|Examining Body: EDEXCEL||Specification No: 9FA01|
Either a Grade 4 in GCSE Art & Design OR Pass BTEC Art & Design. If Art not studied a portfolio will be required
Synopsis of Content:
The course encourages an adventurous and enquiring approach to Art, Craft and Design alongside developing a working knowledge of a variety of materials, practices and technology. You will develop the skills needed to portray and embrace your ideas as well as an understanding of past and contemporary Art practice.
Fine art may be created to communicate ideas and messages about the observed world, the qualities of materials, perceptions, or preconceptions. It can also be used to explore personal and cultural identity, society and how we live, visual language, and technology.
Component 1 - Year 1 & Year 2 - Personal Investigation
Students will have opportunities to generate practical work, ideas and research from primary, secondary and contextual sources. They will experiment with media and processes and develop and refine their ideas presenting their outcomes.
1. Incorporates three major elements: supporting studies, practical work, and a personal study. Themes studied during the course include Viewpoints, A Documentary Challenge and Growth and Evolution.
2. Supporting studies and practical work will comprise a portfolio of development work and outcomes based on themes and ideas developed from personal starting points.
3. The personal study will be evidenced through critical written communication showing contextual research and understanding in a minimum 1000 words of continuous prose.
Component 2 - Year 2 - Externally set assignment
1. Incorporates two major elements: preparatory studies and the 15–hour period of sustained focus.
2. Preparatory studies will comprise a portfolio of practical and written development work based on the Externally Set Assignment.
Assessment Methods / Teaching Methods and Resources
This component is worth 60% of your A level. It requires you to produce a portfolio of practical and written work based on personal starting points.
Externally Set Assignment (ESA)
This component is worth 40% of your A level. It requires you to produce preparatory studies and personal outcome(s) based on a theme set by Edexcel. The theme will be released to you in February of your final year. You’ll have 15 hours to produce your personal outcome or outcomes.
Suitability for Combination
Art readily combines with any other sixth form course. You may wish to do Art A Level for its own sake, or perhaps to form the basis of a future interest or as part of a range of subjects. The study of Art can also help you to develop transferable skills you can take into any career.
Progression to Higher Education / Vocational Destinations
Art is essential for students who wish to undertake further studies in ‘the Arts’ many go onto take a one year Foundation course before applying for degrees courses. Students who are looking for careers in which an art background is relevant include architecture, advertising, publishing, fashion, design, game design, theatre or gallery employment etc.
Ms M Allum – Art Team Leader Ms L Smith – 2nd I/c Art
Ms M Allum – Art Team Leader
Ms L Smith – 2nd I/c Art