You will have the opportunity to develop your artistic skills using a wide range of media and techniques. You will need to be self-motivated and have an open mind. This will allow your work to develop in exciting and inspirational ways. You may well develop completely new ways of working and you will get credit for this.
You should possess a genuine interest in the subject and be self motivated and willing to experiment with materials and techniques. The course provides an exciting opportunity to further develop creative ability. You will continue to develop your understanding of aesthetics, form, composition, materials and the need to be able to solve problems creatively.
What will you learn?
The skills learnt through the course will equip you for future creative careers such as artist, architect, product designer, graphic designer, fashion designer, photographer or stage set designer to name but a few, but it also provides a sound background for other less obvious careers where the ability to think differently and creatively gives an individual the edge on the competition.
Self expression is actively encouraged through the artwork, written word and discussion.
Component 1: Personal Investigation
You will undertake a practical investigation into an idea, theme, issue or concept. This practical work will be supported by written material. The focus of the investigation will be identified independently by you and will lead to a finished outcome (a final piece of work). The investigation will demonstrate your ability to develop a cohesive line of argument whilst evidencing your practical skill. A wide range of techniques will be explored using an appropriate range of materials.
Component 2: Externally set assignment
You will be provided with an externally set question paper. The question paper consists of a choice of eight questions to be used as starting points. You will be required to choose one of these questions as the focus for your investigations. The question papers will be provided on 1st February or as soon as possible after
this date. Following the preparatory period you will undertake 15 hours of unaided supervised time in which they will develop an outcome or a series of outcomes.
How is it assessed?
Component 1 (Y12&13): No time limit, 60%
Component 2 (Y12&13): Exam with time limit, 40%
Minimum grade C in GCSE art. If you have not studied art at GCSE, please consult the art staff.