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Art & Design AS/A2 Level at Heathfield Community College

Course description

This exciting and stimulating course will enable you to visually explore ideas and concepts in a creative environment, through varied media. You will use a wide range of materials and processes to communicate your ideas through sketchbooks, that will act as ‘visual diaries’, tracking your creative growth towards exciting outcomes that can be constructed using any 2D or 3D processes. Please note: in order to facilitate this course and to allow students to explore the full range of materials, media and processes available, we are requesting a £28 course fee for each year the students study.

Course content

AS Course Content

Personal Investigation

This component allows students opportunities to generate and develop ideas, research primary and contextual sources, record practical and written observations, experiment with media and processes, and refine ideas towards producing personal resolved outcome(s). Students must work within one of the following titles: Art, Craft and Design, Fine Art, Graphic Communication, Textile Design, Three-dimensional Design, Photography.

Externally Set Assignment

This component allows students opportunities to generate and develop ideas, research primary and contextual sources, record practical and written observations, experiment with media and processes, and refine ideas towards producing personal resolved outcome(s) in response to an externally set theme.

A2 Course Content

Personal Investigation

This component allows students opportunities to generate and develop ideas, research primary and contextual sources, record practical and written observations, experiment with media and processes, and refine ideas towards producing personal resolved outcome(s). Students must work within one of the following titles: Art, Craft and Design, Fine Art, Graphic Communication, Textile Design, Three-dimensional Design, Photography.

Externally Set Assignment

This component allows students opportunities to generate and develop ideas, research primary and contextual sources, record practical and written observations, experiment with media and processes, and refine ideas towards producing personal resolved outcome(s) in response to an externally set theme during a 15 hour exam.

Entry requirements

 A* - C in GCSE Art

Assessment

AS Assessment:

Unit 1 Coursework:    50%

Unit 2 Examination: 50%

A2 Assessment:

Unit 3  Coursework:    40%

Unit 3  Examination:   60%

Financial information

There will be a course cost of £28 for each year of study.

Future opportunities

Academic: Art foundation course, Art related degree

Career: Architecture, Fine Art, Advertising, Media, Illustration, Set and stage design, Fashion Design, Teaching degree.

Further information

The course combines well with a range of AS and A2 levels including Photography, Film Studies and Media Studies, Design Technology: Graphic Products, English courses and History.

Student Views

“AS level Art involves a lot of laughter and enjoyment! It’s exciting and new and it’s all about developing your own ideas and expressing individuality and creativity. We work as a team helping each other and giving advice. It’s a great positive environment full of passion and creativity.” Rebecca Evans, Year 12 "The course will strongly reinforce your love of Art, as the opportunities for new Art practices and techniques you can try are so varied and exciting. You will find so much to be passionate about. The wonderful benefits you get from your teachers perspectives, the research you will take on board and discussions you will engage in with your class are invaluable, and have really developed and evolved my attitude to and understanding of Art. The best part is that this course is led by the initiative of the student, so whatever you are interested in exploring through Art, the course will allow you to do so in the most exciting and effective way. I've learned so much about myself as an artist." Olivia Foskett Year 13

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Heathfield Community College directly.

Last updated date: 17 November 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year AS Level / 2 years A2 Level
  • Course code: Edexcel 8AD0
  • Number of planned places: 20

Contact details

    • Contact name:
    • Sam White, Head of 6th Form
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 01435 866066 ext 1226
    • Email address:
    • swhite@heathfieldcc.co.uk

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