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Art & Design

GCE Art, Craft and Design

Entry Requirements

Students must have a GCSE in Art and Design (C grade and above) to be able to take this course.  

 It is a requirement that students will be able to commit time to researching and completing their sketchbook work outside of lesson time in order to succeed in this course.

Course Content

Students will complete an AS level in Year 12 and progress onto A-Level in Year 13.  

 Year 12 AS Level consists of a coursework component that students will complete a minimum of 1 extended project that is 60% of the overall AS-Level grade. The aim of the coursework component will provide students with the ability and competency to explore a set theme independently. They will be provided with skills and processes workshops and will be encouraged to select the appropriate materials, resources and techniques to complete their project. They will strengthen their research and recording skills to a higher level. 

 They will also be set an externally set task (exam component) that is worth 40% of their overall AS-Level grade. The externally set task is in the form of separate themes/questions that the students must select one from to create a portfolio of work. The final outcome or series of outcomes for this component will be completed within a 10 hour exam. Once this examination has begun, students are not permitted to add further work to their exam preparatory work.  

 Year 13 A-Level consists of a Personal Investigation (coursework component 1) and the externally set task (Exam component 2).  

 The Personal Investigation is an extended project that the students select a topic / theme of their own choice to explore and create an in-depth portfolio of work and final outcome. It is important that students clearly research their theme, artists, record information and explore materials and processes in-depth to create project that reflects their creative journey. They must also complete an essay that supports their investigation. This component is worth 60% of the overall A-Level grade. 

 Component 2 is the externally set task (exam unit) that is worth 40% of their overall A-Level grade. Students will be provided with a set of themes / questions to select one from and will complete a portfolio of work. The final outcome or series of outcomes for this component will be completed within a 15 hour exam. Once this examination has begun, students are not permitted to add further work to their exam preparatory work. 

Assessment

Students will be assessed regularly and at the end of each component using the four assessment objectives specified by AQA. Their final contributions from the exam and coursework will be moderated and marked by an external examiner at the end of the exam period. 

 

AS-Level Component 1 (coursework): 60% overall grade 

AS-Level Component 2 (Exam): 40% overall grade 

 

A-Level Component 1 (Personal Investigation): 60% overall grade 

A-Level Component 2 (Exam): 40% overall grade

Career Pathways

There are many incredible and exciting careers within the arts to pursue, such as: 

Fine art, graphic design, fashion, textile art, sculpture, illustration, photography, art history, art therapy, teaching, architecture, animation,  film/TV/theatre design - set design/ costume / prop design / makeup.  

 Many more examples can be found on this useful link: 

Extra-Curricular

Students are encouraged to attend compulsory sessions to complete and improve coursework on a weekly basis. This is a great opportunity for students to experiment with equipment and materials not accessible outside of school and to have more 1:1 tutorials. 

 Students will have the opportunity to go on trips to local art museums and galleries, whilst also having specialists in for workshops to help build their skill set.