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Fine Art (AQA)

Entry Requirements:

Minimum grade 6 in  either  GCSE Art & Design, GCSE Photography,  GCSE Textiles or Head of Department approval of Portfolio.

This course requires an enthusiasm  for the Visual Arts, imagination and an enquiring mind.    Students  are  encouraged  to  express  their  own artistic  identity,  and  are expected to work with a high degree of  independence and creativity, taking creative risks and exploring their own interests.   Students will  be  required to make frequent trips to museums  and  galleries making links between their own work and  that  of relevant professional artists. They  are also expected to make visits to record first-hand information using sketchbooks and cameras. Students  are expected to commit to 5 hours  a week working independently on their coursework. This may include making visits and time spent in  the department  developing coursework. All work submitted will be  marked by the course teacher and moderated by the examining board.

Course Content and Assessment: AS Unit 1:  Coursework Portfolio

Students  will   begin the  course  by   attending  a  series  of  workshops  designed  to introduce a range of  Fine  Art techniques, creative thinking and research skills that will arm them with the tools they need to create their coursework.

Students  are given   a theme as a starting point, from  which they are  expected to develop their ideas through the use of research around the theme and of other artists work, drawing and photography and analysing their work. Students will  then further develop work by  experimenting with a range of Fine Art techniques such as painting and drawing, printmaking or sculpture, refining ideas as they progress.  Students will design and  create a final  piece based  on their  preparation  studies.  Students  are required to attend Art Workshop  for a minimum of 2 hours each week and will need to be  committed to complete work in  their study periods.

AS Unit 2:  Externally Set Assignment

Students will  be  given  a question paper set by  the examining board AQA. The  paper contains five exciting themes. Students choose one  theme to explore and develop into a final piece that will be  completed during 15  hours. 5 hours of the development time are conducted under exam controlled conditions.

A2 Unit 3:  Personal Investigation

Students  have complete freedom to choose their own theme; they are encouraged to explore their  own interests  allowing them  to produce work that  shows a personal artistic identity.  Practical work produced during this unit will need to be  documented in  writing, this could be  in  the form of  a journal, a log,  reports  on gallery visits or evaluations of own and others work (1000 -3000 words maximum).

A2 Unit 4:  Externally Set Assignment

Students will again be  given  a question paper by  the examining board AQA, this time the paper contains eight exciting themes. Students choose one to explore and develop into a final piece that will be  completed during the 15  hour exam.

Career Options:

 A Level Fine Art can lead to higher qualifications such as Foundation Diploma and Degree. It can lso lead to a variety of careers such as Product Design, marketing & Promotion, Fine Art, Interior Design or Graphic Design