S6 AS Art

"I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it". (Pablo Picasso)

The AS Level course is ideally suited to those pupils who have gained an A or B pass in GCSE Fine Art, and are interested in pursuing a career in Art and Design. This one year course will provide you with suitable material necessary for a portfolio. You will be introduced to a variety of experiences that explore a range of fine art media, processes and techniques, and will be made aware of both traditional and new media. An opportunity will be given for you to explore the use of drawing for different purposes, using a variety of methods and media on a variety of scales. Strong use of sketchbooks will be used to underpin your work. Exploration of relevant images, artefacts and resources relating to a range of art, craft and design, from the past and from contemporary times will be integral to the investigating and making processes. Your responses to these examples must be shown through practical and critical activities which demonstrate your understanding of different styles, genres and traditions.

The AS Level courses will encourage you to develop:

  • intellectual, imaginative, creative and intuitive powers;
  • investigative, analytical, experimental, practical, technical and expressive skills, aesthetic understanding and critical judgement;
  • independence of mind in relation to developing your own ideas, refining your own intentions and personal outcomes;
  • an interest in, enthusiasm for and enjoyment of art, craft and design;
  • the experience of working with a broad range of media, including traditional and new media and technologies;
  • an understanding of the interrelationships between art, craft and design processes and an awareness of the contexts in which they operate;
  • experience of working within relevant and real frameworks and, where appropriate, to make links to the creative industries;
  • knowledge, understanding and application of art, craft, design and media and technologies in contemporary and past societies and cultures;
  • an awareness of different roles, functions, audiences and consumers of art, craft and design practice.

Assessment Objectives will measure how you have achieved the following assessment objectives:
AO1: Develop ideas through sustained and focused investigations informed by contextual and other
sources, demonstrating analytical and critical understanding.
AO2: Explore and select appropriate resources, media, materials, techniques and processes,
reviewing and refining ideas as work develops.
AO3: Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions, reflecting critically on work and
AO4: Present a personal and meaningful response that realises intentions and, where appropriate,
makes connections between visual and other elements.

You will also be required to explore drawing using a variety of methods and media on a variety of scales; sketchbooks/workbooks/journals should be used to underpin your work where appropriate.

Areas of Study
You will be required to work in one or more area(s) of Fine Art, such as those listed below, and may explore overlapping areas and combinations of areas.

  • painting and drawing
  • mixed media, including collage and assemblage
  • sculpture
  • printmaking
  • photography

AS Level Award
Component 1 : Portfolio - Non-exam Assessment
This is a Portfolio of work set and marked by the centre and moderated by AQA.
60% of AS, no time limit, 96 marks.

Component 2 : Externally Set Assignment
Exam Papers distributed 1st February 2017
Supervised Exam time of 10 hours.
Work produced will be marked by the centre and moderated by AQA.
40% of AS, 96 marks.
Both components are exhibited within the school and are centre-assessed then moderated by an external Moderator.