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Art & Design A Level at Oldbury Wells School

Course description

Study A Level Art and Design to develop creative thinking, experiment with media, extend practical skills, explore the imagination and express yourself.

Course content

AS Year 12

Component 1: Practical Coursework Portfolio (60%) This consists of a personal coursework project based in the theme of identity, launched with an inspirational PowerPoint. You will be given mini workshops on techniques such as the use of higher level painting techniques, life drawing observation and more experimental media work. From this starting point you will develop the project through personal exploration developing ideas, researching artists and presenting your work effectively. Work will be presented in sketch books and on mood boards. Students produce a final practical personal art and design piece using fine art, mixed media or graphical skills in response to the Identity Theme. Your work will be supported by individual feedback, personal development targets and assessments linked to the exam criteria so you know how to develop and improve your work to help reach your target grade.

Component 2: Externally Set Assignment (40%) You will be given a controlled assignment paper from the exam board with starting points to select your own question. This paper will be supported by a PowerPoint of artists, designers and illustrators to give initial research ideas. You will be expected to then research, experiment and plan out imaginative ideas leading to a final ten-hour piece in controlled exam conditions.

A2 Year 13

Component 3: Self- Initiated Brief– Practical Personal Study (60%) At A2 level you are able to design your own practical project and there ART AND DESIGN is freedom to make your work more personal. Lessons are varied, some with a focus on assessment objectives and others with time to work independently to develop personal ideas. During this time you will be supported with individual feedback and targets to ensure you are guided in terms of meeting all four assessment objectives and a personal final piece or pieces. Written Element: should be of a critical, analytical nature and can be included in a variety of forms such as a personal study, a journal or essay. The written element should be no less than 1000 and no more than 3000 words. Students are guided with this element and have a support booklet.

Component 4: Externally Set Assignment (40%) You will be given a controlled test paper from the exam board with starting points to select your own question. This paper will be supported by a PowerPoint of artists, designers and illustrators to give initial research ideas. You will be expected to then research, experiment and plan out imaginative ideas leading to a final fifteen-hour final study in controlled conditions.

Entry requirements

Students can be accepted without studying Art at KS4 but need to present a portfolio of sketching, artwork and photography of Grade B standard before their application will be accepted.

Future opportunities

Students who study Art and Design usually go on to a one year Art Foundation course at TCAT, Stourbridge or Shrewsbury. This course allows students to have a broader experience of different aspects of Art and Design such as Print Making, Digital Applications and Sculpture. From this students can then go on to other higher education or degree courses to specialise in a range of Art and Design related subjects such as: Fine Painting, Graphics, Illustration, Sculpture, Jewellery Making, Fashion, Photography, Art History, Furniture Design, Interior Design, Animation, 3D Design, Film and Media.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Oldbury Wells School directly.

Last updated date: 16 January 2017

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