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Art, Craft and Design A Level at Wallington High School for Girls

Course description

In Art and Design the creative process gives students opportunities to understand art as something that does matter in their lives. It gives students more choice, autonomy and empowerment. In Art the individual journey of discovery, risk taking and learning leads to an imaginative, self-aware learner. Students will work in one or more area(s) of Art & Design, such as those listed below. They may explore overlapping areas and combinations of areas.
  • Fine art: (drawing, painting, mixed-media, sculpture, ceramics, installation, printmaking, moving image (video, film, animation) and photography)
  • Photography: (portraiture, landscape, still life, documentary, photojournalism, fashion photography, experimental imagery)
  • Design (Graphic communication, packaging, print, illustration, fashion, textile); 3D: ceramics, sculpture, theatre, interior design, product design, environmental design, architectural design, jewellery)
NB: Students can choose to study A Level Photography as a stand-alone course within the art department. Textile Design can be studied as a stand- alone A level in the DT department.

Course content

Component 1
Personal investigation
Students will complete a skill building introduction course during the Autumn and Spring terms, based on a broad theme such as ‘Natural/ Mechanical’.

In February they will begin their Component 1, where students are required to conduct a Personal Investigation, into an idea, issue, concept or theme, supported by written material. The focus of the investigation must be identified independently by the student and must lead to a finished outcome or a series of related finished

6 hours home work per week is expected outside of lesson time in order to meet the demands of the course. Life drawing is offered as an extra-curricular course during Autumn and is strongly recommended to support the portfolio.

Component 2 Externally set assignment
Students will be provided with AQA examination papers on 1st February during the second year of the course. AQA set a choice of eight questions to be used as starting points. Students are required to select one.

The preparatory period is 8 weeks from 1st February. In May, students will complete 15 hours of unaided, supervised time during which they must produce a finished outcome or a series of related finished outcomes, informed by their preparatory work.

Entry requirements

An A grade in GCSE Art. If Art has not been taken at GCSE then portfolio evidence of a suitable range of skills will be considered. The A level Art, craft and Design course is recommended for those students who will apply for an Art Foundation or an art related degree course.

Future opportunities

This subject covers many disciplines and is particularly suitable for those who wish to pursue degree courses and related careers in fine art as well as design (graphic, 3D, fashion and textile, jewelry), photography, film and animation, architecture, games design, advertising, marketing and illustration. Many of our students progress onto Art Foundation courses in preparation for degree courses.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 28 September 2016
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