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Art and Design Advanced Level  

Qualifications: GCE A Level or GCE AS Level

Exam Board: AQA

Entry Requirements: Grade B or above in GCSE Art. (If you haven’t studied GCSE Art, you will need to attend an interview and submit a portfolio of work).

Overview

If you have enjoyed GCSE Art and Design and you wish to extend your learning in the subject, you will find A Level Art and Design a stimulating and rewarding option. The Art and Design course is underpinned throughout with a strong emphasis on continuing to develop key skills and knowledge and understanding of other artists.  In Year 12, a series of Art History lectures ensure that all students’ work has a strong theoretical underpinning. Sixth Form students studying A Level Art and Design are encouraged to work in the widest variety of materials and techniques.

A Level Art and Design provides opportunities for personal expression encourages imagination, sensitivity, conceptual thinking, and powers of observation, analytical abilities and practically orientated attitudes.

What will I learn?

The A Level Art and Design course is very flexible. It meets the needs of students who wish to specialise in Fine Art, as well as those who wish to pursue a more general course involving a range of media. All students will have the opportunity to engage in painting and drawing, printmaking, sculpture, photography and mixed media options. The department is very well resourced and equipped.  There are opportunities to use a variety of facilities, including a photographic dark room and a suite of computers. Students also have the opportunity to attend weekly life drawing classes.

How will I learn?

Students are guided through a structured course, developing independent thinking skills. While starting points in projects may be shared, the course allows students to develop a great degree of autonomy and individual direction within their work.

We are keen to integrate opportunities for our students to exhibit their work alongside professional artists in a public gallery. The Ariel Centre is a fantastic Art Gallery on site with a rolling programme of public events, showcasing our students’ work as well as local and international artists’ work. Students also have exciting opportunities to visit galleries around the world.  Recent trips have included London, New York Metropolitan Museum and Tuscany, where students visited galleries in Sienna and Florence.

Where could it lead?

There are many routes for students studying Art and Design. The last twenty years has seen an expansion in design related industries and a wide range of degree level courses have been developed to service this sector. The usual route after A Level is to take a one-year Foundation course, although some students have progressed straight onto degree courses. We are proud that our Post 16 students can progress onto the successful Foundation course which is also sited at Kennicott. The high level of achievement among our students has recently been recognised by University College Falmouth with whom we are now working in partnership.

Contact

Tim Wightman: Faculty Leader for Creative Arts                     twightman@kingedwardvi.devon.sch.uk

Art and Design BTEC Level 3 Diploma 

Qualifications: BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Art and Design

Exam Board: Edexcel

Entry Requirements: GCSE at grade A*- Art and Design, D&T Graphics or D&T Product Design and English Language or Literature. Alternatively you must have A Level 2 Diploma in an Art and Design related subject, or an equivalent qualification and Level 2 Key Skills (Communication).

Overview

If you are a creative, innovative and inquisitive person who enjoys creating and responding to new challenges, briefs and projects, then this course offers you a diverse and exciting range of opportunities and experiences in Art and Design. This is a vocational art and design course which will enable you to explore a variety of disciplines and develop your skills. The course will also help you to identify which area you may like to pursue as a career. The subjects taught include fine art (drawing, painting and printmaking), 3D design, photography, graphic design, community art, sculpture and associated computer software. The programme is for students looking to pursue a career in art and design. It is ideal for those who want to experience a broad range of areas before progressing onto the Art Foundation course and specialising at university. The course allows you to undertake extension specialist units in the field you to want follow in higher education level or as a career.

What will I learn?

The Subsidiary Diploma consists of four mandatory units:

  • Visual Recording in Art and Design
  • Materials, Techniques and Processes in Art and Design
  • Ideas and Concepts in Art and Design
  • Communication Through Art and Design

There are also specialist units from which you choose, including:

  • Graphic Design
  • 3D Design
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Fine Art

You will complete a total of nine units to achieve the Subsidiary Diploma which will take one year. Those who do well and wish to progress onto the second year will complete a further three units to achieve the Diploma, or a further nine to achieve the Extended Diploma.

How will I learn?

