The Art qualification encourages an adventurous and enquiring approach towards art and design. Initial work is teacher directed but you are increasingly expected to determine your own avenues of investigation and experimentation, producing artwork which is both interesting and personally satisfying. You will be required to keep an A3 sketchbook in which a good majority of your developing work will be documented leading to final outcomes.
Students are required to:
- Undertake visual research using primary and secondary sources and record observations, experiences and ideas.
- Develop intentions, through the realisation of ideas and outcomes exploring and reviewing possible solutions and modifying work appropriately.
- Understand and use a range of materials, equipment, processes and techniques to develop linked and sequenced work.
- Know and understand a range of work from art history and different cultures, demonstrating an understanding of continuity and change in art, craft and design.
A minimum of 5 GCSE passes at grade 5 and above, preferably including Art.
Recommended support materials and revision guides
Students are encouraged to buy “The Art Book” pocket A-Z guide published by Phaidon, art materials, portfolio and sketchbooks. The use of their own camera would aid course research.
Examination arrangements and weightings
AS Component 1: Art and Design coursework = (50% AS)
AS Component 2: Externally Set Assignment = (50% AS)
Preparation period followed by an 10 hour exam
A2 Component 1: Art and Design Coursework = (60% A2)
A2 Component 2: Externally Set Assignment = (40% A2)
Preparation period followed by a 15 hour exam.
Success in this subject will clearly benefit you if you wish to take up an Arts Foundation course or an associated Arts degree course. Career opportunities include: fine artist, sculptor, ceramicist, graphic designer, fashion designer, visualiser in an advertising agency, set designer for the film industry, games designer and website designer.