Exam Board: AQA
Course leader: Miss Lawrence
Course name: AS and A2 Fine Art (ARTB)
You will have opportunities to develop personal responses to ideas, observations, experiences, environments and cultures in practical, critical and contextual forms. You will explore painting, printing, photography, sculpture and craft. The subject encourages an independent response to a subject area of your choice. Visiting galleries and exhibitions independently form a critical part of the course to broaden your understanding of the subject.
The aims of the course are to encourage candidates to develop:
- intellectual, imaginative, creative and intuitive powers
- investigative, analytical, experimental, practical, technical and expressive skills, aesthetic understanding and critical judgement
- independence of mind in relation to developing their own ideas, refining their own intentions and personal outcomes
- an interest in, enthusiasm for and enjoyment of art, craft and design
- the experience of working with a broad range of media, including traditional and new media and technologies
- an understanding of the interrelationships between art, craft and design processes and an awareness of the contexts in which they operate
- experience of working within relevant and real frameworks and, where appropriate, to make links to the creative industries
- knowledge, understanding and application of art, craft, design and media and technologies in contemporary and past societies and cultures
- an awareness of different roles, functions, audiences and consumers of art, craft and design practice.
Assessment: Year 12
1 coursework portfolio
1 externally set assignment (10 hour exam)
Assessment: Year 13
1 x coursework portfolio – Personal project with written element 1000-3000
1 x externally set assignment (15 hour exam)
Careers and Higher Education Opportunities
The course can lead onto a degree in an art discipline and commercial apprenticeship schemes with art/creative organisations. This A Level is suitable for anyone considering a career in the varied world of art and design. Progress to A2, Foundation Art course, degree.
Areas for further study = textiles, fashion, media, photography, Illustration, Painting (Fine Art), Animation, Computer designing.
Career examples = Teacher, gallery coordinator, Graphic designer, Advertising, multimedia design, Editorial design.
Extra-curricular enrichment opportunities
Weekly after school drop in sessions run within the Art department ensure all Art students are fully supported throughout the course. Visits to Art galleries and exhibitions to learn about the arts have also been used to support learning in class and sixth form students have the opportunity to get involved in an exhibition of their own work held at Margaret Street in Birmingham in June. They will gain experience in how to display their work for exhibition purposes and family and friends will have an opportunity to attend the exhibition.