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Art and Design AS and A Level at Thomas Whitham Sixth Form

Course description

The course encourages a broad approach, which allows candidates to develop a sound grounding in a number of areas while still exploring the subject in depth. The specification builds on the skills, knowledge and understanding acquired through the GCSE Art course.

From very early in the course you will be encouraged to pursue your own ideas and interests through your work. Students will develop ideas using a range of sources, demonstrating analytical and critical understanding.

Experimenting with a selection of media, materials, techniques and processes. Reviewing and refining the work as it progresses. As well as practical studio-based work, students will be expected to keep a sketchbook of responses set as homework.

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Course content

Unit One:

Candidates produce a portfolio of work from starting points, topics or themes determined by their centre.

 

Unit Two:

3–6 weeks of preparation time plus 5 h controlled time. Candidates select one starting point from an early release question paper.

 

Unit Three: 

The investigation includes a related personal study that must be between 1000 and 3000 words.

 

Unit Four:

3–6 weeks of preparation time plus 15 h controlled time. Candidates select one starting point from an early release question paper.

Assessment

Unit One: 60% of the total AS GCE marks. Coursework 100 marks.

Unit Two: 40% of the total AS GCE marks. Examined 100 marks.

Unit Three: 30% of the total Advanced GCE marks. Candidates submit one major project that has a personal significance.  Coursework 100 marks.

Unit Four: 20% of the total Advanced GCE marks.  Examined 100 marks.

Future opportunities

Art and design can lead to careers in:

Media Work: TV; publishing; graphic design; art director; visualise; film camerawork; photographer; advertising; animation etc.

Craft-based Work: silversmith, jewellery design, restorer etc.

Design work: product design; fashion and textiles; interior design; package design; architecture; multimedia design; computer games design and many others.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Thomas Whitham Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 22 November 2016

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