Critical and Contextual Studies is an option which students can take after completion of their first year of Fine Art. It is closely linked and taught alongside A Level Fine Art and offers those students who prefer a more in-depth written and critical approach to the subject, the opportunity to study the development of Art and Design in its many changing forms, through both practical and written assignments. The emphasis of the course is on evaluating and interpreting works of art in their social and historical context.
The course will enable you to develop your practical and theoretical understanding through visual analysis, interpretation and written critical investigation. This will include investigation into historical and contemporary practice and a range of genres such as portraiture and the human form, architecture and the environment, social and political issues, narrative and symbolism. You will also be encouraged to acquire first-hand knowledge of key pieces of work in galleries, exhibitions and the designed environment. The emphasis of this course will be on developing and extending existing knowledge and skills. You will be encouraged to develop a more independent approach to the subject demonstrating continued critical understanding, supported by integrated written engagement with the works of artists and designers, to inform and develop work which has a personal significance into a major in-depth, practical and written theoretical investigation.
Year 1: Component 1: Personal Creative Enquiry (100%)
Year 2: Component 1: Personal Investigation (60%)
Component 2: Externally Set Assignment (15hours) (40%)
At least 5 GCSEs graded 9-4 or A*-C including English at Grade C/4 or above and preferably an Art based subject but this is not essential.