A Level Art
Head of Department: Mrs R. Houseman (until Jan 2019) then Ms. E. Holland
Examination Board: EDUQAS
Specification Code: A651QS
Course Requirements: 7 in Art GCSE is the normal entry requirement. However, the Art Department are happy to consider applicants depending upon their portfolio of work
The A Level Fine Art course has been designed to provide students with opportunities to develop a broad foundation of critical, practical and theoretical skills. The course offers students access to understanding of a range of practices and contexts in the visual arts, crafts and design fields. Students have access to the full range of materials available in the department including painting, printmaking, textiles, mixed media, photography, installation and 3D.
Fine art is not about traditional painting, instead this specialism is chosen by the department because it is rooted in ideas, intellectual concepts, self-expression, free of external constraints. Fine art may be created to communicate ideas and messages about the observed world, the qualities of materials, perceptions, or preconceptions. It can also be used to explore personal and cultural identity, society and how we live, visual language, and technology. Fine Art allows us to consider and reflect on our place in the world, both as individuals and collectively.
The course encourages creativity, sustained investigation, analysis, experimentation, and practical making as a means of developing technical and expressive skills. It gives learners the opportunity to follow a programme of study which extends their own experiences of the world and personal interests as well as developing imagination and critical and reflective thinking. The greatest strength of the course is its focus on teaching students to innovate, adapt and work independently. Students learn to think critically and analytically, to take risks and challenge themselves past what they believed possible. These attributes, which underpin all aspects of the specification, are valued by higher education and employers alike.
The WJEC Eduqas A level in Art and Design is conceived as a two-year linear qualification.
Component 1: Personal Investigation, 60% of qualification, internally assessed, externally moderated.
Component 2: Externally Set Assignment, 40% of qualification, internally assessed, externally moderated.
All work is assessed internally, using four equally weighted assessment objectives.
AO1: Develop ideas through sustained and focused investigations informed by contextual and other sources, demonstrating analytical and critical understanding.
AO2: Explore and select appropriate resources, media, materials, techniques and processes, reviewing and refining ideas as work develops.
AO3: Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions, reflecting critically on work and progress.
AO4: Present a personal and meaningful response that realises intentions and, where appropriate, makes connections between visual and other elements.
Who should study Art?
A Level Art is suitable for those who are interested in and passionate about making, creating, discussing and engaging with Art. The course is designed to challenge you, to make you think, to problem solve, to innovate. Practical skills are fostered and built over time and the beginning of the course looks at both strengths and weaknesses in order to improve. A perceived lack of skill should not impact your decision to choose the subject if you are passionate about it.