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Fine Art AQA Advanced GCE

This is a two year course which will provide a stimulating, creative but structured basis for those intending to pursue Art and Design this higher level. Art is a popular choice at A Level for those with a strong interest in creating and understanding Art, and with the determination and enthusiasm to develop personal directions and outcomes through analysis, critical thinking and exploration.

At TWGGS we follow a Fine Art endorsement which encompasses painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture and alternative media. Pupils are encouraged to develop these skills in a creative, imaginative, intuitive and intellectual way. The experimental, investigative and practical nature of the course develops aesthetic and critical awareness. The structure of the course, which includes either keeping a working sketchbook or planning sheets and analytical writing, encourages sound working practice and the ability to think sequentially.

The course begins with a structured ‘two-term foundation’ designed to introduce pupils to the four-assessment objectives and good A Level practice. Based around a title, all pupils will learn how to:

AO1/th> Develop ideas through sustained and focused investigations informed by contextual and other sources, demonstrating analytical and critical understanding.
AO2 Explore and select appropriate resources, media, materials, techniques and processes, reviewing and refining ideas as work develops.
AO3 Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions, reflecting critically on work and progress.
AO4 Present a personal and meaningful response that realises intentions and where appropriate, makes connections between visual and other elements.
COMPONENT 1: Personal investigation
From September, until the end of January of the second year.
*Pupils can carry work forward from their ‘two term foundation’ as this component has no time limit.
This needs to be a coherent, in-depth study, supported by written work that demonstrates the pupil’s ability to construct and develop a sustained line of reasoning from an initial starting point to a final realisation.
COMPONENT 2: Externally set assignment
From 1st February, of the second year of study, until the end of the exam date in May Following receipt of the examination paper pupils will consider the starting points, select one and carry out an in-depth study (based on assessment objectives AO1, AO2 and AO3) until the start of the unaided, supervised examination time. During the 15 hours examination pupils will produce a finished outcome or a series of related finished outcomes (AO4), informed by their preparatory work

Enrichment Activities: for Lower 6th pupils we organise a day of gallery and exhibition visits. This offers the pupils a valuable opportunity to gather information as a starting point for the development of ideas and individual pathways for their own work.

It is expected that pupils studying Art up to this level will visit galleries and exhibitions regularly. Costs are kept to a minimum. Sketchbooks need to be budgeted for and, in addition, a portfolio is essential for interviews.

For pupils intending to undertake Foundation or Degree Courses, A Level Art is vital and is relevant to a wide range of careers. These include advertising, working in media, architecture, fashion and textiles, interior design, fashion, theatre, museum, gallery work and of course, working as an artist. Pupils who have aptitude and interest in the subject but do not intend to take the subject beyond A Level, would also find the course rewarding and challenging. Pupils could also go straight into a job as the GCE is a recognised qualification that will encourage the exploration of the creative mind and the development of the basic skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers are looking for.

Also see related pages: Curriculum and Prospectus