Head of Department: Ms C Gander
What will I study?
Students work on four key areas of study. All projects undertaken follow these objectives, these aim to give students the opportunity to take ownership over their work & study the subject in great depth.
- Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions as work progresses This area will predominantly look at developing skills in observational drawings and photography.
- Develop ideas through investigations, demonstrating critical understanding of sources. Here students will be taught how to look at Art works in greater depth, understanding the context in which the work has been produced. Students will develop skills in critically analysing their own work and the work of others.
- Refine work by exploring ideas, selecting and experimenting with appropriate media, materials, techniques and processes. All students will be exposed to a range of different methods to create their outcomes. They will be exposed to and guided through and variety of materials, understanding how to manipulate these to create exciting and challenging outcomes
- Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions as work progresses Students will be given the opportunity to create outcomes which are a culmination of skills taught and experiments undertaken throughout their projects.
How will I be assessed
60% portfolio assessment and 40% externally set task. This is the equivalent of 2 sketchbooks of work and 2 final pieces for the portfolio assessment and a further sketchbook and final piece, created under exam conditions, for the externally set task’
Anything else I need to know
Art requires: Clear and accurate written communication; Investigative and analysis skills; Relentless drive to improve and develop work; Good understanding of aesthetics & practical skills; Ability to work safely on your own and with others; Having an enthusiasm for creating artworks. The course provides an excellent route into A Level Art and other Level 3 courses in, Creative and Media. Further progression post-18 will lead to careers in architecture, photography, textiles & fashion, car design, layout artist, Interior designer, jewellery designer, gallery curator, logo designer, illustrator, set designer, cartoonist, toy designer, furniture designer, Art therapist, film editor, auctioneer, video game artist, dressmaker, tailor! Students contemplating any practically based hands-on learning course can benefit from studying Art. Many art based college courses will not consider students who have not studied this foundation level qualification.