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Art & Design - Fine Art AS/A2 Level (AQA) at The North Halifax Grammar School

Course description

Area of study - Fine Art Examining Board - AQA

This area of study presents a range of exciting possibilities enabling candidates to negotiate a course on study which allows them to develop their own practice. Students can explore themes through a traditional skills based approach combined with diverse areas such as digital media and film. Exploration of images, artefacts and resources relating to Art and Design from both the past and modern times will give students an understanding of styles, genres and traditions. These explorations should be supported by visits to both local and national exhibitions to gain first hand experience of the work of different artists.

What do I need to know or be able to do before taking this course? The best foundation for success in AS and A-level Art is a good grade at GCSE (C or above). If you have an aptitude for the subject; if you are creative or 'good at drawing’, you may have the basic skills to succeed. However, AS/A level Art is not an easy option and you should be prepared to work hard at developing your abilities. You should have an understanding of the basic elements of art - colour, tone, form, etc., and also some understanding of the place of art, craft and design in the world - its history and its purpose. Above all, you should have an interest in creating and understanding art and the determination to develop that interest. A suggested course of action over the summer holidays would be to carry an A5 sketchbook to collect photographs, produce sketches and include anything you find visually interesting. What will I learn: The main aims of the Fine Art course are to develop your ability to appreciate the visual world, realise your place within it and to respond to themes in a personal and creative way. Throughout the course you will develop skills ranging from: • Drawing and painting - both experimental and traditional • Printmaking including intaglio, screenprint and linocut • Ceramics and 3D sculpture • life drawing • modern technologies including elements of photography, digital media and film • How to present research and analysis effectively in a sketchbook • Knowledge and understanding of the place of art, craft and design in history and contemporary society. Assessment in Art is a constant. The learning is personalised and therefore takes place every lesson and is fundamental in developing the ethos of assessment for learning. Formal assessment will take place every ½ term. For what kind of student is this course suitable? • Students who wish to undertake further studies in art, craft and design, usually at art college or further/higher education. • Students who are looking to take up careers for which an art background is necessary. These include advertising, publishing, architecture, museums, theatre or art gallery work (this is not an exclusive list). • Students who have an interest in and aptitude for the subject, but who do not intend to take the subject beyond AS or A-level. • This course compliments all subjects due to the focus on communication and creativity. Candidates can produce work within just one specialism or choose more than one to work within. AS LEVEL Unit Title Description Coursework Portfolio • Candidates produce a portfolio of work from starting points, topics or themes determined by their centre. • The focus is on including work that shows exploration, research, acquisition of techniques and skills. Controlled Assignment • Candidates select one starting point from an early release question paper. • Candidates must be given a minimum of 3 weeks in which to plan and prepare. • Candidates are then given 10 hours of controlled time to work on developing their idea into a realisation/outcome. A2 LEVEL Unit Title Description Personal Investigation • Candidates submit one major project which has a personal significance. • The investigation includes a related personal study that must be between 1000-3000 words. Controlled Assignment • Candidates select one starting point from an early release question paper. • In 15 hours of controlled time, candidates work to plan and then realise ideas into a final outcome. Students interested in the course may obtain further detailed information from Miss Johnston (in particular those interested in learning more about Fine Art specialisms).

Further information

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How to apply

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Last updated date: 22 September 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years