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Fine Art - delivered at St Thomas Aquinas School at St Thomas Aquinas Catholic School

Course description

Aims of the course

- Intellectual, imaginative, creative and intuitive powers.

- Investigate, analytical, experimental, practical, technical and expressive skills, aesthetic understanding and critical judgement.

- An understanding of the interrelationships between art, craft and design and an awareness of the contexts in which they operate.

- Knowledge and understanding of art, craft and design in contemporary society and in other times and cultures.

Students may use a variety of media, including painting, printmaking and 3D work.

Sketchbooks are an integral part of their coursework and students will be expected to record, research and develop ideas in visual and written form.

Course content

A LEVEL SUMMARY

This is a two-year course.

In the first year; students will be expected to work through a thematic project and produce a sketchbook. Students will not sit an exam.

In the second year; students will continue their own personal response and produce a final piece of work. They will also be expected to write an essay on their chosen theme. In February students will be given an exam paper and they will then begin their preparatory work. The final piece will be produced in a 15-hour exam in the summer term.

Assessment objectives and weightings

AO1 Develop ideas through sustained investigations and exploration, selecting and using materials, processes and resources, identifying and interpreting relationships and analysing methods and outcomes. 25%

AO2 Experiment with and select appropriate resources, media, materials, techniques and processes, reviewing and refining their ideas as their work develops 25%

AO3 Record observations, experiences, ideas, information and insight in visual and other forms, appropriate to intentions. 25%

AO4 Present a personal, coherent and informed response, realising intentions, and articulating and explaining connections with the work of others. 25%

Entry requirements

You should have achieved an Average Point Score across all your GCSE subjects of 40+. It is desirable but not essential to have studied Art and Design at GCSE.

Assessment

AO1 Develop ideas through sustained investigations and exploration, selecting and using materials, processes and resources, identifying and interpreting relationships and analysing methods and outcomes. 25%

AO2 Experiment with and select appropriate resources, media, materials, techniques and processes, reviewing and refining their ideas as their work develops 25%

AO3 Record observations, experiences, ideas, information and insight in visual and other forms, appropriate to intentions. 25%

AO4 Present a personal, coherent and informed response, realising intentions,

Future opportunities

Students who want to continue their art training first complete a foundation course. This is a one-year, full-time course. There are a large number of art and design courses available at degree level .e.g. fine art, photography, fashion, ceramics, textiles, graphics, furniture design, jewellery, illustration, etc. Students who chose not to take art further as a career option still benefit greatly from the experience.

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: 12 October 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September

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