Art: AS-Level and A-Level

Course Description
The course will allow candidates to thoroughly explore the potential of a range of materials, techniques and processes through investigation, experimentation and annotation. Candidates will build on knowledge gained at GCSE and, through an informed and independent course of study, be able to demonstrate individual, creative and sensitive responses to stimulus with the ability to develop and execute artistic ideas.
Research and visiting art exhibitions is vital to widen a student’s knowledge and understanding of artists for inspiring ideas for development. Students are expected to complete independent research, experimenting, evaluating and modifying ideas throughout their sketchbooks to extend thinking and inform artwork. 
 
Course Outline
Year 1 (AS Level) 100%
PCE (Personal Creative Enquiry): Candidates will produce a thoughtfully presented portfolio of work that demonstrates breadth and depth of study on the theme of DECAY. Candidates will have the opportunity to explore the themes of Organic, Urban and Human decay, exploring the work of appropriate artists, experimenting with media and presenting ideas in an exciting and individual manner. At the end of the PCE unit candidates should undertake 10 hours of unaided and supervised time devoted to the development of ideas. These can take a variety of forms, such as drawings, photographs, maquettes, models and design sheets. Prep work may lead to fully realised final pieces.
 
Year 2 (A2 Level)
Unit 1 – This is a Personal Investigation with both practical and written elements to the course of study that requires the candidate to create work based on an idea, issue, concept or theme, leading to a finished piece or pieces. Written work should be no less than 1000 words and no more than 3000 words. Both written and practical work will be marked as a single unit and links between both elements should be explicit.
 
Unit 2 - As in year 1, the second unit will be an externally set task, this time from a choice of 8 and, again, candidates are required to choose ONE as a starting point. Carefully annotated and mounted prep work will support 15 hours of unaided and supervised time during which time candidates will realise their intentions for their final piece(s)
 
Course Assessment
Year 1
PCE: Coursework portfolio 100% of the total AS Level marks
Students produce a collection of materials which exemplifies work carried out during the AS course. Students sustain work from an initial starting point to a realisation including evidence of their ability to research, develop ideas and link their work in a meaningful way to related critical/contextual materials. 
 
 
Year 2
Unit 1: Coursework portfolio–60% of the total A Level marks
Students produce a collection of materials which exemplifies work carried out during the AS course. Students sustain work from an initial starting point to a realisation including evidence of their ability to research, develop ideas and link their work in a meaningful way to related critical/contextual materials. 
Unit 2: Externally set assignment-40% of the total A Level marks - supervised 15 hours
Students select one of 8 starting points set by WJEC/Educas in February. The emphasis of this unit is the planning and development of ideas and realisation of final pieces. Students undertake 15 hours of unaided, supervised time. The work produced during the 15 hours should be devoted to the completion of a final piece or pieces.
 
Career Opportunities
Candidates who follow a course of study in Art & Design could move into interior design, illustration, costume design, fashion and textile design and ceramics to name but a few areas.
 
Progression to University
The course forms a solid base for progression to further study at foundation/degree level. Artistic observation, analytic thought processes and cultural awareness are attributes which all students can take forward and apply in future jobs, whatever their career choice.