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Art and Design A-Level at Dr Challoner's High School

Course description

The study of Art is an enjoyable and rewarding experience. Its place in the curriculum can be extraordinarily productive as horizons are broadened and sensitivities expanded. Most A level subjects rely on observation and synthesis, taking what is seen or understood and creating something new from it. Art actively promotes and supports this. It is a form of communicating ideas, understanding and feelings. It encourages divergent, imaginative thinking and analysis whilst at the same time enabling the development of practical skills through drawing, painting and making. The critical and contextual study of Art and Design leads to a fuller understanding of the part it plays in the history of human development. Art enriches and informs encouraging independent thinking at a very sophisticated level.

Course content

Component 1: Personal Investigation (60% of A level)

In this component, you will develop work based on an idea, issue, concept or theme leading to a finished outcome or a series of related finished outcomes. You will have opportunities to explore a wide variety of media, techniques and processes and will identify your own area of focus as your skills and ideas develop. The work should show a personal journey of research, experimentation, development and realisation. Your practical work should make connections with some aspect of contemporary or past practice of artists, and include written work of 1000- 3000 words which supports the practical work. This component will require you to make independent gallery visits in order to research and seek inspiration for both the practical and written work.

Marked internally and externally moderated.

Component 2: Externally Set Assignment (40% of A level)

In this component, you will make practical work in response to the Art and design examination paper, which you will receive from the 1st February (Year 13). This will consist of eight questions, or starting points from which you will select one that you wish to respond to, in any media of your choice. During the preparatory period, you will be expected to develop your ideas and investigations independently. Following the preparatory period, you will produce a finished outcome, or a series of related outcomes during the 15 hours of unaided, supervised time. Preparatory work and the work produced during the 15 hours of supervised time will be assessed together as a whole, against all of the assessment objectives. You will be assessed on your ability to work independently, within the specified time constraints, developing a personal and meaningful response.

Marked internally and externally moderated.

Practical projects are considered to have a central role in the development of your ideas, your personal style and your methods of working. All projects encourage you to be an individual and an independent thinker. As your level of skill improves, you will begin to produce work which is entirely self-directed. A range of topics will be explored in a range of media and techniques, allowing emphasis to be placed on the process of developing and making art, as well as the final outcome.

Entry requirements

Prospective students are required to achieve a minimum of 2 GCSEs or iGCSEs at grade A and a further 4 GCSEs or iGCSEs at grade B, including English Language and Mathematics.

Subject Specific

If you have enjoyed the GCSE course and expect to achieve a grade A*, A or B, then you will fulfil the first requirement for entry onto the A level course. It is also vitally important that you are a creative and imaginative individual, someone who enjoys coming up with ideas to develop interesting outcomes, as well as the capacity to work independently and sustain effort over a long period of time.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Dr Challoner's High School directly.

Last updated date: 05 May 2015
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