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Art & Design

Specific Course Entry Requirements B in Art
Examination Levels Offered AS and A-Level
Examination Board AQA

Art and Design encourages students to  follow the creative process and understand and develop the principles of art and design.

The course follows creative processes, including 2D and 3D work as well as print, photography, digital art and textiles. You will be encouraged to explore the work of other artists and designers and to develop responses. Your work will take the form of annotated boards and/or sketch books as well as 3D samples.

AS Level - One Year Course

Unit 1 - Personal Investigation—Internally set - 60%: Home and away – Mixed media project using source material and relevant artists to create inspiring design work. A wide range of media and techniques will be explored, students will secure a sound knowledge of how to create and interpret contextual sources. Students will need to explain the development of their ideas through both written and visual information. Students will produce a final piece of work linking to their development.

Unit 2 - Externally set - 40%: This assignment is aimed at assessing the students ability to work independently in response to a chosen starting point carrying out investigation, developing ideas and realising intentions referencing contextual and critical sources. Students will need to submit all of their research work and their final outcomes, which will be carried out over 15 hours in exam conditions.

A-Level - Two Year Course

Art and Design A Level is linear and will run as a two year A-level. Year 12 is a foundation year where by students will develop and refine a variety of skills and techniques which they will then apply to their two A-level units in A2. These will be assessed for their final A Level qualification on a 60/40 split.

Year 12 - Home and Away – Students will learn, develop and refine a variety of skills. They will complete 3 units of work using source material and relevant artists to create inspiring design work. A wide range of media and techniques will be explored, students will secure a sound knowledge of how to create and interpret contextual sources. Students will need to explain the development of their ideas through both written and visual information. Students will need to submit all of their research work and the final piece. This will be the foundation for their A–level.

Year 13 - Unit 1 - Personal Investigation—Internally set - 60%: Origins – a personal investigation incorporating both visual contextual and written elements. This will take the form of a portfolio of work. Students are encouraged to develop their own personal style and to develop a high level of skill within their chosen specialisms. Students must demonstrate greater maturity and depth in skill, knowledge and knowledge gained from Year 12. Staff will also advise and help to organise portfolio work for students who wish to apply for further education within the Arts.

Unit 2 – Externally set - 40%: This assignment is aimed at assessing the students ability to work independently in response to a chosen starting point carrying out investigation, developing ideas and realising intentions referencing contextual and critical sources  Students will need to submit all of their research work and their final outcomes, which will be carried out over 15 hours in exam conditions.

Staff Contact
Mrs N Garstang  ngarstang@oxtedschool.co.uk