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Art and Design (Fine Art) A Level at Upton Court Grammar School

Course description

The AQA Fine Art course enables students to produce practical and contextual work in one or more area including painting, drawing, mixed media, sculpture installation, printmaking, film, animation and photography. Students will have the opportunity to build upon previous experiences and interests explored at GCSE and are encouraged to be independent in their learning, choosing their own direction.

Having selected a starting point from a set theme, students will initiate their own development and progress, supporting their ideas with sustained research. Students must be willing to experiment with a wide variety of media, take risks and open their minds to a range of possibilities and influences.

They will also be required to critically analyse the work of other Artists, relevant to the direction of their work. The stages of self-initiated work provide the basis for students to realise their intentions within a final body of work. Students are expected to be ambitious and approach their subject with great enthusiasm.

Course content

Component 1 (AS level only) The portfolio has no time limit is worth 60% of the marks. It comprises the first part of the AS. Students develop work based on an issue, concept or theme leading to a final outcome(s).

Component 2 (AS level only) An assignment is set worth 40% of the AS level and students choose a question to research from February onwards. Students will have 10 hours of supervised time in order to produce a finished outcome.

Component 1 (A level only) This personal investigation consists of coursework with no time limit and is worth 60% of the marks. Students develop work based on an idea, issue or concept and it must be supported by between 1000 and 3000 of written work.

Component 2 (A level only) An art assignment is set worth 40% of the A level and students choose a question to be used as a starting point for investigation In May students then have 15 hours of supervised time to produce a finished outcome for their chosen theme.

There is more flexibility with the new Art and Design A level as the courses are now stand alone qualifications which means that students can either study;

Future opportunities

Pursuing a career in an Art and Design field like Web Design, Theatre Design, Fashion design, Fine Art, or Graphic Communication will require an Art and Design A level or equivalent to study to degree level. Many Architecture courses request an Art portfolio. Art will also aid your manual dexterity and increase your ability to think independently.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Upton Court Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 08 September 2016

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