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Art and Design

Course requirements 

To study this course at A Level you will be required to achieve, in addition to the general entry requirements, a minimum of level 5 in GCSE Art.

Course description 

If you have an interest in, enthusiasm for and enjoyment of art, craft and design with intellectual, imaginative, creative and intuitive capabilities then A Level Art and Design is the subject to study. Following the EDEXCEL 8ADO/9ADO specification, you will work under the same four assessment objects for each component: Skills, Recording and Research, The Creative Process and Outcomes. You will show technical manipulation of media; visual literacy, control of formal elements. Primary and secondary recording of visual reference material will enable you to develop research and understanding of contextual references that are relevant to intentions. Throughout your portfolio of work, you will explore ideas, techniques and media, reviewing and refining throughout; generating ideas through investigation. You will be able to bring together investigations in relation to creative intentions to realise and produce final outcome(s).

AS Components

  • • A/S 8ADO Component 1: Personal Investigation
  • • A/S 8ADO Component 2: Externally Set Assignment

A2 Components

  • • A Level 9ADO Component 1: Personal Investigation
  • • A Level 9ADO Component 2: Externally Set Assignment
Assessment 

A/S 8ADO Component 1 Incorporates two major elements: supporting studies and practical work. Supporting studies and practical work will comprise a portfolio of development work and outcomes based on themes and ideas developed from personal starting points.

A/S 8ADO Component 2 Incorporates two major elements: preparatory studies and the 10 hour period of sustained focus. Preparatory studies will comprise of a portfolio of practical and written development work based on the Externally Set Assignment. During the 10 hour period of sustained focus, students will produce final outcome(s) extending from their preparatory studies in response to the Externally Set Assignment, under examination conditions. Students have from 1 January until the commencement of the final 10 hour period of sustained focus to develop preparatory studies.

A Level 9ADO Component 1 Incorporates three major elements: supporting studies, practical work, and a personal study. Supporting studies and practical work will comprise a portfolio of development work and outcomes based on themes and ideas developed from personal starting points. The personal study will be evidenced through critical written communication showing contextual research and understanding in a minimum 1000 words of continuous prose, which may contain integrated images. This will comprise 12% of total qualification marked out of 18.

A Level 9ADO Component 2 Incorporates two major elements: preparatory studies and the 15 hour period of sustained focus. Preparatory studies will comprise of a portfolio of practical and written development work based on the Externally Set Assignment. During the 15 hour period of sustained focus, students will produce final outcome(s) extending from their preparatory studies in response to the externally Set Assignment, under examination conditions. Students have from 1 February until the commencement of the final 15 hour period of sustained focus to develop preparatory studies.

Progression 

Art and Design combines well with many subjects particularly Maths, Biology, Geology, Graphics, Product Design and Hair and Beauty. It provides an excellent foundation for many careers and degree courses including Advertising, Archaeology, Cartoonist, Illustrator, Photography, Theatre Design, Beautician, Fashion Designer, Florist, Architect, Movie Making and Teaching.