The programme is practically based and develops your art and design skills and personal style, whilst enabling you to develop a portfolio of your work. The course also provides opportunities in career planning. The evidence based nature of the projects enables you to build up your skills, experiences and knowledge over an extended period of time, allowing you to develop at a much higher level. Where possible, projects are run in conjunction with practising artists, designers, industrial partners and community based clients and stakeholders.

Where could it lead?

A BTEC Level 3 in Art & Design offers progression into a broad and diverse range of creative industries and practices. Many students will extend their Art & Design experience by completing at Foundation Art & Design course prior to Higher Education. Other students can further their studies at university at degree level in related courses. Specialisms which students progress  on to include, architecture, sustainable design, illustration, product design, photography, fine art, sculpture, interior design, multi-media design and structural packaging.

Contact

Tim Wightman: Faculty Leader for Creative Arts                     twightman@kingedwardvi.devon.sch.uk

Art and Design BTEC Level 4 Diploma in Foundation Studies  

Qualifications: Level 4 BTEC Diploma in Foundation Studies (Art and Design)

Exam Board: Edexcel

Entry Requirements: At least 3 GCSEs at grade C or above including English plus an A Level qualification in Art or Textiles or Photography OR a BTEC Diploma/Extended Diploma in a practical art subject OR an IB qualification. Mature students will be considered without formal qualifications if their skills are of an equivalent level.

All students must attend an interview with a portfolio of work demonstrating the ability and commitment to complete a course at this level.

Overview

The Totnes Art & Design Foundation Course is an intensive one year full-time programme that delivers a thorough grounding in the basic principles of art and design.

The course’s main aim is to secure its students a place on an undergraduate degree in an art or design discipline. The vast majority of the students on the Totnes course progress to the top art schools in the UK including 50% going on to University College Falmouth and the University of the Arts, London.

Students are entered for the Edexcel Level 4 BTEC Foundation Diploma in Art & Design and the Edexcel GCE Advanced Subsidiary in Critical & Contextual Studies in Art. This allows the course a very favourable staff-student ratio, with the full-time students receiving five full days teaching per week.

What will I learn?

The introductory stage of the course emphasises the central importance of drawing and an understanding of the ‘Formal Elements’. At the same time students undertake workshops in painting, printmaking, 3-D, photography, book arts and fashion and textiles. This is further supported by a lecture and film programme.

In the middle stage of the course students produce a specialist portfolio and apply for degree courses.

The last stage of the course consists of the production of a Final Major Project which culminates in a professional standard Summer Exhibition open to the public.

How will I learn?

Each student has their own dedicated studio space within the purpose equipped Foundation Studios at Kennicott.

Where could it lead?

Please visit our website for examples of student work, staff profiles, university progression lists, an application form and funding information at foundationart.kingedwardvi.devon.sch.uk

Contact Bruce Timson: Art Foundation Course Leader                                btimson@kingedwardvi.devon.sch.uk

Dance Advanced Level 

Qualifications: GCE A Level

Exam Board: AQA

Entry Requirements: Grade C or above in GCSE Dance.  If you have not studied GCSE Dance, you will need to attend an audition.

Overview

This course is aimed at students who wish to study dance in depth. This fast-paced, exciting contemporary dance course will help you to build your technical skills in dance and will provide you with a solid understanding and appreciation of the subject. Students are required to gain experience in choreography, performance and appreciation. Students have gained outstanding results in A Level Dance in recent year 100% A*-C grades over the last 3 years.  We have excellent resources including a purpose built dance studio, theatre space and dance specialist staff.

What will I learn?

There are two components:

  1. Performance and Choreography Performing dance through the application of physical, technical, interpretative and performance skills and creating dance applying choreographic skills to communicate artistic intention.
  2. Critical engagement.  Short answer questions and essay questions. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of performance and choreography from different periods and genres.  Critically appreciate and assess performance and choreography through making analytical, interpretative and evaluative judgements.

How will I learn?

The course will encourage students to work collaboratively and independently on both solo and group choreography to nurture their creativity. Weekly technique classes work on your strength, flexibility, co-ordination, stamina and choreography classes provide you with an opportunity to explore your own creative dance ideas. In addition to the practical elements of the course, you will also study anatomy, physiology, professional dance works and dance analysis. The programme combines the academic and practical elements of dance.

A Level Dance helps students develop a number of skills:

  • Cultivate creativity in students
  • Develop individual enquiry
  • Develop an informed and versatile student of the subject
  • Provide opportunity for a diverse range of study

Where could it lead?

