Art and Design
The aim of the first year is to explore and develop a portfolio of techniques and artistic approaches based on a variety of starting points, concepts, themes or an issue. You will work in two or more of the following areas: Fine Art, Graphic Communication, Textile Design, 3D Design, Photography.
Component 1: This is a personal practical investigation into an idea, issue, concept or theme, supported by written material. The investigation must show clear development from initial intentions leading to a finished outcome or series of outcomes.
Component 2: Externally set assignment.
As a student of Art, you will develop your intellectual, imaginative, creative and intuitive capabilities through a varied and personalised curriculum. You will develop investigative, analytical, experimental, practical, technical and expressive skills alongside gaining aesthetic understanding and critical judgement. These skills will enable you to grow independently, developing, refining and communicating your own ideas and presenting your own personal outcomes. Through your practical experience of working with a broad range of art based materials, you will develop your interest and enthusiasm for the arts, gaining an awareness of the processes and contexts in which they operate. Your knowledge and experience of the creative industries and real-world contexts will be developed through visits and project briefs that increase your understanding of the roles, functions, audiences and consumers of art, craft and design. You will apply the skills you have developed through your coursework, practical projects for AS and a personal investigation for A Level, and your exam where you choose and respond to a question through a practical project.
Additional Entry Requirements
GCSE Art â€“ Grade 5 or portfolio at teacherâ€™s discretion.
Portfolio – 60% Externally set assignment – 40%
Opportunities for work related activities
Trips to local and national galleries and visits from local artists and galleries through outreach programmes.