A level students are introduced to a variety of experiences employing a range of media, processes and techniques through workshop style lessons that will contribute towards their portfolio and development of skills. As the course progresses each student will form a chosen area of study which will develop as their Main portfolio. This will be confirmed and outlined in collaboration with each student after February half term each year.
To really enable students to achieve highly they must make sure they commit as much homework time or ‘free’ time to this subject as they do to all the others. They will be required to investigate various forms of art from around the world by frequently visiting local art galleries and when it permits exhibitions further afield. Master and degree shows at local universities are a fantastic source of influence and creativity which each student should also try to attend. All the above research will support them when writing their 2500-3000 word personal study which accompanies their practical portfolio on submission in January of Year 13.
How students present this is up to them and suggestions will come from their teachers but also the AQA Specification for art. As we have our own darkroom and access to lots of photography equipment we would also encourage students to attend A Level photography club each week.
There is no restriction on the scale of work produced. Students should carefully select, organise and present work to ensure that they provide evidence of meeting all four assessment objectives. All the work submitted for this component will be marked as a whole. Students must identify and acknowledge sources which are not their own.
During the summer term of year 12 all students will be given a mock exam paper. This will be treated as if it was the real thing giving students around 3 months to plan and prepare a body of work and allowing them 5 hrs to show an intended response. This will be marked as per AQA guidelines to give students a realistic overview of their performance.
Year 13 students should build upon the knowledge, understanding and skills gained in Year 12 with greater depth of study.
Pupils are encouraged to sketch every week keeping a personal A5 journal of notes and drawings as this is an integral part of their personal development and will improve their overall grades. During the autumn term of Year 13 students will hand in a draft of their 2500-3000 words by the end of November.
Once this assessment has taken place a final hand in of all portfolio work, fully presented MUST be with teaching staff in the Art department no later than 20th January.
How will your son be assessed at A level?
Component 1: Personal investigation
No time limit • 96 marks • 60% of A-level Non-exam assessment
This is a practical investigation supported by written material. Students are required to conduct a practical investigation, into an idea, issue, concept or theme, supported by written material. The focus of the investigation must be identified independently by the student and must lead to a finished outcome or a series of related finished outcomes. The investigation should be a coherent, in-depth study that demonstrates the student’s ability to construct and develop a sustained line of reasoning from an initial starting point to a final realisation. The investigation must show clear development from initial intentions to the final outcome or outcomes. It must include evidence of the student’s ability to research and develop ideas and relate their work in meaningful ways to relevant critical/contextual materials. The investigation must be informed by an aspect of contemporary or past practice of artists, photographers, designers or craftspeople.
Component 2: Response externally set assignment
Preparatory period + 15 hours supervised
• 96 marks • 40% of A-level Non-exam assessment
Separate question papers will be provided for each title.
Each question paper will consist of a choice of eight questions to be used as starting points. Students are required to select one.
Students will be provided with examination papers on 1 February, or as soon as possible after that date. Preparatory period – from 1 February following receipt of the paper students should consider the starting points and select one. Preparatory work should be presented in any suitable format, such as mounted sheets, design sheets, sketchbooks, workbooks, journals, models and Marquette’s. Supervised time – 15 hours following the preparatory period, students must complete 15 hours of unaided, supervised time.
In the 15 hours students must produce a finished outcome or a series of related finished outcomes, informed by their preparatory work. Students must stop work on their preparatory work as soon as the first period of supervised time starts. Students may refer to their preparatory work in the supervised time, but it must not be added to or amended. Preparatory work and the work produced in the supervised time must be kept secure in between sessions of supervised time. The work produced during the supervised time must be clearly identified as such.
Students must identify and acknowledge sources which are not their own. Annotation and/or notes should use appropriate specialist vocabulary and be legible with accurate use of language so that meaning is clear. At the end of the 15 hours of supervised time all the work submitted for this component must be kept secure. Preparatory work and the work produced during the 15 hours of supervised time will be assessed together, as a whole, against all four assessment objectives. Students will be assessed on their ability to work independently, working within the specified time constraints, and developing a personal and meaningful response. There is no restriction on the scale of work produced. Students should carefully select, organise and present work to ensure that they provide evidence which meets the requirements of all four assessment objectives. The guidelines set out in the JCQ document ‘Instructions for the conduct of examinations’ must be followed.
How could you support your son to learn during year 12&13?
The AQA Art Specification
Useful resources on AQA
Art Education UK www.arteducation.co.uk Wide range of resources for teachers Artcyclopedia
www.artcylopedia.com An index of 6000 artists and related sites Artlex Visual Arts Dictionary www.artlex.com A comprehensive dictionary containing definitions of more than 3000 art terms, along with illustrations, pronunciation notes and quotations The Art Works www.theartworks.co.uk The Bridge www.digital-collaborations.co.uk
Useful link to the work of contemporary artists Comprehensive Guide to Museums, Galleries and Exhibitions in the UK www.artguide.org/ Contextual References www.masters-of-photography.com Many useful contextual references and links. The Design Museum www.designmuseum.org/design/ MOCA: Museum of Computer Art www.donarcher.com/moca Promoting computer art in its many forms, current exhibitions and archiving the work of leading artists in the field National Grid for Learning www.ngflgov.uk National Society for Education in Art and Design
www.nsead.org/ Extensive library of resources for art teachers Official
ks.co.uk Search Engines
www.dogpile.com www.google.co.uk Good search engines for image searches Teacher Resource