Art & Design AS/A2 AQA
Why choose Art & Design?
Visual images are everywhere and they influence the way in which we see the world. AS/A2 Art and Design will provide you with both the practical and academic skills to understand how art shapes our experiences and thinking.
What can I expect to learn?
You will explore a range of two and three dimensional media, processes and techniques including: drawing, painting, sculpture, mixedmedia, textiles and digital photography. You should expect to learn how to develop and create personal responses to ideas, observations, experiences, environments and cultures.
How will I learn?
This is a largely practical course; you learn by doing. During the first year you will produce a portfolio of coursework and for the externally-set assignment you will create ideas in response to one of the five different starting points you will be given. In the second year you will create a more in-depth coursework portfolio which will include a 1000-3000 word essay and you will complete another externally-set assignment.
How will I be assessed?
In the first year your coursework accounts for 50% of the AS mark and the externally-set assignment accounts for the other 50% (together 50% of your A Level). The second year is exactly the same, with 25% of the A Level marks awarded for your coursework and the externallyset assignment accounts for the other 25%.
What subjects combine well with Art & Design?
Art and Design can be taken with virtually any subject. Many students combine it with humanities, the social sciences or with media but it can also be taken alongside science based subjects. Developing and encouraging your creative side can help you to have great ideas in the other subjects you choose.
Where does this lead? What can I do next?
Art and Design AS/A2 Level is an acknowledged academic qualification. It will provide a foundation for further study of Art and Design or related subjects in Higher Education. The study of art can lead to a range of careers in areas such as fine art, advertising, fashion design, product design, illustration, photography, theatre and the media, to name just a few.
What background, skills and achievements do I need?
A minimum of a grade C in GCSE Art and Design together with a genuine interset in art. Studentsshould also have good practical skills and a willingness to take advice and positive criticism.
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