OVERVIEW Pupils follow the AQA Fine Art syllabus, which allows them to explore many different aspects of the subject. The course is designed to build on the skills, knowledge and understanding introduced at GCSE and pupils are required to develop practical work supported by critical/contextual studies in one or more of the following disciplines: drawing, painting, mixed-media, sculpture, installation, printmaking, moving image (video, film, animation) and photography.
The A Level Course In the first year of the course, pupils will be introduced to a variety of experiences, employing a range of media, processes and techniques appropriate to their area of individual study. Their knowledge of Art will be extended through contextual research, experimentation with materials, development of ideas and the realisation of final outcomes. Pupils will be encouraged to recognise and develop their own strengths in the subject. Great emphasis is placed on the individuality of approach and the willingness to take risks with techniques and concepts. The second year of the course is divided into two key areas: 1. Personal Investigation (60% of A Level) A personal investigation in which pupils develop practical work in response to an idea, issue, concept or theme of their choice. The practical work is supported by a personal study of 1000 – 3000 words. (No time limit) 2. Externally Set Assignment (40% of A Level) An externally set assignment based on eight starting points from which pupils will select one. Pupils will work on preparatory studies before producing a conclusive personal response in the supervised time. (Supervised time: 15 hours)
Assessment Both the Personal Investigation and the Externally Set Assignment are assessed internally by departmental staff and then moderated by a visiting examiner from AQA. ENTRY / APTITUDE REQUIREMENTS • Minimum GCSE Art grade 6 is strongly recommended. • Pupils should have an enquiring mind and be highly motivated. • Pupils are expected to be organised, self-disciplined and independent thinkers. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Recording from direct experience is an essential part of the course and life drawing classes are held throughout the Autumn and Spring terms to help pupils to develop this critical skill. Gallery visits are an important part of the course and trips are arranged to local and national exhibitions. Sixth Form artists are encouraged to enter work into exhibitions and, in recent years, they have exhibited locally at the Brook Gallery, Exeter; the Marle Gallery, Axminster and in the Doddiscombsleigh Art Show. Career information: the subject develops pupils’ imagination, creative involvement and aesthetic sensibilities. Professions involving Art and Design are wide ranging including: Fine Art, Architecture, Theatre Design, Fashion, Graphic Design, Illustration, Animation and Publishing.
Exam Board: AQA Specification Name: Art and Design
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