances and with a reference from your art teacher we would consider students without GCSE or with a grade C.

Final decisions will be taken by the Course Leader

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 31 March 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 years