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  • A Level Art & Photography Exam Success

  • Preparing to succeed in A Level Art & Photography

    Session Objectives:

    • To have a greater understanding of the course requirements and expectations

    • To have a clear understanding of the coursework and exam requirements

    • To understand the Assessment Objectives • To have a guide to important dates and deadlines • To have an opportunity to refer to exemplar

    submissions to make visual connections to the course expectations

  • STUDYING ART/PHOTOGRAPHY

    Art is a form of communication

    and expression:

    A visual language, which deals

    with the construction and

    interpretation of both personal

    and cultural meanings.

    STUDYING ART & PHOTOGRAPHY

  • Attainment in Art/Photography is achieved

    through:

    • The creative development of process

    • Production

    • Reflection

    • Evaluation

    Leading towards:

    • Skills

    • Knowledge

    • Understanding

    STUDYING ART & PHOTOGRAPHY

  • A Level students will need to demonstrate

    BREADTH and DEPTH.

    BREADTH is achieved by engagement in the

    creative process by exploring a range of ideas,

    skills and materials in order to develop their own

    visual explorations.

    DEPTH is achieved through sustained personal

    involvement in selected visual processes, resulting in significant artistic attainment.

    STUDYING ART & PHOTOGRAPHY

  • QE ART DEPARTMENT STUDENT EXPECTATIONS

    COMMITMENT / PREPARED / AMBITIOUS /

    COLLABORATIVE / PERSISTENT / INQUISITIVE / IMAGINATIVE / INDEPENDENT / PROACTIVE

    By opting to do an A Level FINE ART / PHOTOGRAPHY course students are

    making a commitment.

    We are committed to providing students with the best possible

    opportunities to develop their artistic and creative abilities.

    In return our expectation is that students will do their best at all times and work effectively to reach their potential.

  • INDEPENDENT STUDY

     A minimum of 1 hour independent study after each lesson

     Study periods should be used effectively

     A Level students are welcome to work in the art department at any time

     Students are expected to independently take

    opportunities to visit Art galleries and museums to help inform their work.

     Please note that Photography students are expected to take a minimum of one shoot each week.

     There is always the potential for extension work. This

    might be wider research, reading, personal projects, or practical experimenting with materials / camera

  • COURSE OVERVIEW AQA A LEVEL FINE ART & PHOTOGRAPHY

  • This is a practical investigation supported by written material. Which must include:

    o You are required to conduct a practical investigation, into an idea, issue,

    concept or theme, supported by written material. You must independently

    decide upon the focus of the investigation and must lead to a finished outcome or a series of related finished outcomes.

    o The investigation should be a coherent, in-depth study that demonstrates your

    ability to construct and develop a sustained line of reasoning from an initial starting point to a final realisation.

    o The investigation must show clear development from initial intentions to the final

    outcome or outcomes. It must include evidence of your ability to research and

    develop ideas and relate your work in meaningful ways to relevant critical/contextual materials.

    o The investigation must be informed by an aspect of contemporary or past practice of artists, photographers, designers or craftspeople.

    o The written material must confirm understanding of creative decisions, providing evidence of all four assessment objectives by:

     clarifying the focus of the investigation

     demonstrating critical understanding of contextual and other sources

     substantiating decisions leading to the development and refinement of ideas

     recording ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions by reflecting critically on practical work

     making meaningful connections between, visual, written and other elements.

    COMPONENT 1: PERSONAL INVESTIGATION ESSAY

  • The written material must:

     be a coherent and logically structured extended response of between

    100 and 3000 words of continuous prose

     include specialist vocabulary appropriate to the subject matter

     include a bibliography that, identifies contextual references from sources

    such as: books, journals, websites, through studies of others’ work made

    during a residency, or on a site, museum or gallery visit

     be legible with accurate use of spelling, punctuation and grammar so

    that meaning is clear

     You must identify and acknowledge sources which are not your own

    COMPONENT 1: PERSONAL INVESTIGATION ESSAY

  • The work will be progressed as in Component 1; however you will be required to work independently and under examination conditions for a final 15 hours developing outcomes.

