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What is this subject about?


Art & Design A Level OCR 

The course will develop your skills in drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, digital and mixed-media through a variety of materials and techniques. Inspired by your research of other artists’ work, you will learn to develop ideas through creative thinking, problem solving and experimental work, as well as to produce refined and meaningful final outcomes. Each student will be encouraged to interpret set projects in a personal way and use visual language to sensitively and thoughtfully support their intention. 


How is the course structured and graded? 

Component 1: Personal Investigation - This is a practical investigation of a personally set theme supported by written material. You will be encouraged to develop your creativity using a range of media and scales. Many new skills will be introduced including experimental drawing and painting, sculpture and printmaking and ceramics. It is vital that the art work demonstrates clear connections with the work of historical and contemporary artists. Students will also be required to complete a short critical and contextual personal study inspired by artists of their choice, presented in both written and visual form. This will include contextual references from books, journals, websites and galleries.

Component 2: Externally Set Assignment -  This contributes to 40% of the final mark. 
You will research a selected theme set by OCR exam board and develop ideas for a final outcome in a fifteen hour timed examination at the end of the A Level year in Year 13. This contributes to 40% of the final mark.

Will this course be suitable for me?
This course is for anyone who would like to continue to develop their artistic skills and contextual knowledge of art and design from GCSE studies. Art is time consuming so it will suit students who are enthusiastic, organised and passionate about the subject.  Independent study outside of timetabled lessons is essential to underpin thorough investigation, experimentation and development of ideas leading to a final outcome.

How will you be assessed?

Work will be continually assessed using the OCR assessment objectives. Both Components are marked by your teachers and moderated by OCR examiners.

Where might it lead you? 

The course provides a basis for progression to the Foundation Diploma in Art and Design or higher education courses in fashion, product or graphic design. This subject has many transferable skills which can be applied to other careers ranging from games design to forensic scientist. Art is essential for those intending to study architecture at university.