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Art and Design A Level at Wanstead High School

Course description

Year 12

Component 1 Students are required to submit a personal investigation of work, which will count for 60%.The portfolio of work is marked by the art teachers and moderated by the exam board.
Component 2 is an externally set assignment which will count for 40%. The assignment will be preparatory based +10 hours supervised time. The work produced will be marked by the centre and moderated by the exam board.

Year 13

Component 1 Students are required to submit a personal investigation of work, which will count for 60%.The portfolio of work is marked by the art teachers and moderated by the exam board.
Component 2 is an externally set assignment which will count for 40%. The assignment will be preparatory based +15 hours supervised time. The work produced will be marked by the centre and moderated by the exam board.

Course content

Component 1 Sept.-Jan
This is a practical investigation supported by written material (between 1000-3000 words).
Students are required to conduct a practical investigation, into an idea, issue, concept or theme, supported by written material. The focus of the investigation must be identified independently by the student and must lead to a finished outcome or a series of related finished outcomes. The investigation should be a coherent, in-depth study that demonstrates the student’s ability to construct and develop a sustained line of reasoning from an initial starting point to a final realisation. The investigation must show clear development from initial intentions to the final outcome or outcomes. It must include evidence of the student’s ability to research and develop ideas and relate their work in meaningful ways to relevant critical/contextual materials. The investigation must be informed by an aspect of contemporary or past practice of artists, photographers, designers or craftspeople.

Year 12 Component 2 (externally set assignment) 10 hours supervised
Year 13 Component 2 (externally set assignment) 15 hours supervised

Students will be provided with examination papers on 1 February, or as soon as possible after that date. Following receipt of the paper students should consider the starting points and select one. Preparatory work should be presented in any suitable format, such as mounted sheets, design sheets, sketchbooks, workbooks, journals, models, etc. Following the preparatory period, students must complete 15 hours of unaided, supervised time. The first 3 hours of the supervised time must be consecutive. In the 10 or 15 hours students must produce a finished outcome or a series of related finished outcomes, informed by their preparatory work.

Students will be expected to submit a written element between 1000-3000 words on their personal investigation in Year 13.

Entry requirements

Grade A* - B in Art GCSE
Commitment to the subject is extremely important. Self-motivation and an enquiring mind are crucial to success in this subject.

Future opportunities

There are many careers in art, craft and design. Most of them require further study at an art school, college or university. At present most students wishing to take art, craft or design will go on to do a one year foundation course at an art college of further education before applying to degree courses in more specialised areas of art and design. You may wish to study art A level for its own sake, perhaps to form the basis of future interest or as part of a range of other subjects. Or you might wish to go into a job where it is useful to have experience in art or where you will need to use some of the skills developed during this course. These might include careers in such fields as media, advertising, marketing, design, architecture, publishing and the media. Success in A Level art requires determination and dedication in whichever future path you choose. It can be a very rewarding beginning.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 31 March 2017
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