What Entry Requirements do I need to Study the course?
GCSE Art Level 5
What does the course involve?
Within Art and Design we work on extended projects which will usually last the term, and may have extension activities. Students will explore a wide range of art work and will cover a variety of media and processes in the development of their Year 12 portfolio of work. Development of drawing skills is essential and observational work will also be a focus. These are examples of some of the projects which may be worked on throughout the course;
- An extended project on the theme of figure. Students will explore a wide variety of Art based on the figure, in both two and three dimensions. They will also develop skills in figure drawing, with after school figure drawing sessions as enrichment. Following their research and experimentation students will then create their own response to the figure.
- Starting with the theme of collections, students will study the work of Damian Hirst, looking specifically at the wreck of The Unbelievable. Using this as starting point students will explore the concept of collections through their own investigations, and forming their own collection, through which they will explore a range of 2D and 3D media and processes, which will culminate in their own personal response.
You will be expected to keep different sketchbooks depending on staff and projects and must take care with presentation of work, keeping large pieces in a folder where possible. This must be kept up to date with annotation.
How is it assessed?
All work in Art and Design is assessed against these 4 Assessment Objectives.
- AO 1 Develop ideas through sustained and focused investigations informed by contextual and other sources, demonstrating analytical and critical understanding
- AO 2 Explore and select appropriate resources, media, materials, techniques and processes, reviewing and refining ideas as work develops
- AO 3 Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions, reflecting critically on work and progress
- AO 4 Present a personal and meaningful response that realises intentions and, where appropriate, makes connections between visual and other elements
Development of a Portfolio of Work
- No time limit
- 96 marks
- Development of a portfolio of work
Component 1 Personal Investigation
- No time limit
- 96 marks
- 60% of Year 13 Non‐exam assessment (NEA) set and marked by the centre and moderated by AQA during a visit to the centre. This is a practical investigation supported by written material.
Component 2 Externally Set Assignment
Response to an externally set assignment
- Preparatory period + 15 hours supervised time • 96 marks
- 40% of A‐level Non‐exam assessment (NEA) set by AQA, marked by the centre and moderated by AQA during a visit to the centre.
Examination Board: AQA