Head of Department: Mrs K Baptist –
Exam board: CIE
Qualification name: Art and Design : Fine Art / Unendorsed
Qualification codes: Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subject 9830/9798

What you will study
Lower Sixth
Component 1: Portfolio
In this component, the emphasis is on exploration. During the first year of study students are encouraged to explore a variety of approaches within their selected areas of study so the Portfolio will reflect personal exploration of various themes through experimental and expressive means. In two or three dimensions, the Portfolio needs to demonstrate evidence of: a highly informed and personal series of explorations within the unendorsed areas of study; perceptive recording, analysis, organisation and collation of observations ; expressions and insights pertinent to intentions; extensive experimentation with ideas, concepts, materials, techniques and processes; and in-depth evaluation, review and refinement.
Component 2: Evaluative Study
Towards the end of the Lower Sixth, students undertake the Evaluaive Study, which is intended to give them an opportunity to further their insights and perceptions of the practice of other artists, craftspeople and designers in relation to their own work.

Upper Sixth
Component 3 : Project
The focus of the Project is the development of sustained pieces of studio practice based on an externally set starting poinbt and buildign on skills developed in the Lower Sixth. The Project will culminate in a successfully resolved final piece or pieces. The starting points cover a range of ways of producing artwork and should allow all students to demonstrate appropriate approaches.

How you will be assessed 
Component 1: Portfolio (30% of Pre-U)
Practical work. Internally assessed and externally moderated coursework.
Component 2: Evaluative study (30% of Pre-U)
3,500-word study plus practical examples. Internally assessed and externally moderated.
Component 3: Project (40% of Pre-U)
Practical work. Internally assessed and externally moderated coursework.

Why choose art?
The study of art and design helps the student engage more deeply with the world around them and opens them up to new ways of seeing. The visual-spatial skills, which an appreciation and understanding of art encourages, are becoming increasingly essential in today’s technological world. Students work closely with a variety of media, materials and techniques, and with traditional and new technologies. The problem-solving exercises they undertake help to develop higher order critical, reflective and imaginative thinking skills, and increases awareness of different roles, functions, audiences and consumers of art and design practice.

Course requirements
Students embarking on the Pre-U course do not need prior knowledge of the subject, but we have found that having followed a GCSE course students are better able to understand the depth of research required to produce a unit of work and the confidence to develop ideas and skills independently.

Related subjects in the Sixth Form
Studying art can complement all other subject combinations at A level.

Where could it lead?
Art students often find careers in : architecture, landscape architecture and design art practice, museum director or curatorship, fine art restoration, art history, engineering, graphic design, set design, fashion design, textile design and vehicle design.

Further important information
Pre-U students can work creatively during lessons or privatee study time in the designated Sixth Form art room. At least one of the other teaching room is also available for use during lessons. Most of the necessary materials and equipment are provided by the department. Students have the opportunity to work in a range of disciplines including fine art, photography, textiles, print, 3D design and graphics. They are encouraged to pursue their own areas of interest, which, in the past, has allowed for plenty of scope for skill development, including welding, cutting and moulding metals, and carving and building in wood, breeze-block and plastics.