Art A level
‘As practice makes perfect, I cannot but make progress; each drawing one makes, each study one paints, is a step forward.’ – Vincent van Gogh
AS and A Level Arts, Crafts & Photography is taught weekly to Key Stage 5 pupils during single and double lessons. The Art & Design classrooms are located in Kidwelly House and are furnished with specialist equipment and facilities. The course is a natural progression from GCSE, building on pupils’ previous experiences while providing greater scope, challenge and stimulation. The course provides opportunities to pursue personal interests and is flexible and varied enough to do so no matter where pupils wish to take their learning: photography, textiles, 3D design, digital design, fine art, craft, or graphic communication. Whatever their interest, pupils will find A-Level Art to be exciting and fulfilling.
It is essential that pupils have studied GCSE Art, achieving a C grade or above. The A-Level course requires pupils to have a genuine passion for the subject and be prepared to demonstrate their full commitment, completing additional hours of study and practice in their own time.
AS and A Level Arts, Crafts & Photography consists of three successive units, contributing to the overall grade.
The units are delivered over a two-year period and cover a range of processes and techniques. The Art Department provides facilities for ceramics, printing, painting and drawing, design work, 3D work and textiles.
Completed in pupils’ first year, Unit 1 is a Portfolio of work with a focus selected by the candidate. Where this differs from GCSE study is in the depth and detail of response required, particularly in terms of the integration of critical, practical and theoretical work. Unit 2 and Unit 3 are completed in the second year of the course. Unit 2 comprises of a second portfolio (again, the subject matter is at the pupils’ discretion and must consider critical, practical and theoretical perspectives) and a written commentary, analysing the work through the use of specialist terminology. Unit 3 is an assignment set by the exam board, comprising a preparatory period followed by 15 hours of sustained focus work.
How is work assessed?
This specification provides pupils with opportunities to develop a broad foundation of critical, practical and theoretical skills at AS level, which offers learners a holistic understanding of a range of practices and contexts in the visual arts, crafts and design fields, culminating in greater specialism and achievement at A level. Click here for more detail on the assessment >>
Where does it lead?
We study Art because you can try out a wide variety of disciplines that can lead to a broad range of careers, such as architect, artist, illustration, textile/fashion designer, 3D/product designer, news/sports photographer, landscape designer, graphic designer, fine artist, forensic/police photographer, ceramicist, picture editor, performing artist, computer graphic/game design, cartoonist, animator, interior designer, set designer, painter, web designer, advertising, printer.
Many pupils will find the study of Art invaluable in improving their confidence, understanding processes and appreciating the work of others. AS and A-Level Arts, Crafts and Photography is also essential for the further study of the subject at Degree level.
Think Like an Artist by Will Gompertz
Ways of Seeing by John Berger
The Story of Art by EH Gombrich