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ART A/AS Level
The staff who teach you are all practitioners in their specialism and will encourage you to develop your own personal style, which can be adapted to a variety of exciting project briefs.
Fine Art A Level will appeal to you if you enjoy practical creative activities, have an interest in historical and modern art and artist and want to develop your artistic skills and analytical abilities. It will also give you the grounding to be able to pursue an academic and professional career in art or design. It will provide you with the opportunity to develop your creative skills in a wide range of media and materials including painting, drawing, printmaking, digital image making and sculpture. Your personal artwork will be linked to visual research through gallery visits and contextual study.
What Will I Study? Year one offers the chance to develop techniques, skills and understanding through a set projects and externally set exam assignment. Skills will be developed through experimenting with different materials and techniques, exploring artist references and recording, developing and refining creative responses.
In year two you are given the opportunity to further develop your practical skills through pursuing your own creative ideas by setting your own theme to explore as well as ompleting another externally set exam assignment. The contextual written element is covered through the production of a 1000 to 3000 word essay, which explores the links between your work and your chosen artist references.
How Will I Be Assessed ? You will be assessed through a combination of course work and externally set exam questions. Each year you will produce one body of course work and one body of exam work. Your work will be assessed equally against four points, these are how well you explore and develop your ideas, how well you experiment with different materials and techniques i.e. painting, printmaking etc, how well you research and analyse appropriate artist's work and finally the quality of your finished pieces of art work. You will have regular guidance and support from your tutors to help you get the best possible grades.
What Do I Need To Study The Subject ? The best foundation for success in AS and A Level Art is a grade C or above in GCSE
Art or a related creative subject such as Textiles or Graphics. If you haven't taken any of these GCSEs, but you enjoy creative activities and are prepared to work hard you could still study Fine Art as part of your full time AS and A Level course. The art studios are located in specialist facilities in a dedicated Art and Design Centre. Although some equipment is provided you will need a selection of your own art materials for example paints, brushes, pencils, pastels, glue, sketchbook and A1 folio. You will be given a thorough list of what you need to buy in the first class so don't worry about buying anything before you come.