This is a two year programme, which focuses on developing a broad understanding of Art, Craft and Design. The programme aims for every learner to develop their own unique voice using visual imagery, applying technical and contextual understanding confidently to realise their intentions.
Learners are encouraged to explore individual interests and ideas over a range of genres through the development of sketchbooks to record their progress. Sketchbooks form an integral part of the course and learners are encouraged to develop their own creative styles for presentation, which may include producing handmade sketchbooks or integrating digital work.
Programme content includes techniques such as painting and drawing, illustration, collage, 3D techniques and printmaking. Developing ideas using direct observational drawing is a critical starting point for every project.
External opportunities and competitions are provided for all learners to push themselves outside their comfort zones and develop extra-curricular experiences and all learners are kept up-to-date on current exhibitions and events of interest, with trips organised throughout the year. AS Art and Design consists of a coursework portfolio and AL Art and Design includes a self-initiated portfolio module and an externally set controlled assessment.
Critical contextual understanding may be demonstrated through written, visual, oral or other appropriate forms.
ART3 Unit 3 : Art & Design Personal Investigation
One unit of coursework based on themes and subject matter developed from personal starting points that requires the candidate to communicate their understanding through integrated images and texts that includes a written element of no less than 1000 words. All work will be selected, evaluated and presented for assessment by the candidates. Critical contextual understanding may be demonstrated through written, visual, oral or other appropriate forms.
ART4 Unit 4 : Art & Design Controlled Assignment
One unit that comprises an externally set assignment presented to the candidates at the start of the preparation period for the controlled test that will be a continuous period of focused study of twelve hours. All work will be selected, evaluated and presented for assessment by the candidates. Critical contextual understanding may be demonstrated through written, visual, oral or other appropriate forms.
AS Art and Design has one unit: Coursework Portfolio worth 100%
AL Art and Design has two units: Personal investigation coursework unit worth 60%, Controlled Assignment worth 40%.
Normally students 16 - 19 years of age will require a minimum of 6 GCSEs at grades A* - C, one of which must be either GCSE Mathematics or GCSE English Language. Those wishing to study Art and Design should have a grade C or above in GCSE Art or a related subject and a portfolio of work. Entry for mature students without formal qualifications is at the discretion of the Curriculum Area.