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Art (Fine Art) A Level at St Leonard's Roman Catholic Voluntary Aided Comprehensive School

Course description

The course encourages students to develop their personal interests and passion for Art and Design whilst recognising the subject’s value to the creative industries. The course provides opportunities to develop personal responses to ideas, observations, experiences, environments and cultures in practical, critical and contextual forms; this allows students to develop their strengths and interests further, within the specification. Students will have the opportunity to explore their ideas through the mediums of painting, drawing, mixed media, collage, assemblage, sculpture, printmaking, photography and digital media. Many students develop a lifelong interest in the subject and continue further studies via a Foundation course or direct University entrance. During Year 12, students will study the AS Art and Design (Fine Art) course which is now a standalone qualification and in year 13, the A level Art and Design (Fine Art) course.

Course content

AS - ADVANCED SUBSIDIARY - 2 Units of work Component One – Personal Investigation includes work showing experimentation of a variety of media, techniques and processes. Starting points have a variety of focus. Students must complete one extended unit of study. Records of Gallery visits, additional personal work and workshop studies can all be entered for assessment. Unit 1 runs from September until the end of January (approx. 17 weeks); Component One is 60% of the overall AS grade

Component Two - Externally Set Assignment: AQA provides five exciting starting points; candidates choose one. A preparation period precedes an unaided 10 hours supervised exam time. Work produced in the exam can be developmental or a finished piece/s. Papers are issued in February; the remainder of the course will focus on this unit (approximately 12 weeks). Students produce progressive development of their own ideas and include observational studies, collection of relevant resources, research and analysis of other artwork. Component Two - 40% of the overall AS grade.

At A Level, candidates are required to build upon the knowledge, understanding and skills gained in the AS with greater depth of study.
Component One – Personal Investigation: Students develop work in response to an idea, issue, concept or theme of their own choosing. They must produce practical documentation, artwork and a separate written critical analysis of their investigation (1000 - 3000 words.) Approximately 18 weeks on this unit. Component One is 60% of the overall A Level grade
Component Two – Externally Set Assignment: AQA provide eight exciting starting points; candidates choose one. A preparation period precedes an unaided 15 hour supervised exam period. Students must produce evidence of preparatory studies reflecting individual study around the starting point. Progressive development of own personal ideas must culminate in a finished piece/s. Component Two - 40% of the overall A Level grade.

Entry requirements

Please see the Sixth Form Admissions Policy for the entry requirements to this course.

Future opportunities

Previous students have successfully gained entrance to courses in Interior Design, Fashion and Textiles, Graphic Design, Architecture, Creative and Interactive Media, Fine Art, Foundation Art and Design and Art History. The Creative Industries are one of the largest and most successful employers in the UK and have a world renowned reputation. They are worth £70 billion annually, generating £8 million per hour to the UK economy, whilst employing 2 million people, 6% of the UK workforce. Industry sectors include advertising, architecture, film and television, graphic and product design, fashion and game design.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Leonard's Roman Catholic Voluntary Aided Comprehensive School directly.

Last updated date: 06 July 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years