Component 1: Coursework and Personal Investigation
Unit 1: The Human Condition (portraiture project)
This unit is designed to develop skill and understanding. It deals with the relationship between practice / working knowledge of materials and techniques and contextual understanding- how and why a work is successful. The emphasis is on process as part of an analytical mind-set.
Unit 2: Personal Investigation
This unit develops a much stronger combination of theory and practice. Students are expected to develop their practical skills independently in a personal way while fully contextualising its progress. Students explore an aspect of art in a reasoned and well thought out essay.
This essay / dissertation can consist of
- An exhibition / visual display of images collected or produced by the student with a written text (minimum 1000 words)
- A study in book form, which may include images produced by the student, and a written text (between 1000 to 3000 words)
- A presentation on CD or DVD with a text (minimum 1000 words)
This part of the course is very demanding and requires a mature and dedicated approach. The work has a similar methodology, but the approach is very independent.
Unit 2: Personal Investigation completed
The written component and the practical component completed
(60% of the qualification)
Component 2: Externally Set Assignment / Exam
Unit 3: Externally set assignment / Exam
Sketchbook / preparation and exam work - final timed outcome.
of the qualification)
Students receive an AQA examination paper in January, this has 8 questions / starting points, students choose one to pursue as an extended project. There is a preparation period (approximately 10 weeks) followed by the 15hr exam (completed in late April or early May).