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Art & Design - Fine Art - Edexcel A Level at East Durham College

Course description

Awarding Body - Edexcel

Students will take the AS level exams at the end of year one and the A level exams at the end of year 2.

AS Level
Component 1:
Personal Investigation (coursework)
50% of qualification

Content Summary: Students will:

•Generate practical work, ideas and research from sources
•Explore media and processes, develop and refine ideas, and present outcomes.

What students create:

•Supporting studies
•Personal outcome(s)

Component 2:
Externally Set Assignment
50% of qualification

Content Summary: Students will:
Students respond to one externally set, broad-based thematic starting point to encourage independence in developing ideas, intentions and response.
What students create:
Preparatory studies
Personal outcome(s) in 10 hours of sustained focus

A2 Level
Component 1:

Part 1:Personal Investigation (coursework)
Part 2: Students submit a piece of continuous prose (minimum of 1000 words).
60% of qualification

Content Summary: Students will:

•Generate practical work, ideas and research from sources
•Explore media and processes, develop and refine ideas, and present outcomes.

What students create:

•Supporting studies
•Personal outcome(s)
•Personal study

Component 2:
Externally Set Assignment
40% of qualification

Content Summary: Students will:
Students respond to one externally set, broad-based thematic starting point to encourage independence in developing ideas, intentions and response.
What students create:
Preparatory studies
Personal outcome(s) in 15 hours of sustained focus

Course content

Personal Investigation:

Under a given theme, you will experiment with a wide range of media and methods and develop skills through drawing, painting, sculpture and printmaking. You will find out about researching, analysing and reviewing your own work and the work of other artists and designers. This will then provide the basis for developing your ideas towards a final piece of work.

Externally Set Assignment:

With a given theme set by the examination board you will apply what you have learnt from you’re your personal investigation. Exploring a chosen approach to the theme through experimenting with media and developing and applying your skills. Alongside this, you will be researching and analysing your own and others' work to support your progress. Then developing your ideas and, under timed examination conditions producing an outcome.
A2 requires the student to produce a piece of written work (1000 words) and the final Unit is a controlled timed exam (AS 10 Hours / A2 15 Hours)

Entry requirements

For Fine Art you will need grade B or above in an Art-related subject at GCSE.
For a 3 A level programme you will need to have a minimum of 5 A* - C grade passes at GCSE which includes English and Mathematics.
For a 4 A level programme you will need to have a minimum of 6 A* - C grade passes at GCSE which includes English and Mathematics; it is expected that the majority of passes will be at A* - A grade.

Assessment

Coursework (AS Level): There is a generous coursework component (60%) in the syllabus, which allows scope for personal development.
Major Projects/Examination Work (AS Level): You will develop ideas from the examination paper given theme towards a timed major piece of work.
Contextual Study (A2 Level): You will produce a personal research study on a relevant topic (artist/designer/movement/techniques) of your own choice.

Financial information

*We make every effort to publish correct fees, however all fees are subject to change. Fees are correct as at the current time and are subject to change up to the date of enrolment.

Future opportunities

After studying on this course you can start to regard yourself as an artist and look to establish your own practice and portfolio. You could progress into higher education or seek your own career arts industry.

Further information

Completion of the AS and A2 qualifications will earn you ‘points' to progress on to higher education both outside and inside the disciplines of art and design.
If you wish to progress on to a possible career in art and design one year’s study on a Foundation Degree in Art & Design is recommended.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact East Durham College directly.

Last updated date: 12 April 2016
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