A Level Dance is suitable for anyone wanting to pursue the arts or dance in Higher Education, or as support for any course requiring good communication and group work skills. In addition to performing, choreographing and teaching, this course might lead to such diverse careers as dance therapy or journalism.

Students who wish to pursue a career in dance would benefit from the A Level Dance course. The A Level Dance course is highly regarded by both universities and vocational dance schools. A Level Dance students from KEVICC have gone on to train at a range of professional dance schools and universities including The Place, The Laban Centre, London Studio Centre, Italia Conti,  Northern School of Contemporary Dance, London Contemporary Dance School, Roehampton, Bath Spa and Richard Alston Dance Company.

Contact

Jo Crook              Raising Standards Leader                         jcrook@kingedwardvi.devon.sch.uk

 

Drama and Theatre Studies Advanced Level 

Qualifications: GCE A Level

Exam Board: Edexcel

Entry Requirements: Grade C or above in GCSE Drama and English.

Overview

Drama and Theatre Studies is a practical, intellectual and artistic subject. You will be expected to explore the structural elements of theatre from the page to the stage. In order to be successful and enjoy this subject, you will need to have a keen interest in the history of drama and study the practitioners, theatrical forms and conventions that make theatre such a compelling and exciting subject. You must be able to analyse and critically deconstruct the work you study, create and witness. It is recommended that students have achieved a C in GCSE Drama and English.

What will I learn?

The department has an excellent team of practitioners, supported by a theatre technician. It is energetic and successful, putting on a number of shows every year and getting involved in projects such as the Shakespeare Schools Festival, National Youth Theatre and Frantic Assembly Workshops. Productions and lessons benefit from the use of a raked 320 seat theatre. Students are encouraged to learn beyond their lessons and to take part in projects within and beyond College such as Devon Youth Theatre and the major annual College production.

How will I learn?
This course is designed to help you develop strong practical theatre skills backed up by sound knowledge of dramatic theory and practice. You will study play texts, review live theatre and perform in work that you have devised yourself as well as extracts from established texts. You will work on movement, voice and characterisation and keep a detailed portfolio of your process.

Where could it lead?
Theatre Studies is welcomed by higher education establishments on a par with other subjects. There is a considerable amount of academic rigour to this course which, combined with the practical element and approach, makes this an exciting and interesting course. Many students gain places on university courses connected with Theatre.

Contact

Jo Crook              Raising Standards Leader                                              jcrook@kingedwardvi.devon.sch.uk

 

Music Advanced Level 

Qualifications: GCE AS/A2 Level

Exam Board: Edexcel

Entry Requirements: Grade B or above in GCSE Music. Performing ability on an instrument (or voice) to at least Grade 5 standard is essential and students must continue with their instrument throughout the A Level course. Students who do not have Grade 5 Theory are required to study for this exam during the first term.

Overview

The Edexcel music course provides the basis for a thorough understanding of music performance, listening and composition. Students who choose to study Music A Level at KEVICC will be offered a range of opportunities for performance and a chance to attend workshops in and out of college.  The department provides students access to good recording facilities and a suite of practice rooms.

What will I learn?

During the course students will study three areas of music: composition, musical analysis and performance. They will create their own composition, write about their journey towards this piece of work and present a recital programme. Students will learn the fundamentals of harmony and chorale writing as well as appraising the rich variety of musical styles from around the world, including Western Art music; a sense of curiosity is vital.

How will I learn?

Music at KEVICC is a popular choice with students and, therefore, those who choose to study at the college have the opportunity to learn alongside a number of other able musicians. Lessons are highly engaging and motivating with regular independent learning activities. Students take part in numerous activities which contribute to our rich and stimulating musical community they are also expected to run extra-curricular activities. The department give students the chance to take part in a number of projects, shows and concerts over the course of the year and, in addition, the annual college show; this is a major performance opportunity. Musical ensembles include choir, orchestra and bands, there is plenty of opportunity to perform either as part of a KEVICC ensemble or with your own group.

Where could it lead?

