Art and Design

Why study Art & Design?

A level Art & Design will give you the opportunity to develop observational skills, organisational ability, and good communication and research skills. It also fosters a willingness to experiment and ‘think outside the box’ as well as an ability to evaluate and analyse.

The Art & Design (Fine Art) course encourages a broad approach which allows students to develop experience in a number of areas while still exploring the subject in depth. It is a rigorous and challenging A level, which fits well both as a complement to other arts and humanities subjects, and also as a contrast to science subjects. This course provides an excellent grounding which can lead to further study at foundation diploma or degree level. Related career paths may include architecture, museum curation, photography, film making, television, graphic design, illustration, theatre design, interior design, fashion, textile design, art education, art therapy, to name just a few…

Throughout the course, students will develop their intellectual, imaginative, creative, communicative and intuitive powers. They will engage in sustained areas of study gaining an understanding of the inter-relationships between art, craft and design processes and an awareness of the contexts in which they operate.   Through so doing, they will gain independence of mind in relation to developing their own ideas and realising their own intentions. These transferable skills, which are encouraged and developed during A level Art & Design, apply to virtually all subjects and career paths.

If you have thoroughly enjoyed Art & Design at GCSE level and are keen to extend your knowledge, skills and creativity, we would recommend this subject.

Heads of Department: Mr S Huson (Girls), Mr M Peake (Boys)

Course content

Board: OCR    A level Syllabus Code: (Fine Art) H601

Personal investigation
Students will be able to study in depth an aspect of the visual arts that is of particular interest to them. This study can be presented in a number of  different forms but must relate to the skills and knowledge acquired during term 1. It will also include a related study: an extended response of a guided minimum of 1000 words. This unit comprises 60% of the full A level qualification.

Extended set task

Students will respond to a question set by OCR. An early release paper will be sent to the centre and pupils will conduct visual research over a set period of time (approximately 8 weeks) leading to a 15-hour practical examination. This unit comprises 40% of the full A level qualification.

Method of assessment

As studio coursework progresses, it will be informally marked by Art and Design department teachers to provide guidance and direction for students.

Units 1 and 2 will be internally marked by Art and Design department teachers and moderated by a visiting OCR moderator.