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Art, Craft and Design AS/A-Level at Plymstock School

Course description

The Art, Craft & Design course at Plymstock is an excellent stepping stone to further study at both Foundation and Degree level. Thereafter careers in the creative industries, either in the Fine Arts (painting, sculpture etc.) or applied areas such as graphic design, advertising, architecture, fashion and film are all possibilities. An Art, Craft & Design A-Level is also an asset for anybody considering a supporting role in such industries, for example in the financial, marketing and administrative parts of the cultural sector.

Course content

AS

Coursework Portfolio: A broad skills-building introduction to a variety of art processes, initially following a theme set within the department. All work is thoroughly grounded in the research and appreciation of art practices both traditional and contemporary. Leading to a presentation of research and development and final piece(s) as a final portfolio. The AS coursework portfolio also forms part of the student's A2 coursework submission should the student elect to do the 2 year course.

Controlled Assignment: Students respond to one of a range of starting points set by the exam board. A period of supported development work during Spring of the AS year leads to a 10 hour controlled test in which an outcome is to be produced. The Controlled Assignment accounts for 100% of the marks on the AS course.

A2

Personal Investigation: A development of the work done at AS, but with an emphasis on depth of engagement with artists and processes, that leads to one major project. The direction of study is increasingly student led, and once again leads to a mature presentation of ideas and research, together with a final portfolio of art work. Includes a related written element of a minimum 1000 words of continuous prose. The Personal Investigation accounts for 60% of the marks on the A Level course.

Controlled Assignment: Students respond to one of a range of starting points set by the exam board. A period of supported development work leads to a 15 hour controlled test in which an outcome is to be produced. The Controlled Assignment accounts for 40% of the marks on the A Level course.

Entry requirements

Required Grade B or above in GCSE Art. In exceptional circumstances students who have not achieved a B may be admitted at the discretion of the Head of Department. Similarly if Art is not studied at GCSE students must meet with Head of Department and show evidence of art skills.

Recommended At least 5 A*-C GCSEs (or equivalent).

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Plymstock School directly.

Last updated date: 21 September 2016

Key information

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

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