Many students who study A Level Music progress to music college or university degree courses in order to begin a career as a professional musician.  However, the A level music qualification provides the basis for a wide range of other higher education courses and areas of employment such as music production, TV, theatre and film composition and arts management. Universities and employers often consider an advanced level music qualification as an asset to potential under graduates or employees. Studying music at A level will enhance your CV and your prospects of future employment or training.

Contact

Nicola Hansford              Raising Standards Leader                                                nhansford@kingedwardvi.devon.sch.uk

 

Music (Performing) BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma 

Qualifications: BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Music (option for early exit at end of Year 12 with a Level 3 Certificate)

Exam Board: Edexcel

Entry Requirements: 5 GCSEs at grades A*-C. A passion for music and a good ability in performance on a chosen instrument (including voice).  A willingness to commit to out of College hours rehearsals and attend live performances.  You do not need to be able to read music but some basic knowledge of music theory will be helpful.

Overview

The BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Music Performance is a two-year vocational course which provides students with a practical understanding of the skills required to work within the music sector.  It is a modern and contemporary music course, looking at research of professional practice, improvisation, composing and aural skills, with the main focus being performance.  This is a highly recognised musical qualification.

What will I learn?

Each term, students will explore performance techniques, composing and aural skills as well as looking at music within the industry and the place of popular music within the history of music.  There will be projects linked with the community as well as opportunities to regularly gig and create your own showreel/CD to self-promote as you launch yourself into the local and regional music performance field.

This is a newly delivered, first time course for musicians who are keen to work with local artists, commit to being a self-sustained musician and want to broaden their own skills in being successful in the music industry.  

Students will be guided through appropriate repertoire and technique as well as support in choosing the right course for their career.

How will I learn?

You will, essentially, become a member of a musician company within college and will learn by completing a range of projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands. The work will be assessed through evidence-based portfolios, solo and ensemble performance recordings and composition work.  As well as learning about the employment area you have chosen, you will develop the skills that you need to start a career. The course is delivered by professionals with real experience of professional performance and the sound world.

Where could it lead?

As a Level 3 vocational course, this is the perfect spring board to a career in the music industry. Students will explore the diverse range of employment opportunities, aside from professional performer.  Colleges and universities recognise this as the equivalent to one A level. For students entering vocational higher education, such as modern/pop or live music degrees, this is the most common qualification for new entrants.

Contact Nicola Hansford          Raising Standards Leader                              nhansford@kingedwardvi.devon.sch.uk

Music Technology Advanced Level 

Qualifications: GCE A Level

Exam Board: Edexcel

Entry Requirements:  Some knowledge of Music Theory and reasonable keyboard skills are a distinct advantage.

Overview

Are you:

  • keen to create and record music?
  • interested in the way popular music style has evolved?
  • someone who enjoys listening to music?
  • fascinated to learn about the development of music technology?

If yes, then A Level Music Technology is the course for you! Where else can you experiment with recording equipment and computer technology, arrange and compose music, and learn about popular music, from rock and roll to reggae, heavy rock to hip hop?

Music Technology plays a key role in music across the globe. The A Level course is designed to open up a range of exciting and useful skills to students and to encourage them to lean about the subject. Students, including those who do not play a traditional instrument, are encouraged to explore their musicality and create original music using technology.

Music Technology A Level consists of courses in how to use sequencing software (creating music using computers) , the use of MIDI and virtual instruments, the development of critical listening skills, multi-track recording, including microphone techniques, processing, use of effects and mixing, the study of popular music genres and the development of music technology. The course acts as an excellent basis for the growing number of Higher Education courses involving music technology.

What will I learn?

The course covers three areas of study:

The Principles and Practice of Music Technology: study and practice of MIDI sequencing, audio sequencing and multi-track recording, using equipment and technical processes to capture sounds and manipulate them to produce musical results.

Popular Music Styles since 1910: Study of Popular Music, including jazz, pop and rock. Students learn about the main musical and cultural characteristics of the major styles and trends of the past 100 years.

The Development of Technology-based Music: to help students understand more about the development and influence of technology on music since 1910.

How will I learn?

Take advantage of our recording studio with its specialised facilities and resources, including a live room, industry standard selection of microphones and outboard (SSL/Focusrite/Lexicon). Two well-equipped music computer suites will allow you to use music technology software such as Cubase to compose and arrange music.

Where could it lead?

