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Textiles AS/A Level Art and Design at Okehampton College

Course description

- The aim of this course is to develop your knowledge and skills in the use of a wide range of media techniques and processes, whilst also finding out more about other artists’ work.
- You will build up a portfolio of your own work exploring different Textiles’ techniques
- You will have the opportunity to visit major galleries in London and Paris as well as local venues including a day visit to Bristol.
- By the end of the AS course you will have a portfolio of work that will demonstrate the breadth of your studies, and form the foundation to support your application to Art College.

Course content

Areas to be covered in Year 12

Component 1 Portfolio – 60% of AS

- You will have a 6 week foundation course that will develop your knowledge and skills in the use of media, processes and techniques.
- You will work on at least one extended project to which there will be a final outcome.
- You will be encouraged to try out new ideas, and explore your own creativity whilst developing connections with the work of other artists.
- Your Coursework Portfolio should be finished by Feb 1st

Component 2 Externally Set Assessment – 40% of AS

- You will be given your exam paper on or very close to Feb 1st. It will contain a selection of starting points from which you choose one (like GCSE).
- You will be given guidance from your teacher in the development of this project.
- After 3 to 4 weeks, you will produce a final piece in response to your research done so far. This will be done in a 10hr exam where you will not have access to the internet and must work from studies done so far

Areas to be covered in Year 13

Component 1 Personal Investigation - 60% of A Level

This Unit is in two interconnected parts.
- Your practical investigations culminating in a substantial final piece or pieces
- A written investigation to be in continuous prose of between 1000 – 3000 words. This must be well written and legible, so should be word-processed. Spelling and grammar should be accurate.
- You will start your Year 13 course in June after the AS exams have finished. It is vital that you see some ‘live’ art to base your personal investigation on. We will aim to organise group trips to galleries for example in Bristol or London, to give you the opportunity to do this. However you may be required to organise visits independently, depending on your chosen area of investigation.
- You will then start investigating the work of your chosen artist/artists by discovering how they have used media, processes and techniques to produce their work. If your chosen artist is still alive, we would highly recommended that you make contact with them and ask them a series of interview questions to gain a better understanding about their practice.
- This will be the springboard for your own practical work.
- You will be given guidance on how to structure the written element of the investigation.
- You will be expected to produce a 500 word draft investigation over the summer.
- You will work on the practical side of the investigation from September until February 1st .

Component 2 Externally Set Assessment – 40%

- You will be given your exam paper on or very close to Feb 1st. It will contain a selection of starting points from which you choose one (like AS).
- You will be given guidance from your teacher in the development of this project.
- You will then have until early May to complete this project.
- The project will finish with a 15hr exam where you produce your final outcome in response to your project.

Entry requirements

A minimum of 5 A*s - C GCSEs with specifically a minimum grade B in Textiles.

Financial information

You will need to have your own: -

Set of sewing materials (e.g. cutting shears, threads, fabrics)

Students will be expected to continue working outside of lesson time so will need to have access to their own sewing machine.

Sketchbook and folder (these can be purchased from the Art department for approximately £6 each)

A USB memory stick and we would recommend students have their own digital camera to document their work as it progresses.

Students will be expected to print images in colour using their own print credits.

Future opportunities

- Foundation Art & Design (1yr)
- Foundation Degree in Art & Design (3yr)
- Degree in Art & Design – all disciplines (3yrs)
- Universities love candidates who have studied an Arts subject even if you are not planning to take Art as a degree.

There are a huge variety of jobs in creative industries - the fastest growth area of British industry:-

Illustration, Graphic Design, Animation, Theatre – costume design/set design, Photography, Surface Design, Textiles, Fashion, Ceramics, Sculpture, Film, Digital Media, Architecture, Landscaping.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Okehampton College directly.

Last updated date: 16 August 2016

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