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Art & Design AS/A Level at Beverley High School

Course description

In the sixth form we follow the AQA Art & Design specification for AS and A2. This is a broad –based course introducing students to a variety of experiences using a range of media, processes and techniques, for example:-

Painting, drawing, mixed media including collage and assemblage, sculpture, printmaking, digital photography and image manipulation.

Course content

At AS level students must produce 2 units of work.

Unit 1 is the development of a coursework portfolio based on work carried out during the AS course.

Unit 2 is an externally set assignment; candidates are given a question paper containing 5 starting points from which they choose one. Students are then required to develop a project around their chosen theme. A supervised session of 5 hours forms part of the project.

At A2, candidates are required to build upon the knowledge, understanding and skills gained in the AS course, with greater depth of study.

Unit 3 is a personal investigation based on an idea, issue, concept or theme supported by 1000-3000 words.

Unit 4 is an externally set assignment; candidates are given a question paper containing 8 starting points from which they choose one. Students are then required to develop a project around their chosen theme. 15 hours of unaided, supervised work completes this unit of work.

Assessment

At AS level students must produce 2 units of work.

Unit 1 is the development of a coursework portfolio based on work carried out during the AS course.

Unit 2 is an externally set assignment; candidates are given a question paper containing 5 starting points from which they choose one. Students are then required to develop a project around their chosen theme. A supervised session of 5 hours forms part of the project.

At A2, candidates are required to build upon the knowledge, understanding and skills gained in the AS course, with greater depth of study.

Unit 3 is a personal investigation based on an idea, issue, concept or theme supported by 1000-3000 words.

Unit 4 is an externally set assignment; candidates are given a question paper containing 8 starting points from which they choose one. Students are then required to develop a project around their chosen theme. 15 hours of unaided, supervised work completes this unit of work.

Future opportunities

Engagement in Art & Design enables students to stretch their minds, promotes self- esteem, motivation, cultural awareness, emotional expression and an appreciation of diversity. Students will be encouraged to explore their creativity and produce inventive solutions to meet visual challenges. An art education is a broad experience which equips students with the ability and skills that support entry into a wide and diverse range of careers. By choosing to take Art & Design you are making the decision to follow a broad based course that is the first step to any career in the creative industries.

Art and Design is a vast and expanding industry with an enormous variety of jobs. The rapid expansion in new technologies has led to a serious skill shortage in many areas. Many of our students go on to study Art and Design in Higher Education and there are many different courses to choose from.

 

Further information

All students will produce a portfolio of work that will support their entry into further or higher education.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 23 August 2016

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    • Beverley High School is a Group 6, five-form entry girls' comprehensive within the East Riding of Yorkshire. 816 girls are currently on roll including 120 girls in the Sixth Form. The School, founded in 1908, has developed since 1973 from a grammar school into a fully comprehensive 11-18 establishment. The school celebrated its 100th anniversary in September 2008.

      Beverley High School is long established with an excellent record and considerable achievements in academic work, music, drama, art and sport. We are particularly concerned to develop each girl's good qualities to the full. The school has a long tradition of successful education and enjoys a high reputation within the community, both at local and county level. The school features in the “Good Schools’ Guide”.

      Subject departments are housed in purpose-built rooms set amidst fine grounds. We have a dedicated Library and Sixth Form Block. A Sports Hall was opened in September 2006 and an Art/Technology Centre opened in September 2008.