This is a two year A-level equivalent course. There are options to study single and double A-level equivalent courses in Art, Product Design and Fashion Textiles. AS and A2 consists of one main coursework project per year contributing to a portfolio of work (coursework). There is not an ‘exam’ component to this course.
AS and A2 art students are encouraged to embark on a major project in Y12 and Y13 which is based around a design brief. In Y12 students work towards a brief which focuses on the theme of Utopia/Dystopia. In Y13 coursework centres on Hull’s Fishing Heritage. Students create visual studies and written analysis to support their chosen topic. They are expected to research and record their own personal ideas with appropriate materials and processes. Students use their own work and the work of relevant artists to explore and develop ideas for a personal response or product to meet the given brief.
AS and A2 Art & Design are assessed as follows:
Subsidiary Diploma (1 A-level equivalent) = 6 units (100% coursework)
Diploma (2 A-level equivalent) = 12 units (100% coursework)
GCSE grade C or above. Students must be hard-working, organised, committed and open to new ideas and approaches.
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A-level students are encouraged to work over an extended period of time on the development of their projects. In lessons students develop their own personal ideas, lessons are often like workshops with the teacher acting as facilitator - offering individual advice, inspiration and guidance where appropriate.
Students should always have a set of personal targets to complete – these targets are likely to be detailed on the student’s Progress Log.
Successful students need be imaginative, creative and positive. Students must be organised and prepared to work hard in their own time. Patience and peristence are key virtues, as is the ability to take criticism positively. Successful students need to be open, expressive and committed.
GCSE students are encouraged to work over an extended period of time on the development of their projects. This process is broken down into easily understood targets by the Art teacher and requires a mature and independent approach from the student in order to be successful.
Students should always have a set of personal targets to complete – these targets are likely to be detailed on the student’s Progress Log and found on the task lists in their sketchbook.
Ask your son/daughter about their artwork and their ideas. Take them to galleries and to places where they can gather photographs for their work. Provide them with materials and tools, and try to sort out a space in the house for them to study. Finally, ask to see their Progress Logs – it’s all there!
The Art Department opens its doors daily to students to come and work at break, lunchtime and after school on Tuesdays & Thursdays. We regularly arrange Saturday Workshops, sometimes inviting specialist artists to deliver a master class. There are many other opportunities to be involved more in Art such as mural painting, Rock Challenge set design and Saatchi Online (www.saatchionline.com/shtc)