    A LEVEL ESA Overview: Preparatory Period – from 1 February • Select one question from the exam paper • Work should be presented in any suitable format such as mounted sheets / sketchbooks

    Supervised time – 15 hours • Following the preparatory period you will complete 15 hours of unaided, supervised

    time. • In the 15 hours you must produce a finished outcome or series of related finished

    outcomes, which have been informed by your preparatory work. • You must stop work on your preparatory work as soon as the first period of supervised

    time starts. • You may refer to your preparatory work in the supervised time, but it must not be added

    to or amended. • Work should be carefully selected, presented and organised providing clear evidence of

    all four assessment objectives.

    COMPONENT 2: EXTERNALLY SET ASSIGNMENT

  • STUDYING ART/PHOTOGRAPHY

    In all of the components, students are required

    to complete all of the Assessment Objectives.

    ASSESSMENT OBJECTIVES

    AO1 Develop ideas through sustained and focused investigations

    informed by contextual and other sources, demonstrating

    analytical and critical understanding.

    AO2 Explore and select appropriate resources, media, materials,

    techniques and processes, reviewing and refining ideas as work

    develops.

    AO3 Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions,

    reflecting critically on work and progress.

    AO4 Present a personal and meaningful response that realises intentions

    and, where appropriate, makes connections between visual and other elements.

  • In summary:

    AO1 Develop ideas informed with excellent research and understanding

    RESEARCHING / COLLATING / UNDERSTANDING / ANALYSING / CONTEXT

    / INFORMED

    AO2

    Develop original work, experimenting with a range of media and techniques

    EXPERIMENT /APPLY TECHNIQUES / REVIEW / MODIFY / REFINE

    AO3 Record ideas, observations and insights at every stage

    This might include using original imagery, text, drawings, audio/film recording...

    RELEVANCE / REFLECTIVE / COMPARE / CONTRAST

    AO4

    Produce personal, informed and meaningful work that you care about and can fully justify

    PERSONAL / INDIVIDUAL / REALISE INTENTIONS / HOLISTIC UNDERSTANDING / COHESION

  • A guide to important dates and deadlines

    Year 1 Year 12: Component 1

    Sep - Feb Workshops to develop skills and techniques

    Feb – June Pre-Personal Investigation

    June – July Commence Component 1 Personal Investigation – Main Project Year 13 Entrance Exams

    July – Sept Component 1 Observational drawing and artists research / analysis

    Ist draft of essay

    Year 2 Year 13 Component 1

    Sep – Oct Development and Preliminary Outcome

    2nd Draft of Essay

    Nov – Dec Continued development & Refined & Highly Developed Outcome

    Mock exam days

    Essay Complete

    Jan – Feb Resolve project & Ambitious & High Quality Outcome

    Year 13 Externally Set Assignment

    Feb – May Completion of preparatory work for exam

    April – May 15 hour exam

    May Component 1&2 internally marked and moderated

    June AQA External Moderation

    July Celebration of Creativity Evening

    August Results

  • Student Support

    • ACCESS TO THE ART DEPARTMENT – Before & After school, at lunchtimes as well as study periods

    • SHARED RESOURCES – Saved on the MACs in shared temporary

    - Support Sheets

    - Checklists

    - Personal Learning Checklists (My PLC)

    - A Level Handbook

    • EXAMPLAR WORK ON DISPLAY AND SHARED DURING LESSONS

    • TEACHER SUPPORT & FEEDBACK

  • A Level Art & Photography Students need to be:

    • COMMITTED & HARDWORKING

    - for the entire course

    • ORGANISED & PREPARED

    - for each lesson and in the meeting of all deadlines

    • INDEPENDENT, PROACTIVE, INQUISITIVE & PERSIS