Creating meaning by an expressive or inventive artistic response to the world, a personal context or social issue.
Pupils will work towards an A Level in any combination of the following. Painting, Drawing, Printmaking, Sculpture and Photography.
The focus is on how ideas, feelings and meanings connect to images and artefacts at a personal and social level.
The aims of the specification is 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, make links to the creative industries;
- Knowledge, understanding and application of art, craft, design, media (traditional and new) and technologies in contemporary and past societies and cultures;
- An awareness of different roles, functions, audiences and consumers of art, craft and design practice.
AS GCE Units and Assessment
AS Unit: Coursework Portfolio comprises 60% of the total AS GCE marks. Candidates produce a portfolio of work from starting points, topics or themes. The focus is on including work that shows exploration, research, requisition of techniques and skills.
AS Unit: Controlled Assignment is worth 40% of the total AS GCE marks. Candidates select one starting point from an early release question paper with 3 – 6 weeks of preparation time, plus 5 hours controlled time.
Advanced GCE Units and Assessment
A2 Unit: Personal Investigation worth 30% of the total Advanced GCE marks. Candidates submit one major project that has a personal significance. The investigation includes a related personal study that must be between 1000 and 3000 words.
A2 Unit: Controlled Assignment is worth 20% of the total advanced GCE marks. Candidates select one starting point from an early release question paper. There are 3 – 6 weeks of preparation time plus 15 hours controlled time.