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Art & Design

GCE Art, Craft and Design

Subject

GCE Art, Craft and Design

Entry Requirements

Five 9-4 grades at GCSE (or equivalent)

 

Students must have a GCSE in Art and Design (grade 4 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.

Exam Board

AQA

Content relating to the subject qualification

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 of the qualification

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:

http://www.theartcareerproject.com/art-as-a-career/   

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.

BTEC Level 3 Art and Design

Subject

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Art and Design

Entry Requirements

You need a high level of artistic ability and must have a Level 2, grade 4 (or equivalent pass) in an Art and Design qualification as a minimum. You should also have a portfolio of work demonstrating your abilities.  You should be enthusiastic, self-motivated and committed to developing your work in your own time. You will need to be able to read and write to a good standard and will need to use sketchbooks and cameras to record your observations and experiences. When developing your artwork, you must continuously problem solve, exploring alternative possibilities and solutions.

Exam Board

Pearson

Content relating to the subject qualification

This is a demanding and rigorous two-year course tailored to suit those students who are passionate about Art and Design. If you are looking to pursue a career in the creative industries or would like to further your studies in Art and Design then this is the course for you.
The course will provide you the opportunity to explore art, craft and design ideas and experiment with a wide range of 2D and 3D materials, techniques and processes including drawing, painting, sculpture, textiles, printmaking, ceramics and digital media. You will learn how to critically research and analyse the work of artists, craftspeople and designers, visit galleries and exhibitions and have the opportunity to work with professional artists and designers.

 

Assessment of the qualification

This 360-guided-learning-hour (GLH) qualification consists of four units,
three mandatory units and one optional unit and is the equivalent to one A-Level.

 

 

Units

GLH

(Guided Learning Hours)

Assessment
Method

1

Visual Recording and

Communication

120

External

2

Critical and Contextual Studies in Art and Design

90

External

3

The Creative Process

 

60

Internal

4

Optional Unit

 

 

Internal

 

Career Pathways

There are a diverse range of careers within the creative art and design industry:

Fine artist, graphic designer, fashion designer, textile designer, sculptor, illustrator, photographer, fashion photographer, art critic, art historian, arts and cultural planner, art therapist, art teacher, architect, urban designer, interior designer, animator,  film/TV/ maker, theatre designer, set designer, costume designer, dressmaker, prop designer, makeup artist, typographer, sign maker, toy designer, potter, printmaker, jeweler, animator, game designer, web designer, film editor, cartoonist, tattoo artist.

Extra-Curricular

You will visit galleries and exhibitions and have the opportunity to work with professional artists and designers and participate in specialist workshops to develop your creative skills.