Art and Design: Fine Art at St Gregory's Catholic School
Art & Design A level course opens opportunities across the design industries. You will have the chance to pursue personal interests whilst developing your ability to record, research, design and make. You will create work across a number of discipline areas including painting and drawing, photography, graphic design, sculpture, mixed media and ceramics. In addition this course gives you the opportunity to develop your personal expression, imagination, sensitivity, conceptual thinking, powers of observation and analytical ability.
Students will have the opportunity to experiment with a range of techniques and drawing methods including a day of life drawing. Following the initial guided unit, students will have the freedom to pursue their own choice of subject matter and will be supported in their independent exploration of their theme. All projects will be informed by artist research and gallery visits are an important source of inspiration. Ideas will develop using a range of media and processes including work in 2 and 3-dimensions.
Component 1: Personal Investigation.
This incorporates three major elements: supporting studies, practical work, and a personal study. Supporting studies and practical work will comprise a portfolio of artwork and outcomes based on themes and ideas developed from personal starting points. Initial workshops will introduce new techniques and broaden the experience of students through a variety of drawing methods and 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.
How is it assessed:
Component 2: Externally Set Assignment
This component allows students the opportunity 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. Incorporates two major elements: preparatory studies and the 15 hour exam.
How is it assessed:
Five GCSE’s at level 4 or above including Art and English at level 6 or above.
Many A Level many students go on to Art and Design College. Past students have made careers in fashion, graphics, photography, film making, textile design, car design, teaching, art conservation, architecture, fine art, product design and animation.
To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Gregory's Catholic School directly.