Art - Key Stage 5

Art and Design EDEXCEL AS/A2: 8030/9030

AS/A2 Art and Design requires commitment and independent thinking which can be beneficial in a wide range of career choices. Candidates need to possess a lively enquiring mind and creative understanding in order to pursue projects and work individually on their ideas.

The course syllabus is intended to form a part of an educational continuum that progresses naturally from GCSE but also accommodates those students studying art for the first time. It is designed to meet the needs of a wide range of candidates, including those who will take up further studies in art and design for relevant careers but also those that will take up courses where creativity is important. Careers in which art and design are important include: architecture, interior design, fashion and textiles, jewellery design, fine art, graphic design, photography, history of art, illustration, 3-D design, theatre and costume, media studies, advertising, publishing and museum/restoration work.

The art and design facilities include two general purpose art studios for fine art and mixed media work alongside specialist facilities for ceramic and sculpture.

At Doha College a general art and design syllabus is offered called Fine Art which allows the students to initially explore a wide range of skills and techniques and specialise in the A2 year.

The current specialist areas covered at AS & A2 are Fine Art and Photography & Digital Media.

AS Fine Art

Unit 1 Coursework: Metaphysical

Students initially explore concepts of mark-making and drawing from direct observation. They experiment with a range of media to produce a series of outcomes in both two and three-dimensional materials. Painting and drawing, printmaking, mixed media, and digital media are covered. In the second half of the unit the students develop their initial exploratory work, linking the outcome to a central theme. Currently, the theme is covert & obscured. They are introduced to artists and designers and are encouraged to develop strong links with their own work. All students maintain a journal to support their ideas and development.

Unit 2 Exam: Externally Set Assignment

Students work from a question paper provided by the exam board each year usually in the spring term. They have a block of time to complete preparation studies and follow this by producing an 8-hour final outcome under exam conditions in a medium of their own choice

A2 Fine Art

Unit 3 Coursework: Practical Work and Personal Study

In this unit the students develop their initial exploratory work, linking the outcome to the theme Inside /Outside/Inbetween. Students are encouraged to select their own area of specialist study, selecting appropriate source material. Within this theme they produce a series of experimental exploratory studies leading to a sustained final outcome in a medium of their choice. To accompany the practical work they produce a written study of 3,000 words as an illustrated journal or PowerPoint/digital presentation.

Unit 4 Exam: Externally Set Assignment

Students work from a question paper provided by the exam board each year usually in the spring term. They have a block of time to complete preparation studies and follow this by producing a 12-hour final outcome under exam conditions in a medium of their own choice.

AS Photography & Digital Media

Entry Requirements

As with all AS and A levels the most important requirements for success are commitment and enthusiasm. We do not expect you to have practical experience in photography but if you are a creative person and have an interest in the visual world and media this course could be for you. Please be aware that there is much written work and plenty of research and experimentation to be undertaken. The course is not just about taking photographs.

What is Photography?

Photography has an increasingly important role to play in the modern world with many industrial and commercial applications. It is one of the most effective methods of communication and is a powerful medium for the presentation and exchange of ideas, whether in such areas as marketing, advertising or photo-journalism. This, together with its potential as an art form in its own right, and the continued development of new techniques, including digital imaging, makes it an excellent area for study. If you are interested in photography, even though you may never have studied it before, and wish to develop your skills through practical hands on experience, then this course could be for you. Many students find photography a refreshing and challenging area of study that gives you the opportunity to gain a good AS or A level grade in a subject you enjoy.

Is Photography suitable for me?

For many students photography becomes an obsession! Many students find the practical nature of the course fascinating. But don’t forget you will also have to document technical information and critically analyse your practical project work in your work journals, researching and exploring the work of other photographers and artists.

How will I learn?

Whilst most lessons will be practical you will also be studying and discussing the work of other artists and photographers looking at photographic imagery and other visual reference material. You will work on a series of projects each lasting from 3 to 5 weeks and each introducing you to new processes and different topics. Sufficient basic and specialist equipment is available for use during the course although you may find it advantageous to have access to a digital SLR camera in order to expand learning and to pursue work outside college.

Unit 2 Exam: Externally Set Assignment

Including an 8 hour controlled test (20% of A Level).

Unit 4 Exam: Externally Set Assignment

Including an 12 hour controlled test (20% of A Level).

Each assessed unit will include developmental work and research completed in a work journal together with high quality finished outcome photographs. These can be presented on a final board, in a book and as a digital slide show.

The 3000 word personal study will be a written and illustrated piece of research on a photography related topic of your own choosing.