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Art and Design Fine Art A Level at Lady Manners School

Course description

  • Practical projects on set/negotiated themes, with clear guidance and progression from GCSE.
  • Sketchbooks, research, development and study sheets lead to final pieces in a range of styles and media.
  • Student work in 2D and 3D. Life drawing classes are a part of the course.
  • Students use the following techniques and media: drawing, painting, photography, mixed media, sculpture (clay and other media) and printing

Course content

In the first year students develop skills through project work and one off sessions. There is a focus on both independent experimentation and the development of more formal taught skills.

In the second year students produce two projects for formal assessment:

Component 1: Personal Investigation (Coursework)  

This is a practical investigation supported by written material. Students are required to create a portfolio project of practical artwork based on an idea, issue, concept or theme. They also produce a 1000 – 3000 word written study to accompany their practical work. Theory work is supported by a taught programme of practical and essay writing skills, a gallery visit and individual tutorials.

Component 2: Externally set assignment (Exam)

This is a practical project based on a choice of themes set by AQA leading to 15 hours’ timed independent work. All work is completed and presented for assessment by early May in the year of examination.

Entry requirements

A 'C' grade or above in an Art discipline is required.


Component 1: Personal Investigation (Coursework) 60% of A Level

Component 2: Externally set Assignment (Exam) 40% of A Level

All work is assessed by the centre and moderated by AQA.

Future opportunities

Qualifications accepted for general admission to colleges/universities, as well as Art and Design Foundation and degree courses.

Career and subject links include: Advertising, architecture, art therapy, art & design history, conservation and restoration, a range of design disciplines, media, photography, etc.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Lady Manners School directly.

Last updated date: 20 January 2017

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