Why study Art and Design?
There are essentially three types of Art student:
These categories are not necessarily mutually exclusive, but they define the motivation of the student. However, the majority of Art and Design students basically want to study a practical, ‘hands-on’ course that is engaging, imaginative and creative.
What does the A Level Art and Design: Fine Art course consist of?
Unit 1: The Human Condition: a portrait project (examining art as process vs art as narrative).
Unit 2: A contextual search for a theme for the Personal Study (acting as an additional extended project).
Unit 3: The Personal Study (a written dissertation / essay on a focused theme).
Unit 4: The Externally Set Assignment / Exam.
The units develop a deeper appreciation of art practice through contextual studies- placing work in a theoretical socio-political framework while researching artists and art movements. It also develops a more sophisticated understanding of media processes and techniques- increasing skills in drawing, painting and printing (but this could include photography, sculpture and installation).
How is this course assessed?
We use the AQA exam board. There are four Assessment Objectives, each one is equally weighted and must be addressed equally
Students use the extended projects to produce a portfolio of work combined with the Personal Study to address each Assessment Objectives equally (60% of overall grade) and finally they complete the Externally Set Assignment / Exam (40% of the overall grade).
What might this course lead on to?