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Art & Design AS & A Level at Bebington High Sports College

Course description

The course A Level Art and Design has been designed to refine the art skills learnt at GCSE. The course allows students to experiment with a range of media but focuses on the concepts and ideas behind the units. Students are encouraged to analyse, think deeply and explore Art and Design from their own viewpoints. The work of artists and designers will inform the units of work. Gallery visits are essential on an A Level course.

Course content

AS (one year) - Consists of two units:

  • Unit 1: Developing a portfolio of work (25% of the overall A Level marks) This is an investigation based on an idea, issue, concept or theme set by your teacher
  • Unit 2: Externally Set Assignment (25% of the overall A Level marks) The exam board will provide you with a paper with several questions. You select a question and have a specified time to produce a selection of work that will result in a final piece. This is just another investigation where your initial starting point is provided by the exam board. You have 5 hrs to create a piece of artwork.

A2 (one year) - Consists of two units:

  • Unit 3: Personal Investigation (25% of the overall A Level marks) This is an investigation based on an idea, issue, concept or theme of your choice. It includes a 1000 word written journal.
  • Unit 4: Externally Set Assignment (25% of the overall A Level marks) The exam board will provide you with a paper with several questions. You select a question and have a specified time to produce a selection of work that will result in a final piece. This is just another investigation where your initial starting point is provided by the exam board. You have 15 hrs to create a final piece.

Entry requirements

Students should gain a C grade or above in GCSE Art and Design or a pass at BTEC Art and Design.

Assessment

AS and A courses are graded A*- E against AQA assessment criteria.

Future opportunities

With a good A Level in art you can go on to university to study a wide range of courses such as Architecture, Interior Design, Fashion and Textiles, Graphic Design and Illustration, History of Art and Fine Art. You may also want to consider enrolling on an art foundation, which covers a wide range of media and prepares you for an Arts based degree. Students who study art can go on to work in careers such as:

  • Animation
  • Architect
  • Art teacher
  • Artist
  • Branding and logos for corporate identity
  • Ceramicist
  • Director of films and documentaries
  • Engineer (ergonomics)
  • Furniture, fashion, toy, jewellery, web and video game designers
  • Gallery and museum curator
  • Hair and beauty
  • Illustrators, children’s books, cartoonists
  • Interior designer
  • Photographer
  • Textile design

Further information

Art A Level has had 100% pass rate for the past four years.

The Art department has been undergoing some changes in order to make your time at 6th form more enjoyable. We have listened to what you want and have transformed F11 into a 6th form art room.

Art is about expressing yourself creatively in whatever medium you can relate to. Whether that is large scale painting, fashion design or toy making, we have a course for you. We offer trips to places that will help you with your course. Last year’s trip was to Tate Liverpool to see the Marc Chagall exhibition. If you would like to gain experience at teaching art we run a successful art leadership course. Past Yr12 students delivered whole day workshops to a local primary school, creating short shadow puppet productions.

We have two art teachers and one has experience working in the art industry. Feel free to come and speak to us if you have any questions or suggestions on possible areas of interest. We look forward to seeing you on the course.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bebington High Sports College directly.

Last updated date: 03 November 2016
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