Art at A Level is about developing an adventurous approach to your practical skills and ideas. You will gain a deeper understanding of past and contemporary art, crafts and design in order to produce thought provoking work, within sketchbooks and on a large scale. The course is designed and assessed to document your thought processes and show a journey of ideas, portrayed with various creative media.
You will build upon your strengths from the Art GCSE, developing skills which support your studies in every subject. You will improve your ability to research and analyse information, solve problems, find, and understand links and connections which will result in creative personal outcomes. Painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, computer-aided design,animation, film, textiles and life-
drawing are amongst the most common media employed, but candidates are encouraged to introduce any media they feel necessary to their work.
Unit 1: Coursework - Body Language
This project is based on a personal response to changing themes such as 'Body Language'. You will go through a series of skills based workshops before developing your ideas in to a final piece. There will be at least one trip to a gallery or museum and a workshop both usually in London and occasionally abroad to places such as Paris or Barcelona.
Unit 2: Externally set exam theme
After initial research into a general theme (a past paper set by the exam board for A level or an exam theme set for AS level by the exam board) the focus of the exam project is chosen by you with teacher support. You can develop your personal interests tailored to university applications and use the materials you wish to develop your skills within.
Unit 3: Coursework – Practical work and personal study (essay)
This involves an in-depth critical study of your choice on a theme within the field of Art and Design. You also produce a written essay of a minimum of 1000
words plus practical support work. There will be at least one trip to a gallery and museum and a workshop usually in London and occasionally abroad.
Unit 4: Externally set exam theme
The theme is set by the exam board but you can develop it to suit your interests and tailor it to your degree subject if desired. The aim is to extend your personal interests and skills with processes of your choice.
All candidates must pass at least eight GCSEs (Grades A*-C) including English,
Maths and a Science. Four of these subjects should be a minimum of a Grade A
and a further two at a minimum of Grade B. (A Grade A* or A is usually required
in the subjects to be studied at A-level).