http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/art-and-design/as-and-a-level/art-and-design

 

What is Photography?

Digital Photography is a creative subject in which you are expected to produce practical and critical/contextual work in one or more areas including portraiture, landscape photography, still-life photography, documentary photography, photo-journalism, experimental imagery, photographic installation, video, television and film.

 

Who is it for?

It is for those who like to be practical and creative and wish to express themselves in a personal manner. It may be part of your career route or a satisfying alternative to more academic work. It is essential students own their own compact digital camera (a minimum 6MP) or SLR.

 

What is studied?

Students will study the formal elements; line, colour, texture and pattern. They will develop image manipulation ICT skills and how to create dynamic compositions through a number of themes. They will consider the work of artists, designers and photographers to enhance your learning and creative understanding, as well as photography in an historical context.

 

2 year A-Level Course

Year 1 September – May

Exploration of skills both with the camera and through Photoshop, development of personal ideas

 

Year 1 June – Year 2 January

Component 1 Personal Investigation

60% of the A-Level

 

Year 2 February

Component 2 Externally Set Assignment

Preparatory Time + 15 hour examination

40% of the A-Level

 

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/art-and-design/as-and-a-level/art-and-design

 

What is Fine Art?

Fine Art is a creative subject in which you are expected to produce practical and critical/contextual work in one or more areas including painting, drawing, mixed-media, sculpture, land art, installation, and printmaking.

 

Who is it for?

It is for those who like to be practical and creative and wish to express themselves in a personal manner. It may be part of their career route or a satisfying alternative to more academic work. Students should have a grade B in GCSE Art unless there are extenuating circumstances.

 

What is studied?

Fine Art which includes drawing, painting, ceramic sculpture mix media printing, 3D construction and printmaking. Students will be expected to work from both primary and secondary sources, develop an understanding of art vocabulary and visit local and national galleries and museums. Contextual research is also a very important element, where both traditional and cutting edge artists are explored.

 

2 year A-Level Course

Year 1 September – May

Exploration of skills, development of ideas, taking risks

 

Year 1 June – Year 2 January

Component 1 Personal Investigation

60% of the A-Level

 

Year 2 February

Component 2 Externally Set Assignment

Preparatory Time + 15 hour examination

40% of the A-Level

GCSE skills will be embedded into all projects in Year 9 to give students a flavour of further art study and provide opportunities for creative independence. This will include: connecting to the work of others; producing independent designs; and making personal choices with materials. Year 9 students will be expected to produce and present quality final pieces of art work.

 

 

YEAR 9 THEMES INCLUDE:

 

Figure to Doodle Product Design

This can include: observational drawing; colour; composition; painting skills; 3D paper construction; photography; and the use of ICT.

 

 

Photography Skills Project

A 6 week introduction to Photography focussing on creating a series of images that relate to a theme whilst showing use of basic photographic composition rules.

 

 

Day of the Dead Cultural Theme

This can include: design; mixed media skills; batik; clay; oil pastel; print; clay; and the use of ICT for research.

 

Students are encouraged to provide their own research and resources to work from. The importance of allowing students to take charge and have creative opportunities to develop their own personal response to a theme is paramount.

 

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/art-and-design/gcse/art-and-design-8201-8206

 

Basic Equipment

Students are required to buy a number of art materials to ensure they are well-equipped to complete the course. Packs are available to buy at the start of the academic year through the Art Department, or students are able to source their own. Additionally GCSE students can purchase an A3 portfolio (£1.50) or A2 portfolio (£2) from the Art department.

 

Assessment

GCSE students are assessed using the AQA Art and Design Assessment Objectives for both the Fine Art and Photography specialisms.

 


 

Projects

Both courses are very content heavy. Students will be required to be well organised and willing to put in a lot of effort out of lessons. Students are encouraged to make use of the 'Move Forward' P6 sessions that are regularly available each week with Art Staff available for additional guidance and advice.

 

Mini Project - Bugs

Undertaken at the start of the course; pupils will explore and experiment with media through the repetition of one image.

 

Main Project

The main coursework project is a personal investigation into a given theme. Students produce work that is influenced by artists/art movements/cultures and continually develop skills with a variety of media.

 


 

Shows

During the year there are two opportunities for students to exhibit the work they are creating. The first takes place in January and is a display of coursework final pieces. Once the final examination has been completed and the displays boards have been put up a final 'End of Year' show exhibits both the students' exam and coursework portfolios.

 

Trips

Students are actively encouraged to visit Local and National galleries to look at original artworks. Artist research and analysis are both extremely important components of the GCSE.

The following Schemes of Learning build upon the Year 7 skills with stronger emphasis towards the development of personal ideas for final responses. The overall theme for the year is 'Identity' with all projects linking to this.

 

Gargoyle

This is a clay project following the process of observational drawing to design to creation. A fun project that all Year 8's really enjoy.

 

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Self-Portrait

Through learning a number of drawing techniques to aid success the students develop observational self- portraits. Students are encouraged to develop the portraits through combining influences from a number of different contextual sources (Romero Britto, Craig Redman and Julian Opie)

 

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