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Art and Design A Level at Paddington Academy

Course description

Think about all the objects that you love – your mobile phone with its charming curves was first designed on a computer screen. That car you want to drive started life as a clay model, and that building that you admire sprang from an architect’s drawing board. This course is suitable for students interested in both graphic products and resistant materials.

The AS and A level courses build on prior learning at GCSE. Students will explore practical and critical/contextual work through a range of processes and media, including painting and drawing, printmaking, sculpture and lens-based image making. This course is designed to stimulate students’ intellectual, imaginative and creative capabilities.

Skills learned
- Generate and explore wide range of ideas using appropriate media and techniques
- How to undertake research, gathering visual material.
- Explore resources, analysing, discussing and evaluating images, objects and artefacts.
- Use knowledge and understanding of the work of others to develop and extend thinking and inform own work
- Apply knowledge and understanding in making images and artefacts
- Review and modify work; plan and develop ideas in a wide range of media
- Organise, select and communicate ideas, solutions and responses, and present them in a range of visual, tactile and/or sensory forms.

Course content

AS

Personal Investigation: A single unit of coursework developing responses from personal starting points. Students will explore processes and materials, critical studies, personal development, experimentation and research. 50% of total marks

Externally set assignment: An exam lasting 12 hours spread over two days. Exam topic is given out in January and students will work though a project towards producing a personal resolved outcome in response to an externally set theme.

A Level

Personal Investigation: This unit allows students opportunities to generate and develop ideas towards producing personal resolved outcomes. A ‘Personal Study’ will be evidenced through a 1000 word assignment (minimum). 60 % of total marks

Externally set assignment: An exam lasting 15 hours spread over 3 days. Exam topic is given out in February and students will have the opportunity to generate and develop ideas towards producing personal resolved outcomes in response to an externally set theme.

Entry requirements

B Grade in GCSE Art, or successful completion of two week introductory course in June/July 2017 and summer project.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Paddington Academy directly.

Last updated date: 04 April 2017
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