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Art and Design A Level

Exam Board: EDEXCEL

Level of study: Level 3

Length of course: 2 years

Entry requirements: General entry requirement plus grade B in GCSE Art & Design

What will you study?

Candidates will be entered on to the new two year linear A Level in Art & Design (unendorsed). This will allow them to follow their own areas of interest.

Unit 1 is an exploration of media – paints, clay, sculpture (3D) work as well as the creative use of other materials. Pupils work in sketchbooks and examine the work of others through written and visual analysis, experimenting with materials, processes and developing expressive techniques and ways of responding. Students produce a personal response to a given theme, which expands further techniques and processes gained from class exercises into personal visual work.

Unit 2 is a broad theme, set by the examination board for personal interpretation, to be completed within a three to four month time-frame. Students will be expected to work in both two and three dimensions within two or three days 15 hours sitting.

Unit 3 sees the students completing a mock exam paper in real time with a 3 to 4 month lead in. The mock exam will be themed based.

Unit 4 is composed of an analytical written and visual contextual study in an area of particular interest to the individual, which nurtures a unit of practical work and encourages their personal art and design interests to a higher level of     enquiry and attainment on a theme of their choice.

Unit 5 Students work independently on an area of interest which has been negotiated in their last term of L6. Work will be completed in their sketchbooks and a final outcome completed.

Unit 6 is an externally set unit based on a broad externally set theme, undertaken at the end of an extensive and intensive three to four months preparatory period of research and visual development studies. Students in their A2 year will tend to specialise in a discipline of their choosing.

Units 1, 3&5 form part of a students’ coursework personal portfolio and are worth 60% of their total A Level grade. Unit 2&6 carries a weighting of 40% of the total A Level grade.

What can you do with the qualification? Studying art can lead to a wide range of university degree courses in  Architecture, Interior Design, Interior Decoration, Surface Design, Fashion, Textiles, Glass, Ceramics, Exhibition Design, Photography, Film, Video and Television, Animation, Illustration Graphics, Product Design, Furniture Design, Fine Art and Community Arts.