This is a two year course with an assessment period during Year 12, which does not count towards the final grade, different disciplines included are :-
- Fine Art
- Graphic Communication
Students will produce coursework and an examination unit (externally set assignment) with a controlled test component. Students are expected to:
- Understand and explore the concepts and contexts of the work of contemporary artists, craftsperson�s, designers and photographers, plus other critical sources such as film, music and literature.
- Explore and experiment with a range of materials.
- Record from observation including taking photographic images.
- Experiment and develop ideas through a range of practical and conceptual processes, working towards a final piece showing clearly how you have been informed by the work of contemporary artists, craftspersons, designers and photographers, plus other critical sources such as film, music and literature.
- Present the work in an appropriate context e.g. sketchbook, mounted sheets, virtual folder, website, with an introductory written element.
- Produce a substantial final piece (or pieces) of work.
Art & Design (Fine Art)
Art & Design: Photography
AO1 - Developing ideas
AO2 - Exploring appropriate resources
AO3 - Recording ideas
AO4 - Presentation of response
Component 1 Project Portfolio (60%)
Students will be asked to produce a range of images, artefacts and samples leading into either two dimensional or three dimensional pieces of creative work.
Portfolios will include:
- A selection of thoughtfully presented pieces that demonstrates the breadth and depth of the course of study.
- At least one extended collection of work or project, 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 final outcome.
- Evidence of their ability to research and develop ideas and link their work in a meaningful way to relevant critical/contextual materials.
Component 2 Externally Set Assignment (40%)
Students will choose one question from a choice set by AQA. Students must cover all four assessment objectives thoroughly during the examination period.
Preparatory period - from January
Preparatory work should be presented in any suitable format, such as mounted sheets, design sheets, sketchbooks, workbooks, journals or models.
Supervised examination - 15 hours
In the 15 hours spread over a week, students must produce a finished outcome or a series of related finished outcomes, informed by their preparatory work.
Students who wish to follow either of these courses need to be self-motivated, creative, proactive and enthusiastic about the subject. Ideally you should have attained at least a grade 5 at GCSE in Art and Design. Occasionally we do take students on the course without this qualification but students will be expected to submit a portfolio of work and have an informal interview in this instance.