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The Visual Arts are an integral part of everyday life, permeating all levels of human creativity, expression, communication and understanding.

6th Form artWe celebrate the Visual Arts not only in the way we create images and objects, but also in the way we appreciate, enjoy, respect and respond to the practices of art-making by others from around the world.

Theories and practices in visual arts are dynamic and ever-changing, and connect many areas of knowledge and human experience through individual and collaborative exploration, creative production and critical interpretation.

As an Art student you will be required to investigate aspects of Theoretical practice, Art - Making practice & Curatorial practice.

 You will do this through looking at the ways in which Art exists in critical and contextual frameworks, the different techniques and diverse media in which art is made, and then how it is communicated to others in both written and visual means.


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Task 1: Comparative study, 20%.

Students analyse and compare different artworks by different artists. This independent critical and contextual investigation explores artworks, objects and artefacts from differing cultural contexts.

  • Standard Level: Compare at least 3 different artworks, by at least 2 different artists, with commentary over 10–15 pages.
  • Higher Level: As SL plus a reflection on the extent to which their work and practices have been influenced by any of the art/artists examined (3–5 pages).

Task 2: Process Portfolio, 40%.

Students submit carefully selected materials which evidence their experimentation, exploration, manipulation and refinement of a variety of visual arts activities during the two-year course.

  • Standard Level: 9–18 pages. The submitted work should be in at least two different art-making forms.
  • Higher Level: 13–25 pages. The submitted work should be in at least three different art-making forms.

Task 3: Internal Assessment Exhibition, 40%.

Students submit for assessment a selection of resolved artworks from their exhibition. The selected pieces should show evidence of their technical accomplishment during the visual arts course and an understanding of the use of materials, ideas and practices appropriate to visual communication.

Standard Level: 4–7 pieces with exhibition text for each. A curatorial rationale (400 words maximum).

Higher Level: 8–11 pieces with exhibition text for each. A curatorial rationale (700 words maximum)