Visual Arts Academy

BTEC Art & Design work examplesCourse description:

The Visual Arts Academy is a Qualification Enrichment. Students will gain an EPQ qualification which is assessed at A-level standard and can contribute towards university and employment applications. During the course, students will produce a piece of independent work based on any aspect of the Visual Arts. The focus is on research and planning skills leading to a final piece. Students may choose to work on specialisms such as Architecture, Painting, Ceramics, Textiles, Fashion Design, Photography etc. Students are encouraged to be creative and innovative. The work completed cannot be connected to any aspect of their A Level subjects.

Course duration:

September – completed in Year 12.

Time commitment:

1 lesson per week (1.5hrs) + Independent study.

Course costs:

Students will need to pay for costs of sketchbooks, printing and other specialist materials. The Visual Arts department sell most materials needed at a reduced cost.

Who can sign up:

All Y12 students.
Case Study 1: This course is ideal for students aspiring to study Architecture at University and are embarking on an academic A level programme of study. Architecture courses require a portfolio alongside qualifications, so this course will provide the opportunity to meet these requirements. Example programme of study: Mathematics, Physics, History & Visual Arts Academy EPQ.
Case Study 2: This course is fantastic for students who have not met the entry requirements for our Visual Arts A levels. This might be because they have not studied Visual Arts GCSE or have not achieved the required grade in their Visual Arts GCSE. The course would mean embarking on a Visual Arts investigation, developing skills and knowledge in a specialism of choice, alongside any other programme of study.
Case Study 3: This course would provide an excellent opportunity to develop work for portfolio that is not covered in the Visual Arts A levels we offer. For example, a student might be taking A level Fine Art, but wants to pursue Fashion Design at University. Their EPQ could be based around a Fashion Design outcome which could sit alongside the Fine Art work in their portfolio.
Case Study 4: This course would be suitable for anyone with an interest in the Visual Arts but for whatever reason isn’t taking any of our Visual Arts A levels. Students could explore a genuine interest and passion in a specialism of their choice, alongside any other programme of study.

How and when to sign up:

When you attend your enrolment interview in August you will be able to add the Visual Arts Academy EPQ to your other subjects.

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