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Art and Design (Fine Art) at Downham Market Academy

Course description

Studying A level Art and Design (Fine Art) will help you to develop intellectual, imaginative, creative and intuitive skills. You will have the opportunity to investigate, experiment, develop practical skills as well as aesthetic understanding and critical judgment . You will enjoy opportunities to develop independence of mind, explore your own ideas and refine your skills to produce perso nal outcomes.

Studying Art and Design requires engagement with aesthetic and intellectual concepts through the use of traditional and non - traditional media, materials, techniques and processes for the purpose of self - expression. Fine art may be created to communicate ideas and messages about the observed world, the qualities of materials, perceptions, or preconceptions. It can also be used to explore personal and cultural identity, society and how we live, visual language, and technology. Studying Art and Design allows you to consider and reflect on our place in the world, both as individuals and collectively. 

Drawing from observation is an essential part of the course, drawing in fine art forms an essential part of the development process from initial idea to finished work. You will also learn various ways of presenting your work for display.

You will look at the ways other artists and designers have worked and use this understanding to enhance your own artwork.

As you progress through the A level course and learn more advanced skills you will be encouraged to find ways of developing your own personal style and interests. If you have a leaning towards painting, for example, you will have the opportunity to develop skills in this area. The course w ill enable you to work to your strengths in painting, print, drawing, mixed media and photography.

The majority of students studying Art achieve A - C grades and many students progress to Art Foundation Courses or to Higher Education in a wide variety of f ields from Textile Design to Fine Art. This course is particularly suitable for students who wish to pursue art and design at a higher level but who are not sure which area to specialise in. A good range of practical work is one of the essential requiremen ts for entry into art courses in higher education and institutions are looking for art students who have enquiring minds and an enthusiasm and understanding of all aspects of art and design.

Art should be taken for one reason only: because playing with li ne, tone, shape, form, texture and colour fills you with joy. Do not pick A Level Art as a ‘filler’ subject. A Level Art and Design does have a large workload. Students who take the subject must adapt as a matter of survival. While the heavy workload can b e an initial shock; those who survive emerge with focus, organisational and time management skills that many other students dream of.

Course content

Structure of the A Level Course:

Component 1 9FA0/01 Title: Personal Investigation

● Internally set, assessed by the teacher and externally moderated.

● 60% of the total qualification Overview of content. This component allows students opportunities to generate and develop ideas, research primary and contextual sources, record practical and written observations, exper iment with media and processes, and refine ideas towards producing personal resolved outcome(s). This will require students to address each of the Assessment Objectives. Overview of assessment

● Incorporates three major elements: supporting studies, practical work, and a personal study.

● Supporting studies and practical work will comprise a portfolio of development work and outcomes based on themes and ideas developed from personal starting points.

● The personal study will be evidenced through critical written communication showing contextual research and understanding in a minimum 1000 words of continuous prose, which may contain integrated images. The personal study comprises 12% of the total qualification and is marked out of 18.

● Work must cover all four Assessment Objectives

Component 2 9FA0/02, Title: Externally Set Assignment

● Externally set, assessed by the teacher and externally moderated.

● 40% of the total qualification Overview of content This component allows students opportunities to generate and develop ideas, research primary and contextual sources, record practical and written observations, experiment with media and processes, and refine ideas towards producing personal resolved outcome(s) in response to an externally set theme. This will require students to address each of the Assessment Objectives given on page 3. Students must continue to work within the same title as component 1. Overview of assessment

● Incorporates two major elements: preparatory studies and the 15 – hour period of sustained focus.

● Preparatory studies will comprise a portfolio of practical and written development work based on the Externally Set Assignment.

● During the 15 – hour perio d of sustained focus under examination conditions, students will produce final outcome(s) extending from their preparatory studies in response to the Externally Set Assignment.

● The Externally Set Assignment is released on 1 February and contains a theme and suggested starting points.

● Students have from 1 February until the commencement of the final 15 – hour period of sustained focus to develop preparatory studies.

● The 15 – hour period of sustained focus under examination conditions may take place over multiple sessions (a maximum of five, within three consecutive weeks).

● Work must cover all four Assessment Objectives

Entry requirements

Grade B* at GCSE

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 09 October 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September

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