The Howard School | Sixth Form Prospectus

Art & Design A-Level Fine Art

Subject Fine Art

Exam Board AQA Specification Numbers

7202(c) 7201(x)

7202(x) 7201(c)

Teachers Responsible

S Williams, L Bassant

Introduction Students will have the opportunity to choose between the three disciplines: Fine Art, Art Craft and Design or 3D Design

Students will have the experience of working towards an interchangeable Fine Art or Sculptural brief where they will learn how to use 3D materials such as clay and plaster and investigate different methods and techniques using drawing and painting to successfully communicate a concept. After the initial brief, students will decide which discipline to study. This is a two year linear course with two components: 1. A practical ‘Personal Investigation’ into a specific area of the Arts with an academic written related study (60% of your final grade) 2. An externally set exam (structured around the skills, knowledge and understanding developed throughout the course) with an ‘early release’ question paper giving you time to fully prepare for the final practical exam at the end of the course (40% of your final grade) This Art & Design qualification is the ‘gateway’ option to a career in the Creative Industries, entry to the University of the Creative Arts, and provides valuable UCAS points for other Higher Education Degrees. The wide ranging portfolio that you are required to produce to gain a high grade in Art & Design is the ideal portfolio to gain entry into higher education. After that, a career into any one of the Creative Industries; one of the UK’s fastest growing industries and currently around 9.4% of the UK’s GDP. 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. Graphic design, web & app development, film and animation, set and model design for TV, film and theatre, special effects, architecture and interior design, gaming design, publishing, journalism, fashion and textile design, 3D design, branding, packaging design, text design, editorial, interactive design, advertising.

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How You Are Assessed

Links to Future Careers

Entry Requirement Grade 4 in Art & Design or Fine Art

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