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Art & Design A-Level at Ranelagh School

Course description

The A Level Art course has been designed to give students the opportunity to generate and develop ideas, research primary and contextual sources and record practical and written observations. Students will experiment with media and processes and be expected to refine their creative ideas. The course incorporates two major elements: supporting studies and practical work for the A Level examination which will comprise a portfolio of development work and outcomes based on ideas developed from personal starting points.

Students have to manage their own time very effectively, working independently. It is essential that students review their progress at appropriate points in the creation of their work, developing their evaluative skills and ability to reflect upon their own progress. Each component aims to develop students’ ability to generate and develop ideas for their own practical work and build their contextual understanding, from either a self-selected or teacher negotiated focus. Students will develop their inquisitiveness, flexibility, independent study and a willingness to communicate through experimentation, exploration, review, evaluation and analysis.

Students will have the opportunity to develop a critical understanding of their own work and appreciate it in relation to historical and contemporary contexts, considering the impact of global influences, cultures and traditions. Environmental and social issues have long been a source of work and debate for artists and designers, with issues such as poverty, sustainability, consumption and political movements stimulating points of creative investigation.

An important aspect of student progression in Art and Design is an ability to express and justify ideas and to develop an understanding of the context of their own work. This can be developed in many ways; for example, distilled or expanded from the spoken word such as a critique, a discussion or interview; through annotation of developing work; through investigation of some aspect of art and design, for example from a museum, gallery or site visit.




Course content

Component 1: Generate practical work, ideas and research from a variety of sources to create personal outcomes - Experiment with media and processes, develop and refine ideas, and present outcomes - Personal study (1000-3000 words)

Component 2 (Exernally set assignment): Students respond to one externally set, broad-based thematic starting point to encourage independence in developing ideas, intentions and response - Preparatory studies - Assignment is released in February of Year 13 - Personal outcome in 15 hours of sustained study in controlled assessment

Entry requirements

Prospective students who are studying GCSE Art are expected to achieve grade C or above.


Component 1: Supporting studies and practical work (coursework) - 60% of A level Personal study (coursework) - worth 12%

Component 2: Supporting studies (completed from 1st February) 40% of A level - 15 hours completed under controlled conditions -

Future opportunities

A level Art and Design serves as a basis for further artistic study and development through Foundation Art and university courses in specialist or related fields of study. A Level Art can serve as a basis for a variety of work in fine art studies, creative and performing arts, graphic design and computer graphics, fashion and textiles, illustration, history of art and education. Further training also provides careers in museum and arts administration, advertising, art therapy, community arts, conservation and restoration, film and media studies, interior design, architectural and environmental design. This is not an exhaustive list!

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 03 January 2017

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