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Art and Design at The Chase School

Course description

The course at AS level is project based 50% coursework (Unit 1) and 50% exam (Unit 2 - externally set). A series of technical workshops (photography, print-making and ceramics) is provided before you are expected to take the theme in a direction of your choice. Contextual and critical analysis of others’ work will always play a central role in every project but equal emphasis will be placed on your ability to experiment with media, a variety of processes and development of ideas.

As the AS course, A2 consists of two units - Unit 3, coursework and Unit 4, exam. This year you will be expected to develop a project based on your own ideas/concepts. Your work has to include a 1,000-3,000 word essay supporting your practical work. The same expectation of critical understanding of others’ work still applies as does the expectation of experimentation and development of media processes.

At the end of both AS and A2 selected pieces of your work will be part of the annual Art Exhibition.

It is highly recommended that you keep up-to-date with exhibitions locally and nationally as this will increase your knowledge of contemporary art as well as improving your grades (and hopefully inspire you). The department does aim to enrich the course by arranging trips when possible.

Entry requirements

Students who cope well with 4 AS levels in the Lower Sixth and then 3 or 4 A levels in the Upper Sixth will usually have gained at least 4 Bs and probably 2 As at GCSE level.

If you hope to study 3 AS levels and carry these through to completion as A-level, we will expect at least 4 Bs at GCSE level.

Most departments advise that Bs are necessary for entry to an AS course but individual circumstances are always considered, as appropriate, when GCSE results are published in the summer.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 03 June 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years