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A Level Art and Design - Fine Art

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A Level Art and Design - Fine ArtAvailable for applications
Course Details
Location Wakefield City Campus
Level Level 3
Start Date September
Duration 2 years
Time of Day Day
Mode of Study Full time
Awarding Body AQA
Offering Code GSL3ACD; GAL3ACD
UCAS Tariff A Level UCAS POINTS 0-56
Programme Design and Overview This programme is for committed students with previous experience of Art and Design evidenced by success at GCSE Level and by presentation of a portfolio of relevant art work. You will study a range of Fine Art subjects, including (but not limited to): Painting, Drawing, Photography and Print. Students then choose to work in their specialist area.
What you will Study

You will be introduced to a variety of experiences involving a range of media, processes and techniques. Workshop style sessions will give practical knowledge and experience through tutor demonstrations and production of samples. You will explore images, artefacts and resources relating to a range of fine art, craft and design, from the past and from recent times. Visits to local galleries will also be encouraged.

You will explore drawing using a variety of methods and media on a variety of scales. You will work in one or more areas of Art, such as painting, drawing and mixed media, including collage and assemblage.

The course is split into two main components:

1. Personal Investigation
This entails students developing skills in all areas as well as appreciating and learning about historical and contemporary artists. Work will be underpinned with research and written analysis as well as a visual work which shows the learning process. Students will then be given the opportunity to develop their own personal style with individual projects. Sharing good practice within the class learners will push their abilities to the limit and produce a body of work that shows a journey of development resulting in a skilful and creative outcome. Each learner will also produce a 1000-3000-word essay, based on the work and artists they have researched and the work they have developed.

2. Externally Set Exam
This is an externally set exam project in which the student will choose a title and use the skills, creativity and knowledge developed throughout component to create an innovative piece of work showing creativity and the ability to understand and use photographic equipment and language. This is a course work-based project, yet there is a period of 15 hours silent working in exam conditions to show the knowledge gained and to be able to produce an outcome.

How you will Learn The course is based on practical working methods including the use of sketchbooks, worksheets and journals. Sessions are project based and art work is produced initially in an experimental way, showing research into a related topic, development work through drawings and designs, samples in relevant area, then an outcome. You will use a selection media to explore tone, form, colour and texture.
Course Structure

60% Personal study.
40% Exam Preparation plus 15 hours.

Nature of Assessments on the Programme

Formative assessments with verbal and written feedback will help to further ideas and grades, and summative assessments will be given when the projects are completed, also with verbal and written feedback.

There are four main criteria assessed:

AO1/ - 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.

A Level -
Component 1 is worth 60% of the marks which must be supported by written work between 1500 – 3000 words.
Component 2 is worth 40% of the mark and will have 15 hours of supervised time at the end of the project.

Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs at 9-4 or A*to C, including English and Maths and an art or design related subject. And;

Evidence of Artwork – portfolio.

Attendance Expectations The full A Level programme takes two years. Full-time students usually attend for 16 hours per week. NB 100% attendance in all your A level sessions is essential to get high grades.
Attendance - Please note This is part of a full-time study programme. It may be available as a standalone fee-paying course that is not part of a full-time study programme subject to sufficient interest. For further information call the Course Information Team on 01924 789111.
Fee Information

Tuition and certification are free if you are aged 16-18. Related additional costs may include materials, equipment, visits, and residentials, which are payable by all students.

Any student registered with an Awarding Body who has been given free entry and subsequently withdraws or is withdrawn by a tutor will incur the certification fee associated with the course. Any re-sit examination will incur a cost.

Different fees apply to international/overseas students and those studying this qualification as a standalone course.

Financial Support Information For more detailed information on financial support please contact the Financial Support Team on 01924 789304.
Further Study A Level Art is an accepted entry qualification to universities and colleges for a wide range of degree and diploma courses.
Career Opportunities

Work as a self-employed fine artist, photographer or crafts-person, or as a designer in a variety of specialist areas of study including architecture, graphic design, product design, stage design, interior design, and jewellery design

How to Apply Please complete a full-time application form. If you require an application form or details on how to enrol, please contact Course Information on 01924 789111.
For Further Details

Please contact Richard Collings, Head of A Levels by emailing

Alternatively, contact Course Information on 01924 789111.

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Subject Area (W) Art & Design
Subject Area (W) ALevels
Client Group (W) 16-18
Client Group (W) International
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