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AS/A2 Art and Design at Bridgewater High School

Course description

What will I study?

Art and Design is an exciting, challenging and highly rewarding subject to study at this level. We offer a broad approach which has drawing and painting at its centre, but which also includes printmaking, mixed media, 3D work as well as computer generated work using Adobe Photoshop in our dedicated Apple Macintosh Suite. You will undertake exciting and challenging workshops aimed at developing your technical skills, creativity and understanding of the work of Artists and Designers. The workshops explore a wide range of materials and techniques that you will use throughout the course.

We encourage you to be inventive, independent and involved in producing original and high quality work. You will explore the world around you in a visual language which says something about the way you see and understand the world. You will also learn about the work of Artists and Designers through lectures and independent study using the Internet, CD ROM and books. Visits to Galleries and Museums form a vital part of the course.

Course outline:

Unit 1: Art and Design coursework

This unit explores a range of media and techniques. You will be able to develop a personal practical project leading to a finished piece. It also includes researching the work of Artists/Designers. This coursework project focuses on your skills through structured lessons and teaching.

Unit 2: Art and Design externally set Assignment

This unit takes the form of a timed 8 hour examination responding to a theme set by the Examination Board, plus preparatory studies. You have the choice of which media you would like to use e.g. mixed media, printmaking, painting or sculpture. You may choose to carry on with AS Art in order to take the full A Level.

Unit 3: Art and Design coursework

The second year of study is about building on skills and ideas developed during the AS course, to produce a creative, mature and technically proficient body of work showing personal commitment, flair and individuality. This unit allows you to develop a personal practical project based on a theme. It involves producing contextual studies which relate your own work to other Artists/Designers using visual and written elements. It also includes preparatory studies leading to a finished piece. You will produce a written study on artists/art movements that relate directly to your practical studio work.

Unit 4: Art and Design externally set Assignment

This unit takes the form of a timed 12 hour Examination responding to a theme set by the Exam Board producing preparatory studies and leading to a finished piece of work.

How will I be assessed?

Unit 1: Sketchbook of development work and final outcomes. 60% of AS, 30% of total A level

Unit 2: Externally set Assignment (8 hours) 40% of AS, 20% of total A-Level.

Unit 3: Sketchbook work, personal study and final outcomes. 60% of AS, 30% of total A level.

Unit 4: Externally set Assignment (12 hours) 40% of AS, 20% of total A-Level.

 

 

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at A*- C including at least a grade C in GCSE Art and Design / Textiles.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 17 March 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years

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