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Art and Design A-Level at Uxbridge High School

Course description

AS Level Art and Design is a one or two year course of study. A Level Art is a two year course of study.

Course content

AS Level Art and Design is a one or two year course of study. Students complete a coursework unit (Unit 1) where skills a developed from GCSE and independence is grown in readiness for the externally assessed assignment (Unit 2). Students are taught a structured introduction of practical and contextual tasks that explore materials and processes in a number of ways. Students are expected to resource their projects by collecting appropriate resources, taking a range of good quality photographs and bringing objects of use into school to work from. There is a large emphasis on the use of private study time to complete homework and classwork. Students are expected to become more independent as the course progresses. Students will cover a range of artistic disciplines and may focus on one genre in order to become fluent in their skills. Contextual research forms a large part of the course. Students are guided to research artists, both historical and contemporary, in detail using a range of resources. Written responses to artists must be critical and analytical. All sources must be referenced. Unit 2 is externally set by the exam board. Topics are broad and students work independently towards a timed 10 hour response as a conclusion.

A Level Art is a two year course of study. Students develop skills to  a high standard throughout the first year before embarking on a personal investigation in the Summer Term. This project focuses on an aspect of Art and Design that the student has a personal interest in. The aim of the unit is to study in depth the work of others alongside a practical exploration of the theme. As the project develops students will begin to develop and explore their own way of working in the production of a portfolio. Work is highly individualised and personal. Unit 2 is externally set by the exam board. Topics are broad and students work independently towards a timed 15 hour response as a conclusion.

Assessment

Coursework

  • AS Level Unit 1 60%
  • A Level Unit 1 50%

Exam

  • AS Level Unit 2 40%
  • A Level Unit 2 50%

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 28 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 or 2 years

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