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Art and Design

Year 9 Subject Option

Subject Content

In Art the subject content is made up of a Portfolio Unit (60% of the marks) – Assessment objectives cover contextual research, reflective recording, creative making and personal responses.

Course Overview

  • Developing skills in using a wide range of materials and techniques
  • Developing reflective recording and observational skills
  • Developing analytical skills – both in terms of historical and contemporary artists as well
    as own work
  • Learning to think and evaluate creatively and independently
  • How to create personal responses within artworks which reflect research and ideas
  • Creative presentation and selection of portfolio to submit for assessment
  • Feeds into creative media professions and university courses such as Animation, Art History, Archaeological Illustration, Architecture, Advertising and Publishing, Film, TV and Theatre, Floristry, Graphic Design, Games Design, Industrial Design, Interior Design and Surface Decoration, Museum and Heritage work, Conservation, Fashion, Hair and Beauty
  • Develops visual literacy and critical awareness of the images that surround us
  • Expands creative thinking and analytical writing skills.
  • Promotes independent learning through collecting resources and photographs outside school and individually tailored portfolio work

Please contact Miss J Podmore, Miss R Smith, Mr G Swain, Mrs Z Whitaker, Miss G Gladwin or Mr A Cook for more information regarding this subject.

This begins in January of Year 11. Students will select a starting point from a range set by the exam board. They will produce work on this theme for approximately 7 weeks. At the end of this time students have 10 hours of lesson time under exam conditions to complete a final piece.

Art in the Sixth Form

A-Level Art

A-Level Art is a two year linear qualification, selected students may have the opportunity to study the AS course following discussions with teaching staff. This option covers a broad area of study that includes painting, drawing, ceramics, sculpture, installation and conceptual art. It utilises traditional, new and emerging media and processes and involves expressive use of a wide range of materials, techniques and skills.

Students will initially be taught through workshops which focus on the acquisition of valuable skills (including experimentation, risk-taking, drawing and the ability to analyse and synthesise information and ideas) as well learning to develop and refine techniques. Understanding the practice of other artists is a vital aspect of this course and students learn to critically evaluate and analyse their own work in context. As the course progresses students use these skills more independently to develop their own line of study, culminating in an exhibition of their practical work and a written Exhibition Guide (1000 – 3000 words).

The varied nature of this linear qualification is a firm foundation for student entry into Higher Education. This in turn has led to many of our students into careers in Illustration, Media, Advertising, Architecture, Animation, Games Design, Theatre Design, Furniture Design, Jewellery Design, Fashion, Interior and Product Design.

The Examination Board for this course is Eduqas.

Students are encouraged to purchase a portfolio and a range of resources (e.g. acrylic paint) to work with in order to be able to complete additional work at home, and then to be able to transport work to and from school.

  • Grade 5 or above in Art at GCSE.
  • Submission of application portfolio (bridging work) of an appropriate standard.
  • Students without Art qualifications will be considered on merits of their application portfolio.
  • Successful students will need to take the initiative to visit galleries and art spaces in their own time and have a real passion for the subject.
  • Foundation Skills Workshops
  • Component 1: Personal Investigation

A portfolio of practical work based on a theme that reflects personal interests and evidences the exploration of a wide range of Fine Art materials.

  • Continuation of Component 1: Personal Investigation
  • Coursework complete in January of Year 13, concluding with an exhibition and written Gallery Guide.
  • Component 2: Externally Set Assignment: Work produced within a specific time-frame in response to an externally set brief, final piece of work completed in 15 hours under exam conditions.

Assignment for A-Level: Component 1 – 60% + Component 2 – 40%
Assignment for AS Level: Component 1 – 100%.

Enrichment Opportunities

  • Visit Galleries and Art Spaces – independently and with your art class.
  • Art Demonstrations – participate in workshops to improve skills.
  • Art Film Nights – watch artists work, be involved in contemporary debate and find new influences to inspire you.
  • Art Awareness – be aware of art events happening in the area.
  • Introductory workshops – try out new materials (e.g. Printmaking, photoshop, ceramics, paper mache).

Course Introduction Video

More Information

If you require more information, or have questions regarding this course, please contact Miss J Podmore. [email protected]