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Art A Level at Ralph Allen School

Course description

A Level Art is an exciting and stimulating course, during which students have the opportunity to explore a range of fine art techniques and processes. Students are encouraged to develop their own style using a range of 2D and 3D media and will learn how to analyse and respond to the work of artists
and designers. The course embraces original thinking and

Course content

Year 12
Portfolio Development:
Key skills and techniques will be developed through workshops
and themed projects. Elements of this work will be submitted
as part of the students’ coursework. Coursework is 60% of the
final Grade.
Year 13
Component 1 - Personal Study:
Students select their own theme to investigate and develop a
project on.

Component 2 - Externally set assignment:
Students choose one question (out of seven) and develop their
work in preparation for a 15-hour practical exam.

Entry requirements

4 GCSEs at Grades 9-6, including Art Grade 9-6.


Year 12
During the first stage of the course students are introduced to a number of different experiences that explore a range of fine art media, processes and techniques. Students will learn new approaches to drawing and painting, as well as experimenting with printmaking, collage, sculpture and photography. Workshop-style lessons ensure that students have every opportunity to develop their skills and to direct work towards their own interests. Throughout the course students will also explore and investigate the work of relevant artists and designers from the past and recent times. They will learn how to respond practically and critically to various artworks and will develop an understanding of different styles, genres and traditions. In Year 12 students will be given themed projects (set by the school) and will work on a variety of scales.

Year 13
In Year 13, students will have the opportunity to choose and develop their own project (Personal Study). They work in a variety of ways, undergoing technique workshops in the first term, ranging from felt-making and cut-outs to sculpture. The art curriculum area is always bustling with students working in lessons, during study time and after school. We encourage the development of individual skills, rather than a ‘house style’. Students have their exam issued in February. They research their chosen topic, culminating with a 15-hour exam in May, where ambitious final pieces are produced. The coursework is accompanied by a 1000-3000 word essay.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 30 January 2018

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