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Our aim is to simultaneously combine creativity with enjoyment. Art and Design in Years 6, 7 and 8 focuses on the acquisition of skills, whereas Year 9 aims to consolidate these skills whilst allowing the exploration of personal thoughts and values. Boys studying Art should want to experience a wide range of materials, and should take a natural interest in the way that artists and designers work.

Studying Art at this level is a great way to understand and develop skills in independent learning, allowing for more personal ideas to be explored. This course is designed to prepare students for the new GCSE courses, where there is a clear focus on quality rather than quantity.

GCSE

60% of GCSE – Coursework ‘Portfolio’: Practical portfolio on a self-selected theme (September Year 10 – December Year 11).

40% of GCSE – ‘Externally Set Task’ including 10 hr exam: Practical portfolio based on a theme selected from the exam paper in January. (January Year 11 – April Year 11)

The Exam Board is OCR. Art and Design(J170) or Fine Art (J171)

There is one exam for GCSE Art this is 10 hours, usually completed over two consecutive days.

GCSE Art will develop your knowledge and skills. The subject is a chance to express your creativity and imagination and develop your independence. Learning is guided by teachers who have been trained by OCR, to suit students’ particular skills and interests.  It is 100% practical and can bring balance to a very ‘factual’ timetable. The course concludes before study leave begins in Year 11 and the Grammar School provides all materials from folders and boards to canvas’.

If you are wanting to pursue an Art-related career, it is a great place to start.

Subject Enrichment

  • Gallery visits- London, Birmingham, Leicester, Loughborough
  • Visiting artists
  • School exhibition
  • National competitions
  • Support clinics
  • Art clubs

A Level

60% of A level Art – ‘Personal Investigation’: Practical portfolio on a self-selected theme and written ‘Related Study’. (September Year 12 – January Year 13)

40% of A level – ‘Externally Set Task’ including 15hr exam: Practical portfolio on a theme selected from the exam paper in February. (February Year 13 – May Year 13)

The Exam Board is OCR. Fine Art (H601) or Art, Craft and Design (H600).

There is one exam for A Level Art and Design and this is 15 hours, usually completed over three consecutive days.

Our A Level course structure allows a natural progression of study from any GCSE route previously studied, regardless of exam board, specialism or former experience. Fine Art is the typical A Level studied by pupils who have completed their GCSE here at Loughborough Grammar School.  It is suited to those with a desire for creativity, concepts, personal expression and both traditional and/or contemporary media. We also offer the Art, Craft and Design A Level course. This allows for mixed areas of study for those who have broad interests and may wish to combine creative disciplines. There is no restriction on the combination of disciplines studies, thus allowing for a fully flexible course to suit individual needs and interests. Anybody with a passion for Art History should consult with the Art staff, because OCR’s A Level Critical and Contextual course could be offered which is a creative approach to the learning of Art History.

A full range of disciplines are taught including drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, dark room skills, sculpture, conceptual art, new media and installation. Art History is integral to both courses and is developed and studied in an individualised way to strengthen conceptual understanding of your chosen specialism.  All work is presented in our end-of-year exhibition for assessment and moderation, which is a much-anticipated highlight of the school year.

Why study A Level Art and Design at the Grammar School?

  • Develop your individual skills and express your creativity.
  • Explore a breadth of both traditional and digital media.
  • Learning is guided to suit students’ particular skills and interests.
  • If you are applying for Architecture you will require an Art portfolio.
  • It is a different discipline to others- and can bring balance to a very ‘factual’ timetable
  • If you are wanting to pursue an Art-related career, it is a great place to start.
  • You will have your own large studio space
  • We provided all your materials A1 mount boards, canvas’ for large scale pieces and large scale photoprints.
  • You will be guided by teachers who have been trained by OCR

Lessons are delivered in our dedicated Sixth Form studios. Each Art pupil is assigned their own large studio space which is used for both the production of and display of their work. Pupils have access to their space at all times outside of their timetabled lessons, including some scheduled weekend and half-term study days. The Art Department has their own A3 colour printer, scanner and digital SLR cameras. The building benefits from a dark room and purpose-built photography studio with lighting equipment, tripods and backdrops. We have two full-size kilns and strong links with the Design and Technology Department which expands the opportunities available to our pupils, including the use of a laser cutter and 3D printer

Art is complementary to a whole range subjects, this is because it requires a completely different way of thinking and working.

Complementary subjects, depending on career pathway, are: Mathematics, Physics, Design and Technology, Drama, English Literature, Art History.

Possible careers include: Graphic Design, Illustration, Curator, Designer, Interior Design, Automobile design, Animation, Film maker, Set design, Art dealer, Educator, Photographer, Web design, Architecture, Professional Artist, Art therapy.

Subject Enrichment

  • Use of own studio space
  • Gallery visits- London, Birmingham, Leicester, Loughborough
  • Study opportunities (Paris- Oct 2015, New York- Oct 2016/17, London 2018)
  • Visiting artists
  • Life drawing
  • Exhibitions – (School, Oberon, Saatchi, New Walk Leicester)
  • National competitions
  • Increased ambition in the style and standard of work
  • Subject Prefect and helping to run Arts Clubs
  • LGS Art Exhibition
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