Art and Design (AQA Fine Art 7202)

We are seeing the aims of the department bear fruit with a generation of artists emerging who are producing a tremendous range of exciting and highly skilled work.

There is also a culture of art appreciation and debate growing within the school. Other departments are responding to this and several joint ventures have been undertaken. Many pupils now choose art related subjects to study at university including Fine Art, Architecture, History of Art, Graphics, Theatre Design etc.

We have also enjoyed a great deal of success in the public exams, with a high percentage of students getting top grades at GCSE and A level.

Course Overview

It is anticipated that those studying Art at A level should have a higher level of motivation, and a keen interest in the work of other artists and designers. The ability to handle and manipulate materials in a confident and fluent manner is essential.

For those wishing to embark on a career as an artist, designer or architect A level Art would be a necessary choice.  However imagine the would-be medic asked to discuss a current Science and Art exhibition at their Oxford interview and feeling glad that they had taken Art as their fourth option.  Imagine the prospective engineer who was told at their Cambridge interview that it was a real bonus that they were able to draw, and you will begin to see how Art is useful in all kinds of spheres – the dentist who is a skilled craftsman and can match different shades of white is obviously at an advantage.

Think of your favourite film, remember that the director and those employed in its making probably found their way into cinema via Art school.

Lower Sixth Art

Component 1:
A portfolio unit of course work. A portfolio of materials which exemplify work carried out at AS.  Work marked as a whole.

Component 2:
Internally set assignment- a project with a five hour supervised time incorporated into the preparation for a final outcome.  Work marked as a whole.

Upper Sixth Art

Component 1: Personal investigation-(Internally assessed and externally moderated 60% of A2)
This is based on an idea, issue, concept or theme supported by 1000-3000 written piece of work.

Component 2: Externally set assignment- (Internally assessed and externally moderated 40% of A2)
This is a project based on one of eight starting points set by AQA.  Students produce a clearly defined selection of work which will lead to a finished piece or pieces.

Links to other subjects
A common combination of A2 courses is Art, Maths and Physics or Art, Geography and Physics.

Links to HE courses and beyond
Many of our students go on to do Art related degrees such as Architecture and Landscape Architecture whilst others will go on to study Art on a foundation course either locally or attached to a degree course elsewhere within the UK.

Recent department trips include:

Chatsworth– meeting the artists Michael Craig-Martin and Jenny Saville.

London– meeting advertising Creative Director Alan Mackie and fine artist Brian Griffiths and tutor at the Royal Academy.  Visiting major galleries in London.

Manchester– competing in the regional heats for the Articulation competition.

New York and Washington DC– visiting major international galleries in both cities.


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