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Art A Level at Beechen Cliff School

Course description

Art at A’Level is suited to students looking for a creative career in the media, design, architecture, advertising, film and TV. Art forms the basis of many of these career paths. You will need to be a creative thinker, capable of developing ideas through independent research. All students develop a portfolio of work which shows their ability to communicate an idea visually resulting in a final outcome which is unique and personal. Students should expect to show their work to others with pride!

Course content

Year 1

Unit 1: Candidate Portfolio (30%)
Based on themes and subject matter developed from drawing, painting and 3D work as starting points. All work will be selected, evaluated and presented for assessment by the candidates. Work is presented in a range of sketchbooks and a large variety of media. Experimentation is key to a successful portfolio. There is no controlled assignment at the end of the first year. Please note that ALL students need to show evidence of skilled technical drawing in their sketch books to pass their A’Level.

Year 2

Unit 2: Personal Investigation (30%)
Based on themes and subject matter developed from personal starting points that requires the candidate to communicate their understanding through integrated images and texts. Students need to be confident with analytical reference based on aspects of the course. Art History and documenting ideas through investigation and writing are key. All work will be selected, evaluated and presented for assessment by the candidates.

Unit 3: Controlled Assignment (40%)
Comprises an externally set assignment presented to the candidates at the start of the preparation period for the controlled test that will be a continuous period of focused study of twelve hours. All work will be selected, evaluated and presented for assessment by the candidates.

Further information

More frequently in recent years universities are looking for signs and evidence of creative skills across the curriculum. In particular Art complements subjects such as English, Music, Technology, History and Graphic Design.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Beechen Cliff School directly.

Last updated date: 10 May 2017

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