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Art at Harwich and Dovercourt High School

Course description

At the start of the AS year students will experience a ‘Foundation Project’. This will give them time to experience a range of different techniques and materials. Students will then be required to produce a coursework portfolio which will run through to February: this will be based on the theme ‘A Sense of Space’. There is an opportunity to express themselves in a range of media: printmaking, photography, ceramics, 3D and paint.

In February students will start work on one chosen exam question and have 6 weeks of lessons to prepare for their five-hour exam.

A2 starts with a ‘Personal Investigation’ project, which is a coursework module. This will run from September to February and in the A2 this module demands greater independence. Students are required to complete a 2000-word essay which should be inspired by the theme of their Personal Investigation project.

A level students also complete a Controlled Assignment. Students are expected to spend 6 weeks preparing for their exam, using one exam question as inspiration. In the exam, which is 15 hours long, students will produce a sustained piece of work. At the end of the year students from both years will get a chance to exhibit their work to celebrate what they have created and achieved throughout the year. Teachers, governors and parents are invited to this evening.

Entry requirements

Students must have grade C in GCSE Art.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Harwich and Dovercourt High School directly.

Last updated date: 02 July 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years