This is a broad course that enables students to work in a variety of art disciplines and mix them together in their work. You have to study and produce work in at least 2 areas of Art, Craft and Design. These could be Fine Art (drawing, painting, printmaking, mixed media and experimental forms of art), Graphic Communication (illustration, digital techniques, photography, typography and animation) and Three Dimensional Design (ceramics, sculpture and other forms of 3D creative work.)
Students will be introduced to a variety of experiences employing a range of media, processes and techniques. Year 12 is based on experimentation with new media, improving your practical, research and analytical skills, exploring themes and developing exciting and original responses. You will build a portfolio of work and find out what you enjoy, and what you’d like to explore through your Personal Investigation (Component 1)
In the summer term, you will begin the Personal Investigation, a creative journey of your own choice. You will identify a theme, issue, concept or idea to fully explore through practical experimentation, eventually focussing to produce your own original outcome/s and artistic responses. There will be a 1000-3000 word essay to support your practical studies.
The Personal Investigation continues into Y13.
Component 2 is an externally set assignment that will take place from February until May in Y13, giving you a choice of interesting starting points.
Component 1: Personal Investigation (60% of A Level)
• Portfolio of Art, Craft & Design work, supported by essay
Component 2: Externally Set Assignment (40% of A Level)
• Preparatory period plus 15 hours supervised time
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Students will be expected to purchase specialist materials required for their individual projects.
Visits to galleries and museums will be undertaken throughout the course, students may be expected to contribute towards admission fees, travel and accommodation.
Students will be expected to equip themselves with basic Art equipment to be used on portfolio work at home.
Students undertaking this course will be expected to have gained normal entry requirements plus at least a GCSE grade 5 or a Btec L2 Merit in an Art and Design subject.