Art and Design

Head of Department:          Miss R Shepley

Fine Art

Examination Board:  AQA

Art and Design AS/A Level, will be offered in purpose built studios by a forward looking, lively and innovative Department enabling students to follow a challenging and stimulating course.

Fine Art may be defined as work which is produced as an outcome of the students’ personal experience, rather than that which is created exclusively for a practical function. Work produced will demonstrate creative skills, and give visual form to individual thoughts, feelings, observations and ideas. Possible processes include painting and drawing, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics and alternative media (such as installations, site-specific work, assemblage, mixed media, digital, film and video).

A breadth of study is encouraged which will allow candidates to develop a sound grounding in a number of areas whilst still exploring the subject in depth.  Coursework is developed across a range of media including drawing, painting, photography, print, ceramics, sculpture, textiles, fashion, film and ICT.  Candidates may specialise in any one of the above disciplines or follow a broad unendorsed course similar to GCSE.

Photography A Level

Photography, lens & light – based  media will be offered in a purpose built studio housing a bank of computers installed with Adobe Photoshop and a well resourced darkroom. Students may begin the course with little previous experience of photography – just a desire to engage and be inspired! GCSE Art is not required. Pupils will learn how to control traditional, digital SLR cameras and other lens based media including film, creatively, how to use the darkroom in an imaginative way. Pupils will be taught through small workshops in photography including image manipulation, collage, montage techniques and be challenged to create high quality, personal photographic work.

Textile Design A Level

Textile Design involves creation, selection and manipulation across a variety of contemporary and traditional practice. The tools used in textile design are wide ranging - encompassing traditional hand crafts and computer aided technology. Textile design includes constructed textiles; dyed textiles; printed textiles; fine art textiles and fashion textiles. Coursework is developed across a range of media including drawing, painting, photography, print, sculpture, textiles, fashion and ICT. 

All Art courses offered will require research and projects are placed in an Art historical context, therefore, visits to museums and galleries are viewed as an essential part of the course.  The Department aims to visit major European collections such as those in Paris, Berlin or Florence each academic year.

Scheme of Assessment

Units

 

Level

Name

Weighting

AS

Weighting

A2

1

AS

Coursework Portfolio 

50%

25%

2

AS

Externally Set Assignment

50%

25%

3

A2

Personal Investigation

 

25%

4

A2

Externally Set Assignment

 

25%

The AS Unit 2 externally set assignment runs from February to May and includes a 5 hour timed examination during the unit. The A2 Unit 4 externally set assignment runs from February to May and includes a 15 hour timed examination to conclude the unit. This is followed by an exhibition celebrating the work of our pupils.

Formal assessments with feedback will take place throughout the year along with regular 1:1 tutorials. All units will be marked internally and externally moderated.