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Art and Design A Level at Trinity School

Course description

The A Level Art and Design course at Trinity is designed to develop technical skills alongside creative and analytical thinking. You will learn to explore ideas, experiment with materials, and produce exciting, ambitious pieces in response to project briefs. If you have imaginative ideas and enjoy creating original work you will find this course interesting and challenging.

Course content

AS: Portfolio, 50% of AS marks: Students work through a series of experimental workshops designed to develop technical skill and knowledge of new media. Examples of workshops include; Illustration, Photography, Painting, Print Making and Sculpture including Ceramics. Students then progress to a more independent way of working, selecting media to investigate further and develop personal responses to a theme. Examples of themes include; Openings, Identity, Conflict and Twisted/Distorted. The practical work will be informed by critical research and investigations into the work of professional artists and designers from a range of times and countries. The work students produce will be refined and organised into a portfolio which will demonstrate skills in the four assessment objectives; develop, experiment and refine record observations and present.

Exam, 50% of AS marks: Students develop a personal response to a question they select from the exam paper. They work through a process of observation, experimentation and artists’ research. A 10hr exam is sat at the end of the project. All the work they produce is assessed against four assessment objectives as outlined above.

A2: Portfolio including a personal Study, 60% of A2 marks: Students work through a series of experimental workshops designed to develop technical skill and knowledge of new media. They are then guided through the writing of a research question. They learn to interpret artwork in a more meaningful way, investigating key periods or themes of art and design history. Students select their preferred media and refine their practice, developing their own style and ways of working. They present their practical work which is assessed against the four assessment objectives; develop, experiment and refine record observations and present. A supporting essay (1000- 3000 words) which provides a critical analysis of their work is also presented for assessment

Exam, 40% of A2 marks: Students develop a personal response to an exam question, the exam concludes with a 15hour practical. All the work they produce is assessed against the four assessment objectives as outlined above.

Future opportunities

The courses provides a valuable foundation for further study and career development in a wide range of areas: architecture, animation, film, beauty, fashion, textiles, graphic design, set design, jewellery, millinery, printmaking, art history, ceramics, stained glass, marketing, conservation, museum and gallery curating, bookbinding, illustration, landscaping, interior design, and furniture design. At AS the course would support applications for courses such as: engineering, creative writing, management or project planning.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 18 September 2017

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