ART A LEVEL
Examination Board: AQA
Course Tutors: Miss S Nicolle Mrs H Bonner Mr K Kyriakides
Costs: Initially candidates should equip themselves with a memory stick, set of paints, brushes and pencils. Cost about £30. Advice is available. After this, most materials are free but candidates are asked to buy materials such as fabric, folders and sketchbooks.
Course Outline: The start of the course is a mini foundation when students have the opportunity to try new media, new techniques and have use of different types of materials. This leads on to one unit of coursework, until the end of January. The timed unit follows which is chosen from a variety of questions sent from AQA. From mid May we are preparing the end of year Show.
The theory component is in the form of artist studies put together in a sketchbook.
Teaching and Learning Styles: Mainly open workshop. The responsibility for progress rests with the student. In any lesson students may be drawing, painting, sculpting, print making, researching/writing or using textiles or Photoshop. Students produce very different portfolios by the end of the course which reflects their artistic skills and ability to sustain a line of enquiry. The varied portfolios are praised by Art Schools.
Students must complete 4 hours of homework either in the Art rooms or at home.
Units: 1 Practical coursework assignment.
Assessment: Marking by staff at school, moderated by AQA.
Course Outline: One unit of coursework and a timed unit. This will involve practical work in one chosen area plus a personal study.
Teaching and Learning Styles: Mainly open workshop. Responsibility for progress rests with the student. In any lesson students will be working on their chosen theme which also makes connections with contemporary or past practice of artists. The project provides evidence of skills in a variety of media and a personal response which leads to several final pieces. A minimum of 4 hours of homework is required.
Unit: 1 Practical coursework assignment plus essay.
Assessment: Marking by staff at School, moderated by Exam Board.
At ‘A’ Level there is far more time for exploration and scope to work in textiles, 3D assemblages and oils.
We have a good relationship with various Art Schools around the country; tutors come over to teach and interview our students and the feedback from examination results is encouraging.
At the end of the the Sixth Form students invite family and friends to view their hard work.