In the Visual Arts Department, we aim to provide and portray a lively, challenging and happy environment in which students can learn and explore, breaking new boundaries. Students will learn how to convey and interpret ideas, feelings and observations into artwork and record experiences, in visual form, through a variety of media. They will develop theoretical knowledge and understanding of relevant materials, processes, technologies and resources and experience wet and dry materials, including oil paints, printing, photography as well as mixed media and work.
Assessment is through a combination of coursework, portfolio work and an externally assessed assignment.
Component 1 is a Personal Investigation, worth 60% of the full A Level, which is made up of a work journal, coursework, final pieces and a 1000-3000 word study. Non-exam assessment (NEA) set and marked by the centre and moderated by AQA during a visit to the centre.
Component 2 is externally set by the Exam board. It is worth 40% of the A Level and will be set by AQA. Work for this piece is completed in around 10 weeks and will culminate in a final piece being produced, in 15 hours, under exam conditions. Non-exam assessment (NEA) set and marked by the centre and moderated by AQA during a visit to the centre.
5 GCSE at grade 5 or above. Students must have achieved grade 5 or above in Maths and English. Entry subject to portfolio review.
The personal attributes and skills that you develop whilst studying Art and Design based subjects are vast. As students push themselves to explore unfamiliar techniques and materials, they will develop the tenacity required to problem solve at higher levels. They will become independent in their thinking and resilient in their attitudes. By analysing and researching the work of other practitioners, students develop lifelong skills that are transferable into any career path.