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Art and Design AS/A2 (See Option Blocks on our website) at Notre Dame High School

Course description

The AS course consists of two units of work; a coursework portfolio and an externally set assignment. The full A level requires a larger portfolio of practical work which may be selected from year twelve and year thirteen projects. In addition to this students completing the full A level will complete a personal investigation in the form of an extended essay or presentation into an area of artistic practise of their choosing. This is followed by an external assignment to be completed in year thirteen.

Course content

The AS course consists of two units of work; a coursework portfolio and an externally set assignment. The full A level requires a larger portfolio of practical work which may be selected from year twelve and year thirteen projects. In addition to this students completing the full A level will complete a personal investigation in the form of an extended essay or presentation into an area of artistic practise of their choosing. This is followed by an external assignment to be completed in year thirteen. We encourage students to work in a wide variety of media and processes. Aspects of the work will include:

• Exploring a range of media such as painting, drawing, photography, mixed media, ceramics and print-making and three dimensional media.

• Using sketchbooks to record, analyse and express ideas

• Working on a variety of scales including large scale and three dimensional work

• Visits to local and national art galleries

• Researching and exploring ideas inspired by artists

• Themes such as Environment, Figure, Relationships and Identity.

Entry requirements

Most students will be expected to have achieved at least grade C in GCSE Art & Design or a related subject as an entry requirement for the course. Standard entry requirements if not. In addition the following personal qualities are essential:

• an enthusiasm for the subject

• the capacity to explore, investigate and develop ideas

• the ability to develop artistic skills in a range of media

• a degree of independence and self-motivation

• an interest in seeing works of art at first hand

• the ability to meet deadlines and manage time effectively

• the literacy skills necessary to present written ideas

Although individual expression and creativity are important ingredients when studying art, success on this course does require a disciplined, business-like approach.

Assessment

AS Examination

Unit 1

Coursework Portfolio 50% of AS

Candidates will produce a collection of work which is set and marked by the centre and moderated by AQA.

Unit 2

Externally set assignment 50% of AS

Candidates select one of 5 starting points. The externally set assignment will last from February until May. Candidates will produce preparatory work and then focus on developing ideas during the 5 hours of supervised time. This unit is set by AQA, marked by the centre and moderated by AQA.

A2 Examination

Unit 3

Personal Investigation 50% of A level

Candidates select and present an extended project demonstrating a sustained investigation into media, processes and ideas. This may draw upon work produced in both year twelve and year thirteen, and may contain one or a series of finished artworks. In addition, commencing in year thirteen, candidates develop a personal investigation based on an idea, issue, concept or theme, supported by a written element of no less than 1,000 words and no more than 3,000 words. This unit is set and marked by the centre and moderated by AQA.

Unit 4

Externally Set Assignment 50% of A level

Candidates select one of eight starting points. The externally set assignment will last from February until May. Candidates will produce preparatory work and a finished piece or pieces during the fifteen hours of unaided, supervised time. This unit is set by AQA , marked by the centre and moderated by AQA.

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: 20 October 2016
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