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Qualification - BTEC Level 3
Exam Board - Pearson
WHY CHOOSE FINE ART?
In Art there is plenty of freedom for independent learning; teachers really encourage students to try new things, experiment with a range of media and take risks. It is fun and rewarding to see how your work improves and progresses.
If you are thinking about art school, then an A Level in Fine Art will help hone your skills and create a suitable portfolio.
These A Levels can also help you demonstrate skills that are valued by universities and employers alike, for example thinking laterally and creatively, and working to a brief. Other jobs that relate directly to art and photography include: architect; art restorer; graphic designer; roles in advertising, fashion design and the theatrical arts; photographer; animator; scientific illustrator.
In A Level Fine Art you will develop your practical skill and be introduced to new techniques, processes and working methods. You will develop your own areas of interest under set project themes producing evidence of recording, exploring, developing ideas and presenting a personal response.
Students have the freedom to develop coursework, have tutorials on how to use new materials and benefit from one-to-one teacher sessions about their work. Teachers also help with post A Level applications, giving advice on compiling portfolios and choosing a higher education course.
HOW YOU WILL BE ASSESSED?
COMPONENT 1 – PERSONAL INVESTIGATION
Students are required to conduct a practical investigation into an area, 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.
CONTRIBUTION TO FINAL GRADE: 60%
COMPONENT 2 - EXTERNALLY SET ASSIGNMENT
In February of Year 13, students receive an externally set paper. Students choose one question and set about producing a project in response to the theme.
COMPONENT 3 - 15 HOURS UNAIDED
Following the preparatory period, students must complete 15 hours of unaided, supervised time, (first 3 hours must be consecutive). In the 15 hours students must produce an outcome or a series of related finished outcomes, informed by their preparatory work. This time can be used to edit and manipulate photographs digitally and manually.
CONTRIBUTION TO FINAL GRADE: 40%
A minumum of five grades at 4 – 9 at GCSE, including English and Maths.In addition to at least a grade in Art at GCSE.