Entry requirements: GCSE grade 6 in Art
Alongside the practical expertise you’ll develop in your studies, you will also learn transferable skills valued in both higher education and the world of work:
Analytical | Creative problems solving | Working independently | Research methods | Understanding how context shapes meaning | How to communicate effectively.
The analytical and creative problem solving elements of the course will support you in a range of subjects from History, English, Business or Film Studies through to Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics. Fine Art also teaches you how to learn from your experiences and work independently – skills valued by employers and higher education institutions alike.
The AQA A Level course in Fine Art lasts two years. It consists of two components:
Component 1 – Personal investigation 60% of total A Level mark. Students conduct a personal investigation based on an idea, issue or theme supported by written material. This includes written and practical elements. A trip to Barcelona is available at Easter.
Component 2 – Externally set assignment 40% of total A Level mark. Students select a starting point from eight questions set by AQA and preparatory work will take place between February and May. Students undertake 15 hours of unaided/supervised time.
Both components require students to participate actively in their course of study, recognising and developing their own strengths and sustaining their own lines of enquiry. Students are expected to complete independent research, record, photograph, experiment, evaluate and modify ideas to extend thinking and inform their own artwork. All work presented for assessment must show coverage of each of the four Assessment Objectives. There will be two assessments each year. Each component is externally moderated in June.
Once you have built up a good portfolio of work you will be ready to develop your art studies further. Many students go on to do a one year foundation course at Art College. Students then make a selection as to which degree course (BA) they would like to follow. After a degree course, they can take up jobs in a wide range of areas, from architecture to furniture design and from jewellery design to photography.
If you have any concerns or questions about the course, please look on the examination board website – www.aqa.org.uk – or contact a member of the Art Department.