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Art and Design AS and A Level at Park House School

Course description

A course in art, craft and design should develop your ability to appreciate all things visual, respond in a personal and creative way and perhaps even contribute something for the benefit of everyone. The skills you will develop will be varied. You will develop a working knowledge of materials, practices and technology within art. You will develop the skills to interpret and convey your ideas and feelings using art, craft and design. You will develop your imaginative and creative powers and your experimental, analytical and documenting skills. You will also develop a specialist vocabulary and the knowledge and understanding of the place of art, craft and design in history and in contemporary society. There are many careers in art, craft and design. Most of these require further study at an art school, further education college or university. If you are unsure about whether to make a career of the subject, the best thing to do is to speak to your art teacher who will know about the courses on offer in your area or elsewhere.

Course content

AS Course Summary
Unit 1 Coursework Portfolio
50% of AS / 25% of A Level
You will produce a collection of material which exemplifies work carried out during the AS course. The work is set and marked internally and moderated by AQA.
Unit 2 Externally-Set Assignment
50% of AS / 25% of A Level
For this assignment students produce preparatory work and undertake a 5 hour unaided developmental piece in exam conditions. They then go on to complete this unit of work, producing a sustained final piece. It is seen as a unit of work comparable in quantity and quality to the coursework portfolio unit. 
A2 Course Summary
Unit 3 Personal Investigation
25% of A Level
The emphasis of this unit should be on self-directed study based on a personal issue, interest or concern. You must demonstrate evidence of greater maturity, more advanced skills and techniques. In addition you are required to submit written work in support of your practical work of approximately 1,000 – 3,000 words. The quality of written communication will be assessed in this unit.
Unit 4 Externally-Set Assignment
25% of A Level

Entry requirements

The best foundation for success in AS is grade A* – B at GCSE. AS Level art is not an easy option and you should be prepared to work hard at developing your abilities.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 15 August 2016

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