A Level Art and Design

 

AS Level

MPW approach to AS study

Art & Design is a form of communication and a means of expressing ideas and feelings. It is especially concerned with developing the complex mental processes involved in visual perception and aesthetic experiences. Students are taught to improve both their technical skills and draftsmanship, as well as developing their ideas and concepts. Art & Design complements a wide range of other subjects and involves the development of knowledge, skills and understanding.

Art & Design is for you if you have the self-motivation and commitment to convert your natural artistic  ability into producing significant adult works of art. Students study life drawing on a regular basis and are expected to spend a significant amount of time in the Art Room doing unsupervised work outside of lesson times.

AS Specification Number
AQA 1202B

 

Unit 1: Coursework  (Portfolio)

25% of A level
The portfolio is a body of work comprising of pieces in various media and subjects.

Sketchbooks, workbooks and journals will support your work and demonstrate how ideas can be conveyed and interpreted through images. Gallery visits are encouraged.The work is marked at MPW and externally moderated in June.

Unit 2: Externally set assignment

25% of A level
Exam: 8 hours
Assignment issued to candidates on 1st February. Candidates must answer one question. Between 2 – 6 weeks of development followed by supervised time: 5 hours. Work can take any appropriate form and should draw on the skills learnt in unit 1. You may produce preparatory work and finished piece(s) or wholly developmental work. The work is marked at MPW and externally moderated in June.

Reading list 

Author
TitleISBN
H. H. Arnason History of Modern Art ISBN 9780136062066
E. Gombrich The Story of Art ISBN 9780136062066
N. Lynton The Story of Modern Art ISBN 9780714824222

 

A2 Level

MPW approach to A2 study

As at AS level, students are expected to spend a significant amount of time in the Art Room doing unsupervised work outside of lesson times. A high level of commitment is needed from any student wishing to undertake an A level course in Art and Design. At A2 level there is a stronger emphasis on students’ work culminating in a final piece or outcome as opposed to wholly developmental work. Students are also encouraged to develop ideas further and produce a higher quality of work than at AS level.

A2 Specification Number
AQA 2202B

 

Unit 3: Coursework

25% of A level
At A2 students are required to build upon the knowledge, understanding and skills gained in the AS with greater depth of study.

Personal investigation – candidates develop work in response to an idea, issue, concept or theme of their choice. This will include written and practical elements. The written materials should be 1000 to 3000 words.  Written work can take on a variety of forms but must be one continuous piece of writing.  It should be of a critical and analytical nature that links to and supports the practical work. The practical work is a project of the student’s choosing. It will start with objective work and progress through analysis and refinement to an imaginative finished piece, displaying understanding of artists, media and knowledge.

The work is marked as a whole internally at MPW and externally moderated in June.

Unit 4: Externally set assignment

25% of A level
Assignment issued to candidates on 1st February. Students must answer one question.

Between 2 – 6 weeks of development followed by supervised time: 15 hours.

Students produce a clearly defined selection of work which will lead to a finished piece or pieces. Students need to present a personal, informed and meaningful response demonstrating critical understanding, realising intentions and, where appropriate, making connections between visual, written or other elements. The work is marked as a whole internally at MPW and externally moderated in June.

Reading list

General reference books for research and influence. Specific books for individual projects

Anastasia

Grades achieved at MPW
A*A*A*

Progressed to
University College London (Economics) 

“Honestly, I could not imagine when I joined MPW that, due to language and adaptation barriers, I would achieve top grades in my first A-level exam sittings. This view changed completely after only a few weeks in the college’s supportive and motivational environment; with teachers who aimed at finding a personal touch with each student and with my Personal Tutor who made my adjustment to the UK education system not only an easy step in my life but, more importantly, an enjoyable one.”

Julia

Grades achieved at MPW
A*AABB

Progressed to
King's College London (International Relations)

 “The teachers really helped me overcome any difficulties I came across; they always seemed willing to offer support be it inside or outside of the classroom. I could safely say my teachers inspired me to work hard and aim for the best, sometimes simply by being passionate about what they do.”

Andrew

Grades achieved at MPW
A*AA

Progressed to
University of York (Law) 

“Having a Personal Tutor to discuss ANYTHING with, from my UCAS application to organising my life in general, really did make life at the college more streamlined and in general less stressful.”

Cynthia

Grades achieved at MPW
A*A*A*A

Progressed to
University College London (Economics)

“My subject teachers and Personal Tutor have been very patient and helpful in supporting my studies and university application.”

Akmaral

Grades achieved at MPW
A*A*A*

Progressed to
University College London (Mathematics and Statistics)

“International students have many aspects to think about, such as accommodation and guardians, but MPW surprised me by having a highly organised and supportive administration. Also, because most MPW Cambridge students are local, as an ‘international’ student, I found this very useful in both improving my English and in giving me a taste of a genuinely ‘English’ college.”