Art & Design: A Level

Who do I speak to? Ms. Ruth Johnstone

Why study Art and Design?

• We live in a visual world; develop your visual literacy skills and be part of it. Enjoy experimenting with a wide range of media from big brushes on canvas to precise drawing and clay work. The choice is yours

• A chance to be your own artist and have your own personal studio space

• To build a portfolio to enable access to your chosen avenue of higher education.

What’s it all about?

• AS coursework portfolio = 60%. You will follow a structured course developing skills in fine art and sculpture. These will be used to create a range of experimental pieces and some large scale final outcomes

• AS exam = 40%. This is your chance for independence! Select a theme and be your own artist! You are examined on a body of work for which you are given three months to create in both lesson time and your own studio time. We will help by advising and directing you towards your best outcome

• A Level coursework = 60%. Your chance to shine! It’s all about the final pieces. Use both lesson time and your own studio time to create the work you’ve always wanted to. Work will be directed by you and critiqued by us, preparing you for that university next step. There is an expected written content at this stage

• A Level exam = 40%. Show off your level of skill with an exam which takes a similar format to that of the AS, but one which expects greater depth of understanding and refinement to be evidenced.

When will I be assessed?

• For both AS and A Level you will have in-house assessments at given points during your first term. These do not get used officially but is a chance for you to know the grade your coursework would achieve in its current form. You will receive feedback on how to improve this grade

• Official AS and A Level assessments take place at the end of their respective years, both for the coursework and the exam, following the collection of all work submitted.

What could it lead to?

• For many of our students the next step is further education within the arts

• A foundation course is the traditional access route for the degree level although some students may wish to apply directly for the degree also, we will help with portfolios and applications

• If you are not planning to follow the art path, an ‘Arts’ A Level carries as much weighting as any other subject in terms of University applications/points awarded/job applications and indeed shows creativity and diversity along-side other subjects.

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