Fine Art Curriculum

Fine Art runs for GCSE and Sixth Form students (Years 10, 11, 12 and 13). Please see Art and Design for details of the course taught during Year 9.

Click on the links below to jump to a particular Year Group:

 

Year 10 (exam board: AQA) 

Autumn Term
Students will develop their understanding of the formal elements of art and design. They will explore analyse and research the theme as part of unit one Portfolio (60% of GCSE). Contextual work will include research on contemporary artists.

Spring Term
Students will embark on the research aspect of their second themed project based on either Lost and Found or Structures (portfolio).

Summer Term
Students continue to develop their second project through design ideas and experimentation (portfolio).

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Year 11 (exam board: AQA)

Autumn Term
Students will build on their portfolio of work, focusing on the development of a final piece for project two.

Spring Term
Students will embark on their (approx 9-week) preparation period for their unit 2 project of work which is externally set by AQA. This is finalised by a 10-hour exam during which they will produce a final outcome. The exam will make up 40% of their overall grade. Students will hand in their preparatory work at the start of the 10 hour period (they will be allowed to refer to this work during the exam period).

Summer Term
Finally, students will revisit their portfolio work to complete and refine for deadline (Friday 27 April 2018). 

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Year 12 (exam board: AQA)

Year one of a two-year linear A Level (AQA GCE Art and Design – Fine Art)

Autumn Term
Students will develop their skills through observational drawing, technique building and printmaking inspired by natural forms.

Spring Term
Students will focus and expand their investigations and explorations towards a more individual thematic enquiry around the title ‘Elements’. They will develop their understanding of sketchbook processes via contextual studies and responding to the work of artists and designers.

Summer Term
Extended development work in which they will realise their intentions in the form of a final outcome or final outcomes.

In the second half of the term students will begin their formal Unit 1 work which will contribute to their assessed portfolio in Year 13. This will be a Personal Investigation project with students deciding the theme.

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Year 13

Year two of a two-year linear A Level (AQA GCE Art and Design – Fine Art)

Autumn Term
Students will build on prior knowledge gained in Year 12 and work on a contextual unit of work, researching the work of other artists and designers and art movements. Students must plan and deliver their own self-directed project supported by teachers through one to one tutorials. Students must be self-motivated and explore ideas in a way that makes the project personal to them. They will make visual and written responses in connection with their research and develop their own comprehensive theme from this.

Spring Term
Students will continue to use analytical techniques and apply them when completing a final outcome, which will be supported by a 1000-word synopsis (60% of the overall marks).

On 1 February, all students will be issued an exam paper with approximately 7 starting points. Students must select one of these and complete preparatory work, ensuring they undertake contextual research, visual research and development work for their final exam (40% of the overall marks).

Summer Term
Students will sit their 15-hour final exam (over 3 days), they will conclude their assignment from start to finish under exam conditions. Students will hand in their preparatory work at the start of the 15 hour period (they will be allowed to refer to this work during the exam period). Students will then present a final exhibition in early May 2018.

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