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Art and Design at King Edward VI Sheldon Heath Academy

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The Art and Design course gives students an opportunity to explore their interest in the subject through the development of personal responses to themes and ideas. The course will be delivered through practical demonstrations, tutorials, group critiques and visits to exhibitions. Students will be taught a variety of art techniques to develop a solid skills base. They may choose to work in paint, sculpture, art -textiles, digital arts etc. From this broad basis, students will develop an understanding of their areas of strength which will then develop in the later units. Researching and responding to the work of other artists, particularly contemporary art practice, is instrumental to the development of ideas and students are expected to do so independently.

 

Course content

The Art & Design (Fine Art) course provides you with the opportunity to explore your interest in the subject through the development of personal responses to themes and ideas. During the course you will be taught a variety of art techniques to develop a solid skills base; you may choose to work in paint, sculpture, print-making, digital arts etc. From this broad basis, you will develop an understanding of your areas of strength which you will then develop in the later components. Researching and responding to the work of other artists, particularly contemporary art practice is instrumental to the development of ideas and you will be expected to do so independently. The course will be delivered through practical demonstrations, tutorials, group critiques and visits to exhibitions.

Entry requirements

GCSE Art – C

GCSE Maths – C

GCSE English – C

Assessment

In Year 12 you will complete a personal investigation project, which is practical by nature, leading to a final piece(s). This is worth 50% of your AS grade, the remaining 50% being from an externally set assignment in which you will need to develop your own personal work on a set theme. The externally set assignment incorporates preparatory studies and a 10 hour period of sustained focus. In Year 13, your personal investigation is worth 60% of your final A – Level grade and needs to be supported by a compulsory written element that links the work of other artists to the project. The externally set assignment is worth 40% of your grade and is based on a theme that will be released by the exam board in February of your final year; it will incorporate preparatory studies and a 15 hour period of sustained focus.

Financial information

There may be bursaries available for students subject to meeting specific criteria.

Future opportunities

Where can this course take me?

 

There are many career opportunities in Art and Design, and the creative industries – ranging from advertising to architecture and from fashion to film. It therefore constitutes one of the fastest-growing sectors in the UK. Many of these careers require further study at Art School, College or University. Often students intending to further their art studies go on to do a one year Foundation Course at an Art College before applying to do a Degree Course. This gives them the opportunity to explore a wide range of disciplines such as Graphic Design, Photography, Digital media and Fashion/Textiles to decide in which area their strengths lie before embarking on a Degree Course.

Further information

Please contact the Academy.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact King Edward VI Sheldon Heath Academy directly.

Last updated date: 13 January 2016
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