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Art and Design A Level at Skipton Girls' High School

Course description

This course is for you because…

You really enjoy your art lessons at GCSE. You are enthusiastic and passionate about all aspects of Art, Design and Craft. You have a creative and imaginative mind and love exploring a wide range of media, techniques and processes.

Course content

AS Qualification Structure: Component 1: Portfolio

This is a practical project, consisting of preliminary/supporting studies leading to a final piece. You will be introduced to a wide variety of experiences employing a range of media, scale, processes and techniques, whilst exploring your chosen area of study and related artists. This unit begins with a residential trip to the East Coast of Yorkshire to provide stimulus for the rest of your work.

There is no time limit for this component and it forms 60% of your AS Level.

Component 2: Externally Set Assignment

This AQA set task will offer a range of themes to choose from. There is a preparatory period in which students will work through the assessment objectives and 10 hours of supervised time for students to complete a final piece.

Component 2 is 40% of your AS Level.

A Level Qualification Structure: Component 1: Personal Investigation

This is a practical investigation, supported by written information. Students are required to conduct a practical investigation into an idea, issue, concept or theme. The investigation must show clear development from initial intentions to the final outcome or outcomes. This unit is supported by written work of between 1500 – 3000 words. You will display your personal investigation in the end of year exhibition.

Component 1 is 60% of your A Level.

Component 2: Externally Set Assignment

The externally set assignment is set by AQA,
centre-assessed and moderated by AQA. The test is in two parts: a lead-in preparatory period for initial research and investigation and a 15-hour period of supervised  time in which you will produce a final piece under  exam conditions.

This component is 40% of your A Level.

Entry requirements

GCSE grade A*- B in an Art & Design related course.

Future opportunities

You may find yourself working within fashion design, textile design, printmaking, ceramics, graphic design, product design, furniture design, interior design, architecture, photography, advertising, film and television design, illustration, animation, web design, gaming design, teaching, curating and many more fields within the creative industries.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 03 July 2015

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