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Brooke Weston

Post 16 Studies

Art

The Art department offers two exciting Post 16 courses. The choice of materials is endless and the support of subject specialist teachers enables students to reach a new plethora of creativity. Creativity is fostered through exciting assignments that cater for individual interest. Students are encouraged to experiment with ideas and materials within a nurturing environment which promotes maturity. The department contains a variety of specialist equipment, including a kiln for firing ceramics, a darkroom for processing traditional black and white photography, digital SLR cameras, and a photography studio for students use.

A Level Fine Art

Exam BoardAQA
AssessmentCoursework and Examination
OverviewFour components to be studied over a two year period; two coursework units and two controlled assignments. Students will explore a number of resources, workshops and materials during the first term to give a firm basis in the techniques and expectations involved at A Level. Students are required to work in one or more area of fine art: drawing and painting; mixed media; sculpture; ceramics; printmaking; photography. The study of artists will aid understanding of the art world which will be enhanced by a trip to an art gallery which is essential. Evidence of research and development of ideas that link their work in a meaningful way to relevant critical /contextual materials are expected in their portfolio of work. Research and experimentation will culminate in the creation of a major final piece reflecting the journey they have taken through their assignment. At the end of each year, students work will be displayed in the school's annual Art exhibition open to the public.
Units studiedComponent 1: Coursework and 1000-3000 word Dissertation (60% of the total A2 marks)
Component 2: Controlled assignment (40% of the total A2 marks)
Future pathwaysThere are a wealth of career opportunities following art-based A Levels in the creative industries at higher education. Including: art therapist, interior decorator, architect, art teacher, freelance photographer, illustrator, fashion designer, gallery curator, graphic designer, layout designer, website designer, set designer, theatre designer and costume designer amongst others.

A Level Photography

Exam BoardAQA
AssessmentCoursework and Examination
OverviewFour components to be studied over a two year period; two coursework units and two controlled assignments. Students will explore a number of traditional dark room techniques and digital photography techniques during the first year to give a firm basis in the techniques and expectations involved at A Level. They will be introduced to the CS5 Photoshop suite and will produce high quality imagery through comprehensive investigations into chosen subject matters. Students are required to work in one or more areas of photography: portraiture; landscape; still life; documentary; fashion; experimental and moving image. The study of artists will aid understanding of the art world which will be enhanced by a trip to an art gallery which is essential. Evidence of research and development of ideas that link their work in a meaningful way to relevant critical /contextual materials are expected in their portfolio of work. Research and experimentation will culminate in the creation of a major final piece reflecting the journey they have taken through their assignment. At the end of each year, students work will be displayed in the school’s annual Art exhibition open to the public.
Units studied Component 1: Coursework and 1000-3000 word Dissertation (60% of the total A2 marks)
Component 2: Controlled assignment (40% of the total A2 marks)
Future pathwaysThere are a wealth of career opportunities following art-based A Levels in the creative industries at higher education. Including: art teacher, freelance photographer, fashion photographer, gallery curator, graphic designer, layout designer, website designer, set designer, art director and cinematographer amongst others.