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Art and Design Fine Art at Sleaford Joint Sixth form

Course description

Sleaford Joint Sixth Form offers the opportunity for students to study a general Art and Design A Level in Fine Art where students develop their skills in a range of disciplines. a level –

Aims of the Course
The A level course should help to provide you with a sound grounding of knowledge, skills and understanding and as a foundation for further study. Furthermore, you should be able to develop the capacity to work independently. Successful practice in A Level Art and Design requires time and commitment. An important aspect is the need to develop effective skills in the handling of materials and an appreciation of the different techniques and processes used by the past experience of other artists and craftspeople.

AS Course Content

At AS students are introduced to a variety of experiences employing a range of media, processes and techniques appropriate to the chosen area of study:

AS Unit 1-Portfolio Unit - A collection of selected art work which is mainly produced in the first part of the course. The Portfolio should demonstrate experimentation with processes and techniques and include at least one extended project on an idea, concept, theme or issue of your choice from a selection given by your teacher.

AS Unit 2-Externally Set Assignment - Around 1st February candidates are issued an assignment paper after which you will have two to four weeks to research a starting point chosen from a selection set by AQA. After the research period you will have five consecutive hours of supervised and unaided time where you will be expected to develop ideas on your chosen starting point. After this time you will have until early May to complete the assignment which is assessed as a whole.

A2 Course Content, candidates are required to build upon the knowledge, understanding and skills gained in AS with a greater depth of study:

A2 Unit 3-Personal Investigation - This is the coursework element of the A2 course and includes both an extended essay of 1000 to 3000 words and a practical project. You are expected to develop work in response to an idea, issue, concept or theme of your choice, your work must include written material of a critical analytical nature and must link to your practical project. Your teachers will give you guidance on how to approach this aspect of the course but if possible you should have reasonable access to original work both in galleries and museums.

A2 Unit 4-Externally Set Assignment - In early February you will receive an exam paper set by AQA with eight possible starting points from which you will be expected to select one. Unlike the AS externally set assignment a number of artists, designers and craftspeople are mentioned as a catalyst for your research. You should also extend your study by looking at other individuals that you find relevant to your chosen starting point. After a period of study and research you will have fifteen hours of supervised time where you will be expected to complete your assignment which must demonstrate your ability to research, develop ideas and make links with contextual work. You must bring together all these elements to a successful conclusion.

Entry requirements

B or above at GCSE Art. A grade C may be considered with the support of your teachers.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sleaford Joint Sixth form directly.

Last updated date: 30 May 2014

Key information

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