Art & design

Studying Art and Design at King Solomon Academy

Why study Art and Design?

Fine Art and Design equips students with the practical tools to put their visual ideas into practice. There is a particular emphasis on drawing skills but students are introduced to a range of materials and media. Through the experience of working with a broad range of media, students can develop a high level of knowledge and skills that include critical, contextual and analytical understanding, enhancing their ability to access further or higher education or enter the workplace.

What will we study at AS?

Students will work on developing their understanding, technique and ideas over the course of the two years. They will be producing work for their final portfolios throughout the two-year course.

Students will be introduced to a variety of experiences exploring a range of fine art media, techniques and processes. Students will study historical and contemporary developments and contexts

How is our learning assessed?

AS unit 1 is portfolio of work set and marked by the centre and moderated by exam board

AS unit 2 is an externally set assignment. It is produced in supervised conditions over 5 hours and will be marked by the centre and moderated by exam board

A2 unit 3 is a personal investigation supported by written element of 1000-3000 words, set and marked by the centre and moderated by exam board.

A2 unit 4 is an externally set assignment. It is produced in timed conditions over 15 hours. Work produced will be marked by the centre and moderated by exam board

What could I do next with an A level qualification in Art and Design?

Students have the opportunity to go on to university to study Art and design. Art courses are not confined to Fine Art. Students can pursue courses and careers in Interior Design, Product Design, Fashion Design, Public Art, Jewellery Making, Ceramics, Graphic Design, Textile Design, Surface Design, Architecture, Photography, Advertising and Animation.

Which skills will I be developing through studying Art and Design?

Students will be expected to develop and later demonstrate skills from a variety of the following:

Painting and drawing

Mixed media

Sculpture

Printmaking, mono printing, Lino printing

Photography

Are there any extra-curricular opportunities to support my study of Art and Design?

There will be after school sessions to learn new techniques and develop their sketchbook. Also trips to the Tate, the National Gallery and the British Museum will take place during the course.

What are the KSA requirements for entry onto the course?

Art and Design pupils will need to secure a B in GCSE Art and Design as a minimum entry requirement.