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Art and Design A Level at Clitheroe Royal Grammar School

Course description

AQA A Level Art & Design

Students should produce practical and critical/contextual work in one or more areas, including drawing, painting, mixed media, sculpture, ceramics, installation, printmaking, moving image and photography.

Note: AS Level is a stand-alone qualification which does not count towards the overall A Level grade.

Course content

AS Level

Component One

This is a portfolio of work. It has no time limit and is worth 60% of the AS Level. Students produce at least one extended collection of work, based on an idea, concept, theme or issue. This should demonstrate the student’s ability to sustain work from an initial starting point to a realisation. It should include evidence of their ability to research and develop ideas and link their work in a meaningful way to relevant critical/contextual materials.

Component Two

This is an assignment set by the AQA worth 40% of the AS Level. Question papers will be distributed to students at the start of February. There will be a choice of five questions to be used as starting points and students will choose one.

 

Students have 5 hours of supervised time following a preparatory period. Preparatory studies can be referred to during the supervised time but must not be added to or amended. Student work can be presented in any suitable format, such as design sheets, sketchbooks, models or workbooks. We will then mark the work and the AQA will moderate it, with visits to schools and colleges usually taking place in June.

A Level

Component One

This personal investigation consists of coursework with no time limit and is worth 60% of the A Level. Students are required to produce a practical investigation based on an idea, concept, theme or issue supported by written material of between 1,000 and 3,000 words of continuous prose. The investigation must show clear development from initial intentions to the final outcome(s.)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.

Component Two

This is an assignment set by the AQA worth 40% of the A Level. Question papers will be distributed to students at the start of February. There will be a choice of eight questions to be used as starting points and students will choose one.

 

Students have 15 hours of supervised time following a preparatory period. Preparatory studies can be referred to during the supervised time but must not be added to or amended. Student work can be presented in any suitable format, such as design sheets, sketchbooks, models or workbooks. We will then mark the work and the AQA will moderate it, with visits to schools and colleges usually taking place in June.

 

For both AS and A Level, we encourage students to develop:

-        An appreciation of primary sources and critical appreciation of secondary sources;

-        An understanding of issues, themes and concepts that inspire practice;

-        An understanding of the properties of different media and materials;

-        A range of techniques and processes;

-        Their own strengths in the subject and identify and sustain their own lines of enquiry.

 

The scope of the subject allows for much personal expression as students undertake the course. Students will have the opportunity to explore varied topics and a wide range of media including paint, creative textiles, printing and drawing. Projects undertaken in the past have included still life, self-portraiture, landscapes, urban environments, allotments and an investigation of the abstract and tactile qualities of natural forms. Students are encouraged to develop their own practice according to their ability and aptitudes, and to relate their work to that of actual artists. An appreciation of the History of Art and Design is integral to the course.

For all students, the process of investigation, experimentation, exploration and evaluation will be encouraged in the development and expression of their own ideas. Evidence of this will normally be found within preparatory studies and sketchbooks as well as finished pieces.

Entry requirements

Grade C GCSE in Art and Design, or portfolio of work demonstrating artistic ability. Interest and enthusiasm for the subject are essential! Whilst some technical expertise is desirable, interest in wider aspects of the subject is also expected, as is a positive and committed approach.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Clitheroe Royal Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 08 October 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years

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