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Art and Design - A Level at Heart of England Sixth Form

Course description

A level Art and Design is designed to encourage you to develop your creative, imaginative and intellectual powers. You will expand your knowledge and understanding of art, craft and design in contemporary society and in different times and cultures. Additionally, you will be given the opportunity to explore personal ideas through sustained investigations using a wide range of materials and techniques. Visits to local and national galleries and museums are a feature of the course and you will be encouraged to experience actual artwork in its many forms.

Course content

We will offer a choice of two specialisms: Fine Art and Photography.

A Level Art and Design consists of two components: a Personal investigation (60%)and an Externally set task (40%).

The Personal investigation has two integrated elements: a portfolio of practical work and a related written study (minimum 1000 words) which explores the context in which your chosen practical area of study exists.

There is a choice of themes for the Externally set task which begins in February. OCR will provide you with a list of themes.  Each theme offers a choice of textual and visual starting points, briefs and stimuli and will lead to a 15 hour final piece. 

Both components will give you the opportunity to demonstrate your ability to construct and develop a sustained line of reasoning through an extended response within the context of the creative process. This reflects your ability to develop, refine and record your ideas and will demonstrate your critical and contextual understanding. 

Entry requirements

Standard entry requirements.

Students will be expected to have gained a grade C or higher in Art or Art Photography GCSE.

Strong drawing skills are crucial to success and you should be confident about your drawing ability.  The ability and willingness to engage in thorough independent preparation and research will greatly help your chances of success.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Heart of England Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 03 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September