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Art, Craft and Design AS Level at Ilkley Grammar School

Course description

The course aims at both AS and A-Level to develop:

  •  Intellectual, imaginative, creative and intuitive powers.
  •  Investigative, analytical, experimental, practical, technical and expressive skills, aesthetic understanding and critical judgements.
  •  An understanding of the inter-relationships between Art, Craft and Design and an awareness of the contexts in which they operate.
  • Knowledge and understanding of Art, Craft and Design in contemporary society and in other times and cultures.

Course content

Component 1: Portfolio 1 Component 1: Personal investigation
6 weeks: Skills and techniques
workshop style lessons.
These include skills development and exploration in drawing, painting, print, sculpture, photography, abstraction and realism.

November - February
Development of a portfolio of work. Students generate and investigate personal ideas linking to a given theme; explore relevant artists’ work; experiment with techniques and
materials; and ultimately work towards the creation of a personal response(s).

Component 2: Externally set
2 Component 2: Externally set assignment
Candidates select one starting point from five set by the examining body AQA. Preparatory work begins as soon as possible after 1st February. Students will develop personal ideas linking to this starting point and the exploration of related artists. Following the preparatory period, students must complete 10 hours of unaided, supervised time and must produce a finished outcome(s) informed by their preparatory work.

Entry requirements

General entry requirement for Post-16: 5 grade 4/C at GCSE, preferably including English and Maths.
Specific entry requirements: Grade 4 in Art. Students who did not do art at GCSE will be required to present a Portfolio of work to the Head of Department.


Component 1: Portfolio
No time limit
96 marks
60% of AS

Component 2: Externally set Assignment
Preparatory period + 10 hours supervised
96 marks
40% of AS

Further information

Each year students from Years 12 and 13 visit London to visit major London Galleries. In addition we endeavor to provide as many first hand experiences of art as possible by visiting local galleries and getting involved in local events and competitions.

Attendance at life drawing classes are also encouraged, held locally at Ilkley Art school on an evening. We encourage interested students to become Art Ambassadors, promoting art further within school. Students this current year are involved in many of the following: working with GCSE art students in a mentoring role, running art clubs for KS3 students, contacting local artists to deliver lunch time talks to share their work and experience, fundraising activities, attending Open and Option Evenings to talk to students and parents, and as Art Press Officers.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ilkley Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 09 November 2017
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