Exam Board:  AQA

Qualification:  Art & Design

What are the main topics I will study for the qualification?

The qualification features a wide range of skills including Art, craft and design, Fine art, Graphic communication and Photography. Students work to their strengths and follow a skills based program of study in year 10 and use this experience to produce personal projects in year 11.

 

How will I be assessed in the subject?

Component 1:  Portfolio: A sustained project developed in response to a subject, theme, task or brief evidencing the journey from initial engagement with an idea(s) to the realisation of intentions.  This will give students the opportunity to demonstrate, through an extended creative response, their ability to draw together different areas of knowledge, skills and/or understanding from across their course of study.

Component 2:  Externally set assignment:  The externally set assignment provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate, through an extended creative response, their ability to draw together different areas of knowledge, skills and/or understanding in response to their selected starting point. The extended creative response must explicitly evidence students’ ability to draw together different areas of knowledge, skill and/or understanding from initial engagement with their selected starting point through to their realisation of intentions in the 10 hours of supervised time.

 

Am I suited to Art & Design?

The ability to draw and continue to develop drawing skills is a core part of the course.  Other skills and techniques including graphic art and digital art are also core skills which might allow a student to explore other creative responses.

          

Exam Board:  AQA

Qualification:  Photography 

What are the main topics I will study for the qualification?

Learn about lots of different styles of photography (portrait, still life, surrealism, landscape).

Learn how to use digital SLR cameras (Nikon and Pentax).

Learn how to use the manual settings (shutter speed, aperture, etc).

Learn how to use Photoshop.

Learn how to use studio equipment / lighting.

Learn about how photographers work and what the images may mean and to take inspiration.

From their work to develop your own work.

Learn how to explore and experiment with your own ideas.

 

How will I be assessed in the subject?

Component 1:  Portfolio 60%

Must include one independent extended project.

Marked out of 4 assessment objectives – 96 marks.

 

Component 2:  Externally Set Assignment 40%

Students respond to their chosen starting point from an externally set assignment paper

relating to their subject title, evidencing coverage of all four assessment objectives.

Preparatory period followed by 10 hours of supervised time.

Marked out of 4 assessment objectives – 96 marks.

 

Am I suited to Photography?

This course will suit students who have an interest in creativity and who want to pursue a career in the creative industry.  This course will enable students to go on to study an A Level in Photography or other creative subject.