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Art & Design AS A2 at The Duston School

Course description

Art and Design courses provide a stimulating and exciting exploration into the varied Art specialisms.  You will develop ideas by researching into other artists and will be encouraged to examine the world around you visually.  You will work through a variety of techniques and processes.

Course content

Art and Design courses provide a stimulating and exciting exploration into the varied Art specialisms. You will develop ideas by researching into other artists and will be encouraged to examine the world around you visually. You will work through a variety of techniques and processes.

As an Art and Design student, you will be expected to:

  • Write about your own work
  • Express personal and creative ideas
  • Produce final outcomes using a range of approaches and methods

Primarily, work will be developed in A3 Work Journals. Final pieces can be produced in a wide range of sizes.

Your studies will encourage your ability to express ideas through a variety of media, materials and techniques.

Areas of study include:

  • painting and drawing
  • print making and three dimensional studies
  • we also look at contemporary and historical Art through research and visit to local and London galleries

Use of mixed media is also important together with drawing from direct observation. Personal photography is essential in gathering ideas from primary sources.

Practical Artwork in two and three dimensions, experiencing a wide variety of approaches and ways of working. Visits to exhibitions that are relevant to your area of study take place in both Year 12 and Year 13.

You will be involved in selecting materials for your practical activities, drawing on your strengths and a willingness to learn new techniques to broaden your portfolio.

A series of tutorials with Art staff will enable you to discuss and develop ideas further.

It is important that confidence is gained when analysing your own work. You will also look at the work of fellow students and get involved in peer assessment.

Entry requirements

A minimum C grade in GCSE Art and English. Enthusiasm and a willingness to work very hard and persevere with work are very important.

Spending time out of lessons, building up and further developing work is essential in order to meet demanding course requirements.

Assessment

The AS Units will be:

Unit 1 - Coursework 60%

Unit 2 - Externally Set Assignment 40%

The A2 Units will be:

Unit 3 - Coursework 60%

Unit 4 - Externally Set Assignment 40%

Marking trials and familiarisation with the Four Assessment Objectives help students to gain the knowledge and necessary experience in order to meet their target grade.

Financial information

Possible purchase of art materials, and visits to Art galleries.

Future opportunities

Many of our students decide to further their career within Art and we enjoy a 100% acceptance rate onto the Foundation Course at The University of Northampton.

Open Days at Avenue Campus help our students to gain an insight into their facilities as well as talking to staff and current students.

This one year course provides the stepping stone to a wide choice of Art Degrees.

Further information

For further details please contact Mr J Hillyer

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Duston School directly.

Last updated date: 26 May 2015
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