Component 1: Personal investigation
In year 12 students will complete a Foundation stage working in different areas of fine art: drawing, painting, collage, photography, printmaking, and sculpture. This is supplemented with lessons in critical and contextual studies and trips to central London galleries. Students will develop personal responses to the theme Culture and Society. The development of ideas is documented in a sketchbook and the project culminates in an ambitious final piece.
In year 13 students develop their personal investigation further, creating work based on an idea, issue, concept or theme leading to a finished outcome or a series of related finished outcomes. Practical elements should make connections with some aspect of contemporary or past practice of artists and/or photographers and include written work of no less than 1000 and no more than 3000 words which supports the practical work.
Component 2: Externally Set Assignment
The title for the A-Level Fine Art exam project will be released in early February. Students have a period of 8-10 weeks (plus the spring half term and Easter holiday) to develop ideas through preparatory studies before spending two days in the department realising a final outcome as part of the 15 hours, controlled assessment.