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Art - Fine ArtA Level

Art and design are powerful vehicles for communication, a way to express visions that are beyond the capacity of words and a medium for cultural enlightenment. Art and design shapes the way people talk about critical issues and formulate visions of the future, shaping the ideas and thoughts of society and the thoughts of everyone in it. Art and design is important in society. It is an example of our creative nature which in itself is responsible for most things we see and use today.

You will be introduced to a variety of experiences employing a range of media, processes and techniques appropriate to your chosen area of study. You will build your skills, knowledge and understanding following a programme of study that provides personal challenges for the individual candidate. It will enable the candidate to acquire a greater understanding and interest of the critical and contextual aspects of Art & Design.

  • Art is my passion. The teachers at St Paul's are always interested in your work and push you to do your absolute best
  • Art is a great subject simply because it enables you to be as creative as you want.
  • I like hearing about the different kind of artists out there and how there is no right or wrong -- it's all about your own interpretation

Course Content

Component 1

Induction Period

Students are required to work in one or more areas of Fine Art, such as those listed below. To explore techniques, revisit processes and refine skills. They may explore overlapping areas and combinations of areas:

• Drawing and painting

• Mixed-media, including collage and assemblage

• Sculpture

• Installation

• Printmaking (relief, intaglio, screen process)

• Digital manipulation, using photography.

Personal investigation

This is a practical investigation supported by written material, with no fixed time limit

Component 2

Students are required to conduct a practical investigation, into an idea, issue, concept or theme, supported by written materials. The focus of the investigation must be identified by the student and must lead to a finished outcome or a series of related finished outcomes.

Key Facts

  • Course Level A Level
  • Assessment Breakdown Component 1: 60% of final A level Component 2: 40% of final A level-Externally set assignment-15 hours of supervised controlled assessment
  • Assessor AQA
  • Entry Requirements Minimum 5+ Levels 4-9. 6+ Art GCSE.
  • Online Learning Materials Interactive courses on our VLE including forums and online assessment