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Subject LeaderMrs R Mourino Advanced Level

Art and Design



Why study Photography?

The main purpose of an Art and Design course is to develop students’ ability to engage with the visual world and respond in personal and creative ways. Whilst studying Art and Design at Holcombe Grammar School you will develop a variety of skills and a working knowledge of materials, practices, and technology in different disciplines such digital photography, mixed-media, film and darkroom techniques. You will develop your imaginative and creative powers as well as experiment and analyse developing a deeper understanding of art and design in past and present times. A typical Art and Design student is independent able to understand how to build on previous knowledge as well as having a growth mind set


Fine Art


How will you be assessed?

Component 1:  Portfolio. 60% of the A Level.

Component 2:  Externally set assignment.  40% of the A Level

What will you study?  
Year 12 – Foundation Skills During terms 1-3 students will learn and extend a number of skills using a wide variety of materials. Both Photography and Fine Art students will have the same starting point from which they will explore sources and techniques. Work will mostly be sketchbook based.
Year 12 – Component 1 (coursework personal Investigation) Students will decide on their own Personal Investigation project title, this is an individual process. Building on skills learnt during their foundation terms students will develop ideas using sources.
Year 13 – Component 1 Students will continue to develop and refine ideas both in and out of their sketchbooks. Through 1-2-1 tuitions students will extend their ideas and will research and develop work independently to produce a personalised journal and series of outcomes. Students will also produce an extended essay supporting the sketchbook work.
Year 13 – Component 2 Externally set assignment. Students will have a choice of titles and will have approximately 12 weeks to develop a project with the final piece/s being produced during 15 hours of supervised time. This unit makes up 40% of the A Level.
What will Art & Design offer you in the future?

Many students, after completing their A level in Art and Design move on to complete a foundation course before moving onto a creative degree of their choice. Future careers are wide and varied but could include: Advertising, marketing, graphic and motion design, game design, multimedia artist, photojournalism, film making as well as different avenues of Photography including fashion as well as commercial. The study of Art and Design can also help you to develop transferable skills that you can take into any career.