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Art at Fort Pitt Grammar School

Course description

This course is available to learners enrolled at this school and learners at other schools within the Chatham consortium.

Why should I study Fine Art?

At all stages of the course there will be opportunities to generate and develop ideas, research primary and contextual sources, record practical and written observations, experiment with media and processes, and refine ideas towards producing personal resolved outcome(s). An extensive range of extra-curricular activities will be arranged to enrich the classroom experience such as artists coming into school, trips to galleries and exhibitions and visual research expeditions.

What will the course involve?

Component 1 - Personal Investigation 60% of final marks During the first year, students will be set a series of projects, which will enable them to develop their skills and knowledge in their chosen specialist area. At the end of this year each individual will be expected to identify a personal area of investigation (in conjunction with their teacher) that brings together their previous learning. They will then have until the coursework deadline (at the end of January of their second year) to produce a sustained and in depth body of work which will be submitted for final assessment. Component 2 - Externally Set Assignment 40% of final marks Students will receive an examination style paper issued by the examining board Edexcel in February of their second year that contains a theme and suggested starting points which will form the starting point of a new body of work.

How might this course complement others?

Art A Level goes well with other creative subjects such as Drama, Film Studies, Media Studies or English Literature.

How will this subject be useful in the future?

Those who chose to study any of the Art and Design subjects may seek a career in the creative and design industries, in areas as diverse as architecture, advertising, medical illustration, restoration, textiles and fashion, illustration and graphic or product design. However, Art and Design as a vocation is not the only reason for its value. It is a student centred subject which encourages breadth of thought, independence of approach and a critical mind-set. Those who are trained to be curious and to ‘think outside of the box’ are in great demand by employers in an increasingly competitive world.  

How to apply

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Last updated date: 06 December 2016
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