Art and Design is a stimulating and demanding area of study.
It combines practical work with academic skills.
This is a stimulating, demanding and exciting subject that combines practical work with academic skills and art theory. Studying this subject gives you the opportunity to focus on your own areas of interest within visual arts, producing practical and contextual critical work in one or more areas of study, which could include the following:
- Mixed media
You will be introduced to a variety of experiences that employ a range of traditional and new media, and processes and techniques appropriate to your desired area of study. Knowledge of art, craft and design will be developed through research, the development of ideas and practical work. You will develop a firm understanding of how ideas, feelings and meanings can be conveyed and interpreted in images and artefacts.
60% portfolio/personal investigation and 40% externally set assignments.
Component 1 (60% of total AS grade):
In Component 1, you will develop work based on a given theme leading to a finished outcome or series of related finished outcomes. In doing so, you will learn practical drawing and painting skills, how to develop and realise ideas; and, how to research artists and integrate them into your coursework.
Component 2 (40% of total AS grade):
Component 2 is an externally set assignment with in which you will respond to one from a list of themes provided by AQA. Here, you will produce work which provides evidence of your ability to work independently within specified time constraints, developing a personal and meaningful response which addresses all the assessment objectives and leads to a finished outcome or series of related finished outcomes.
Component 3 (60% of total A2 grade):
In Component 3, you will develop work based on an idea, issue, concept or theme leading to a finished outcome or series of related finished outcomes. Your practical element will make clear connections with some aspects of contemporary or past practice of artists and include written work of no less than 1000 and no more than 3000 words which support your practical work.
Component 4 (40% of total A2 grade):
In Component 4, as in Component 2, you will respond to stimulus provided by AQA, to produce work which provides evidence of your ability to work independently within specified time constraints, developing a personal and meaningful response which addresses all the assessment objectives and leads to a finished outcome or series of related finished outcomes.
All 4 components consist of practical work that is assessed upon completion of a portfolio of coursework. Exams occur in Components 2 and 4, and involve the creation of finished outcomes within a set number of hours under supervised examination conditions.
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