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A Level Art (Fine Art) at Lawnswood School

Course description

Fine Art

The Fine Art A' Level is a two year course where students are introduced to a variety of experiences that explore a range of fine art media, processes and techniques. 

Students  explore the use of drawing for different purposes, using a variety of methods and media on a variety of scales. Students may use sketchbooks/workbooks/journals to underpin their work where appropriate.

Students are required to work in one or more area(s) of fine art, such as those listed below. They may explore overlapping areas and combinations of areas:

•• drawing and painting

•• mixed-media, including collage and assemblage

•• sculpture

•• ceramics

•• installation

•• printmaking (relief, intaglio, screen processes and lithography)

•• moving image and photography.

Exhibitions:  Students get the opportunity to exhibit theiir work at the Red Kite Alliance A' Level Art Exhibiition at Harewood House in July 2018

Course content

Study Overview for Year 12

Component 1 

Students initially work on their practical skill base (drawing and painting) to prepare them for their first unit based on `Cultural Identity.’   This unit builds upon previous artwork produced at GCSE where students choose an area of study for development for their Set Task Assignment.  Students produce their own personal response to the theme and produce practical and critical/contextual work in one or more areas including painting, drawing, mixed-media, sculpture and photography.  They are expected to developing a personal response and address all four assessment objectives.

Skills needed:  Developed drawing, painting and 3D skills.  Have visited art galleries, sculpture parks and museums and have studied a range of artists both classical and contemporary.  

Visits:  Students visit Leeds City Art Gallery and Leeds Arts University.

Component 2

Students are provided with examination papers on 1 February, or as soon as possible after that.  These will consist of a choice of five questions to be used as starting points. Students are required to select one and develop their own ideas for a personal response.

Following a period of initial research students undertake ten hours of unaided, supervised time.  The work produced during the exam should be devoted to the development of ideas and should address all four assessment objectives.

Skills needed:  The emphasis on this unit is the development of personal ideas.

Visits:  Leeds City Art Gallery.

Final Assessment:  May 2019

Year 13 Overview

A Level Art (Fine Art)

Component 3 – Personal Investigation

This is a practical investigation supported by written material.  Students are required to conduct a practical investigation, into an idea, issue, concept or theme, supported by written material. The focus of the investigation must be identified independently by the student and must lead to a finished outcome or a series of related finished outcomes.

The investigation should be a coherent, in-depth study that demonstrates the student’s ability to construct and develop a sustained line of reasoning from an initial starting point to a final realisation.

The investigation must show clear development from initial intentions to the final outcome or outcomes.

It must include evidence of the student’s ability to research and develop ideas and relate their work in meaningful ways to relevant critical/contextual materials.

The investigation must be informed by an aspect of contemporary or past practice of artists,

photographers, designers or craftspeople. The written material must confirm understanding of creative decisions, providing evidence of all four assessment objectives by:

•• clarifying the focus of the investigation

•• demonstrating critical understanding of contextual and other sources

•• substantiating decisions leading to the development and refinement of ideas

•• recording ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions by reflecting critically on practical work

•• making meaningful connections between, visual, written and other elements.

Component 4 – Externally Set Task

Students are provided with examination papers on 1 February, or as soon as possible after that.  These will consist of a choice of eight questions to be used as starting points. Students are required to select one and develop their own ideas for a personal response.

Following a period of initial research students undertake fifteen hours of unaided, supervised time.  The work produced during the examination should be devoted to the development of ideas and should address all four assessment objectives.

Skills needed:  Candidates will be assessed on their ability to work independently within the specific time constraints, developing a personal response, and addressing all four assessment objectives.

Entry requirements

C+ GCSE Art

Assessment

Each component is marked out of a total of 96 marks. As the assessment objectives are equally weighted in each of the components, there is a maximum of 24 marks for each of the assessment objectives. The marks, out of 24, for each assessment objective are added together to produce the total mark out of 96.

Assessment objectives

Assessment objectives (AOs) are set by Ofqual and are the same across all AS and A-level Art and Design specifications and all exam boards. The assessments will measure how students have achieved the following assessment objectives:

••             AO1: Develop ideas through sustained and focused investigations informed by contextual and other sources, demonstrating analytical and critical understanding.

••             AO2: Explore and select appropriate resources, media, materials, techniques and processes, reviewing and refining ideas as work develops.

••             AO3: Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions, reflecting critically on work and progress.

••             AO4: Present a personal and meaningful response that realises intentions and, where appropriate, makes connections between visual and other elements.

Financial information

Most equipment/materials are provided and we are able to sell to students a variety of sketchbooks, display books and other art materials at discounted prices.

Future opportunities

The study of A’ Level Art develops transferable skills that can take a student into many areas of study or careers.

The A’ Level course provides a good foundation for students who wish to pursue their interests in a creative direction for example graphic design, digital arts, illustration, fine art, textiles, media, three-dimensional design or lens based media.

We aim to prepare our students who wish to pursue a creative route and our partnership with Leeds Arts University has broadened many horizons, providing excellent taster sessions in life drawing, experimental drawing/printmaking and textiles.

Further information

School website art gallery:

http://www.lawnswoodschool.co.uk/main_school/subject_areas/art/art_gallery/

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/art-and-design/as-and-a-level/art-and-design

 

How to apply

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Last updated date: 08 October 2017
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