A Level Fine Art
Exam Board: OCR Specification
All students follow the ‘Fine Art’ 2 year A Level course. This is a broad-based, exciting and challenging course that is individually tailored to the strengths and interests of each student. Experimentation is encouraged and the faculty presents the opportunity to work in a wide variety of media including collage, printmaking, textiles, mixed media and sculpture, as well as more traditional painting and drawing. Facilities are excellent with each student given a permanent studio space in which to work.
Exams and Assessment
Throughout the two year course students produce a personal portfolio (Personal Investigation) of work, based on a theme of their choice. In addition a ‘Related Study’ is undertaken, preferably related to the student’s coursework. It may be historical, philosophical, technical or physiological in theme. It is presented in both written and visual form. There is a final externally set exam. As the assessment objectives are very similar to those at GCSE, and the course is an extension from this foundation, it is assumed that those taking A Level have Art GCSE
Unit One: Personal Investigation
For this unit you are required to use personal starting point(s) to produce a major project that shows you working through a range of art and design experiences. You will include a study related to your coursework theme, of between 1000 and 3000 words. Marks – 60%
Unit Two: Externally Set Exam
From an early release paper you will choose one starting point. During the initial planning and preparation stage you will demonstrate an ability to record, plan and develop ideas and complete a final response under controlled conditions in 15 hours. Marks – 40%
Teachers and Teaching
Teaching is structured initially, with the students undertaking a series of short, intensive, skills-based briefs. A personal syllabus is then designed based on each student’s talent and personal sphere of interest.
The department organises at least one trip to a gallery or museum per academic year, to support the course. Whilst it is not compulsory it is recommended that all should attend as it provides important resources for students.
University Courses and Careers
The Fine Art ‘A’ Level is well respected, valued and admissible A Level for all degree courses. Career opportunities include: Artist, illustration, design, marketing, set design and all aspects of the creative arts.