A Level Art & Design
Exam Board: EDEXCEL
GCE courses are offered in Textile Design, Graphical Communication and Fine Art, and the aim at this level of study is to encourage students to develop:
- intellectual, imaginative, creative and intuitive powers
- investigative, analytical, experimental, practical, technical and expressive skills, aesthetic understanding and critical judgement
- independence of mind in relation to developing their own ideas, refining their own intentions and personal outcomes
- an interest in, enthusiasm for, and enjoyment of art, craft and design
- experience of working with a broad range of media, including traditional and new media technologies
- an understanding of the interrelationships between art, craft and design processes and an awareness of the contexts in which they operate
Art and Design – Fine Art involves practical and critical/contextual work in one or more area(s) with a focus on the human form, habitats and environments and still life with traditional and contemporary interpretations.
Art and Design – Graphic Communication involves practical and critical/contextual work in advertising, illustration, packaging, typography and interactive media, and students will be required to work in one or more of these disciplines during the course.
Art and Design – Textile Design involves practical and critical/contextual work in one or more area(s) including fashion and costume, printed and/or dyed fabrics and materials, domestic textiles, constructed and/or stitched and/or embellished textiles.
This two unit specification enables students to develop their ability to actively engage in the processes of Art and Design – to build creative skills through learning and doing, to develop imaginative and intuitive ways of working and develop knowledge and understanding of media, materials and technologies in historical and contemporary contexts, societies and cultures.
Assessment is by
Unit 1: Portfolio of Work (Controlled Assessment) 60 per cent
Unit 2: Externally Set Task 40 per cent.
Work is organised in thematic projects from the beginning of all the courses, with one main theme being tackled each year in most cases. All work is regularly reviewed and projects may be added to and improved at all stages of the course before final submission for assessment at the end of the course. Each year an exam project is set to familiarize students with what to expect in the final Externally Set Task.
All project work is built around the following assessment objectives:
- DEVELOPING IDEAS through researching artwork by other artists, relevant to the project theme and analysing their work.
- REFINING IDEAS AND PRACTICAL WORK through experimenting with a range of media and processes to develop personal skills.
- RECORDING IDEAS AND IMAGERY through drawing and other means such as photography from observation and first-hand experience.
- CREATING AN OUTCOME which demonstrates independent decision making, and links to earlier research and contextual references on artists and designers.