Tuesday, 7 February 2012

ART2; The exam unit

Unit 2 Controlled Assignment (all options)

controlled assignment
The externally set paper should be a challenging and stimulating area of artistic-creative experience for the candidate that takes into account broad and appropriate research opportunities and the candidate's developing expertise, following their coursework.

Notes on progression
The candidate must choose the assignment with or without guidance from their teacher. The final selection, evaluation and presentation of work must be entirely the candidate's own.

The assignment can be chosen from the section that the candidate has entered, or from any other section as long it is interpreted through the discipline of the entered area of study. For example, a candidate entered for Graphic Communication must deal with any chosen assignment through the skills, methods and techniques of Graphic Communication. A candidate entered for Art, Craft & Design (unendorsed) can deal with any assignment (written or visual stimulus) in any way.

The assignment will be clear, understandable and simply stated enabling the candidate to demonstrate their best artistic-creative skills. They must clearly state which assignment they are dealing with.
During the preparatory phase the candidate should concentrate on dealing with answering 'What assignment am I going to work with? What information can I find? Which skills, methods and techniques am I going to use?'

The assignment paper will provide a choice from seven written and seven visual stimuli across the seven options. Candidates must choose one assignment.
The three terms art, craft and design can be used interchangeably on occasions. The visual stimuli are appropriate to all seven options. However the assignment paper will also provide seven clear and distinctive written alternatives appropriate to each option.
One assignment should be chosen and the candidate should explore appropriate ways and means of researching, making, personally responding and analysing and evaluating their work.
The candidate will make a decision about which assignment they are going to pursue that best demonstrates their experiences and achievements during their coursework portfolio.

assignment development
This represents the main thrust of the assignment paper. Most time will be spent during this phase.
Sketchbooks/workbooks provide a good opportunity for trial-and-error and documenting progress.
This phase is mainly concerned with experimenting and selecting. [What are they going to make? How are they going to make it? What experiments are necessary to make important discoveries about techniques, materials, media, images and ideas?] Contextual understanding, and Reflective recording will continue through a sketchbook /workbook and support materials.
As the assignment response develops candidates will increasingly become involved in Creative making and Personal presentation that provides strong opportunities for them to demonstrate their own interests and skills, together with an awareness of other artistic-creative sources.
The eight-hour outcome must be interpreted as a continuous period of focused study.

completion and presentation
The assignment paper unit is complete when the assignment has been fulfilled by the candidate's preparatory studies and an outcome within the time restraint of eight hours within the agreed calendar.
Candidates will reflect on the worth of their response to the set assignment. They should consider how well they have dealt with the requirements. How might they tackle the next one in A level?
Candidates should present their work for internal assessment by early May on completion of the timed supervised session(s); and present it for moderation if selected by sample, in June.

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