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Art, Craft and Design A Level at Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys

Course description

Unit 1 - 60%
Year 12 Coursework Portfolio:
Practical unit based on a set theme using a variety of skills and media such as: photography, drawing, painting, mixed media, and ceramics.

Year 13 Personal Investigation:
Practical investigation using the skills and techniques developed in Year 12. This is linked to the written investigation.

Year 13 Written Investigation:
An essay of at least 1000 words linking to the Year 13 practical work.

Unit 2 - 40%
Externally set Assessment:
An externally set assignment in which students respond to given starting points. Students have a set period of preparation time, culminating in a 15-hour practical exam to produce their final outcome.

Course content

Students are taught various ways to research and respond to the artwork of others and the world around them; these skills are developed throughout the two-year course. Alongside practical work created using a wide variety of techniques and materials, students study chosen artists in an analytical way and full annotation of thought processes expected. Students are encouraged to be as creative as possible and to
produce work in both 2 and 3 dimensions. Initial research is developed by experimenting with composition, colour and imagery to produce skilfully made, individual outcomes. Students are given regular individual tutorials and assessment is continual. Examination papers are given out in February of Year 13 and students have approximately a 12-week preparation period to gather research and develop their ideas on the set theme. At the end of the preparation period, students sit the 15 hour, 3-day examination during which they produce an unaided outcome.

Entry requirements

GCSE Art and Design Level 6

Future opportunities

Art and Design develops a unique ability to decipher and engage with the plethora of visual imagery surrounding us in today’s world. It may prepare students for future careers in Art and Design; it is particularly appropriate for students wishing to take up a career in Fine Art, Textiles, Graphic Design, Fashion, Interior design, Interior and Industrial Design, Architecture, Photography and Journalism.

Further information

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How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys directly.

Last updated date: 06 November 2018
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