Art & Design is a stimulating and demanding area of study which combines practical work with academic skills.
Students interested in a particular aspect of the visual world are encouraged to assemble a portfolio based on that theme. Sketchbooks are required for recording and collecting primary and secondary source material, which supports unit coursework.
Candidates are required to work in one or more areas of Fine Art, such as those listed below. They may explore overlapping areas and combinations of areas.
- painting and drawing
- mixed media, including collage and assemblage
- land art
- film, television, animation, video, photography: lens-based and/or light-based
- printmaking: relief, intaglio, screen processes
Historical and contemporary sources for art are used for research as well as the study of other cultures and contextual studies. Critical analysis and understanding of their use and application underpins all practical coursework.
AS - Year 1
Students produce a portfolio of evidence covering a wide range of 2D, 3D and 4D work, and at least one extended project on a selected theme.
Students receive an exam assignment set by AQA and students select a question from an exam paper and produce a volume of preparatory studies. There is a supervised practical exam of five hours.
A2 – Year 2
During the second year students will be expected to develop a deeper understanding of Fine Art practice to broaden their historical and contemporary references with analytical response.
Students are encouraged to expand work suitable for specialist art progression purposes. Advice and support is given to preparing art portfolios for Foundation Art courses or UCAS university applications.
Past students have progressed onto Foundation Art courses and university courses including, Animation, Architecture, Product Design and Fine Art.
Students produce a portfolio of coursework around personal choice of specialist interest, based on:
- Ideas or issues
- Concept or theme
- Written work of between 1,000 and 3,000 words supports this unit.
Students receive an exam assignment set by AQA and select a question to respond to. There is a supervised practical exam amounting to 15 hours in total.