At Dunottar we offer four Art A Level subjects. Pupils can select one or more of these options to study at A level. The assessment objectives and criteria are the same for all of the different Art titles.
If you are considering any sort of practical career in the creative industries, A Level Art is vital. If you intend to do any Art based degree, be it Architecture, Fine Art, Graphics, Photography or Fashion an Art A Level is the main means by which you produce a portfolio of work; an entry requirement for all Art & Design based courses. It is a practical as well as an academic subject which will further develop your technical skills, it will expand your creativity and imagination; key elements of the course are personal development and independent learning.
Career opportunities leading from Art, Craft & Design are numerous; the creative industries are amongst the largest growing and most economically successful industries within the United Kingdom. There are many exciting future applications for the knowledge and skills gained via Art A Level; these include set design, animation, video game design, graphic design, web design, advertising, architecture, exhibit design, special effects for film, illustration, product design, furniture design, journalism, museum curator, stage and film makeup, textile and fashion design, photographer, art dealer, concept artist, art historian or logo designer to name but a few.
All of the arts subjects are a mechanism for the visual exploration of ideas, meanings and feelings at a personal level and also in the wider context of the social, historical and cultural connections. The area of study is broad enough to enable you to explore and develop your understanding of formal elements in a variety of media. As an Art & Design student you will endeavour to work independently, having the freedom to develop and communicate meaning through exploration and experimentation. You will be expected to research and record ideas thoroughly in order to develop informed opinions and critical judgments about your own work and those of other artists.
Students develop a high command of recording techniques through the expressive use of materials and processes. Structured sessions at the start of the course provide a solid foundation in observational drawing and use of processes. Coursework is based on a theme selected by the student, such as ‘collections’, with sustained visual research underlying your personal responses.
Initially pupils work on a series of technical and material based short projects to enable them to develop their skills and understand the formal elements as a means of creating their own visual language through experimentation. Pupils then work on a ‘personal investigation’ and select a focused, related aspect of art, fine art or photography.
• Unit 1 – coursework/personal investigation (60%)
• Unit 2 – externally set (40%)