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Art and Design A Level at The Cherwell School

Course description

This course allows students opportunities to generate and develop ideas, research primary and contextual sources, record practical and written observations and experiment with media and processes. They refine their ideas towards producing personal resolved outcome(s).

All art students will be required to maintain a visually exciting work journal/sketchbook. This will be supported by practical workshops that aim to promote a good knowledge and understanding of contemporary artists’ methods and processes. Students will have to evidence at least 2 major skills (drawing/print/sculpture/etc.)

Course content

Year 12 will initially focus on developing a strong skills base. Ability to research and explore the works of others is essential; study trips will be organised but student initiative will be expected.

Year 13 will allow students to focus on aspects of art history that interest them as they produce an in depth contextual study consisting of a written investigation of no less than 1000 words, a work journal and an explanation of the artists they are studying. Teachers will advise and challenge students in attaining the specialist art knowledge needed to write their dissertations. This leads into independent work that focuses on a chosen creative problem and it is advised that the dissertation is used to identify practical problems that artists face in the creation of their work.

Entry requirements

Students are expected to have achieved a grade C or above at GCSE in art.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Cherwell School directly.

Last updated date: 31 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years