There are many opportunities in higher education and career possibilities for those proficient in handling music technology.  Studying A Level Music Technology could lead to careers in the record industry, sound engineering, record producing and music education.

Contact

Jo Crook              Raising Standards Leader                                              jcrook@kingedwardvi.devon.sch.uk

Photography Advanced Level  

Qualifications: GCE A Level or GCE AS Level

Exam Board: AQA

Entry Requirements: Grade B or above in GCSE Art. (If you haven’t studied GCSE Art, you will need to attend an interview and submit a portfolio of work).

Overview

A Level Photography incorporates digital and black and white film based photography.  We use Photoshop as our principle software. Photography is a popular course. We are looking for students who can show creativity, imagination, commitment and a willingness to understand the technical aspects of the subject.

What will I learn?

Students are given the opportunity to undertake pin hole photography, creative photograms, learn darkroom skills, use digital and film SLR cameras and Photoshop elements. You will explore photography in a creative and personal way, creating studio based work as well as exploring their community and wider environment. Gaining an understanding of photography’s place within the history of art and knowledge of genres and photographers is an important part of the course and extends research and analytical skills.

How will I learn?

Students are guided through a structured course, giving the skills to become independent thinkers. While starting points in projects might be shared, the course allows students to develop a degree of autonomy and individual direction within their work.

During the course, students have the opportunity to visit major exhibitions of contemporary photography. They are also encouraged to visit local photography exhibitions independently. We also invite photographers and specialist practitioners to lead workshops and talk about their professional experience. Students have the opportunity to exhibit their work in the College’s gallery.

You need to be self-motivated as you will have to take some of your photographs out of school time and travel to interesting locations.  You also need to be committed to the subject as during the first term many new skills have to be learnt. There is a written element in this course. You will have to annotate your work and analyse photographs. You will also research and write about different genres, photographers and art movements. Students who choose to study Photography will need a 35 mm single lens reflex manual camera and have access to a digital camera. They will be expected to purchase film, paper and other materials during the course.

Where could it lead?

Universities offer a variety of photography courses, ranging from documentary photography to fine art photography. An A Level in Photography can also be advantage to students wishing to follow media related courses such as journalism and film courses.

Contact

Tim Wightman: Faculty Leader for Creative Arts                     twightman@kingedwardvi.devon.sch.uk

Textiles Advanced Level 

Qualifications: GCE A Level or GCE AS Level

Exam Board: AQA

Entry Requirements: Grade C or above in GCSE Art and Design or GCSE Textiles. (If you haven’t studied GCSE Art or GCSE Textiles, you will need to attend an interview and submit a portfolio of textiles related work).

Overview

This is an exciting and innovative subject which will allow you to explore, visual and tactile responses to Creative Textiles and Fashion.  You will find the A Level Textiles course is quite flexible and can be moulded to meet the needs of students who want to explore pure textiles, fashion or those who enjoy the challenging aspects of process experiment. 

What will I learn?

As a Textile student, you will be introduced to a wide range of processes through investigation and exploration of textiles, as well as drawing, photography and IT.  You will work hands on to produce and develop original and sustained samples in a range of media through the manipulation and enhancement of materials as well as looking closely at how fabrics and fibres are used in a fashion and artistic context. You will explore processes such as print making, batik, embroidery, machine and hand work and research areas common to the Art and Design process.

How will I learn?

You will be encouraged to learn new techniques and to experiment with their application in a variety of personal outcomes. Learning from and about the work of other practitioners, designers, artists and craftspeople is an integral aspect of the course and evidence of this study is shown alongside the student's own work.

We are keen to encourage recycling within textiles.  A collection of old clothes and materials would come in handy and we would suggest that you start collecting.  There is also an expectation that you will need to purchase some materials for your projects.  This is particularly important for the controlled assessments.  Where projects become more personalised, students will need to be creative and provide their own specialist materials to support work.

Where could it lead?

The last twenty years have seen an expansion in design related industries and a wide range of degree level courses has been developed to service this sector. Textile designers often work in related fields such as fashion or as part of a coordinated team, meeting client needs. The usual route for students who wish to become textile or fashion designers is to take a one-year Foundation Course and then to progress to a degree course further afield.

Contact

Tim Wightman: Faculty Leader for Creative Arts                     twightman@kingedwardvi.devon.sch.uk