Edexcel (BTEC) Diploma in Foundation Studies in Art & DesignStage 2: Pathway StageUnit 4: Information & Interpretation in Art & DesignUnit 5: Personal Experimental Studies in Art & DesignUnit 6: Extended Media Development in Art & Design Project: Specialist Area ExperienceStart Date Monday 5th December 2011End Date Monday 20th February 2012Assessment week starting Monday 20th February 2012Aims-To develop an understanding of contemporary, historical and related contexts, to inspirecreative work and develop personal intentions in preferred pathways-To encourage students to bring together and develop skills in working in a range ofmaterials and techniques as well as knowledge and understanding of the creative process.-To develop the student’s ability to propose ideas and solutions that exploit thecharacteristics and properties of selected mediaObjectivesUNIT 41 Be able to explore historical, cultural and contemporary practice2 Be able to reference historical, cultural and contemporary practice when developingpersonal ideas and solutions3 Be able to produce a personal targeted response.UNIT 51 Be able to initiate and undertake experimentation2 Be able to reflect on creative intentions3 Be able to research materials, techniques and processes4 Be able to meet self-identified objectives.UNIT 61 Be able to research and select media to suit creative intentions2 Be able to accommodate limitations and extend the potential of media in own work3 Be able to manipulate media, techniques and processes safely4 Be able to analyse and review technical and aesthetic qualities of development work.Assessment CriteriaPlease refer to course handbook
RationalAt this stage, students are expected to have a clear view of their chosen specialistpathway. The units in this stage provide the opportunity for students to establish futureaims, and progression routes should be confirmed and consolidated through targetedresearch and innovative and creatively developed art and design solutions, evolvedthrough the development of personal study.UNIT 4Creative practitioners use their understanding of the contemporary visual world and theirawareness of cultural and historical developments to inspire and inform their own work.This unit will enable students to develop an understanding of the key concepts whichinfluence the creative intentions and practices of contemporary artists and designers. Itwill also encourage an awareness of environmental, global, social and political referenceswhich have impact upon and can affect developments in areas of art, design andcommunicationUNIT 5This unit gives Students the opportunity to creatively explore and review a range ofsuitable materials, techniques and processes, and evaluate results in terms of inventiveoutcomes and aesthetic qualities that can be applied to current and future work. Studentswill be expected to keep detailed and sequential records of study including preparatoryresearch materials and samples, experimental techniques and processes, test pieces,annotations and records in your Artist Journal.Students will be made aware of health and safety requirements and be expected toobserve safe practice throughout the duration of the unit.UNIT 6Students will focus their attention on their selected pathway. They will be encouraged toidentify their own areas of interest in a more personal and individually focused way,engaging in sustained enquiry and recognising these processes as a positive learningexperience. Students will apply personal understanding and informed thought processesto their work in order to enhance awareness of their own creative intentions. This will beenabled through extensive experimentation with specialist media, techniques andprocesses and by taking an increasingly independent role in the application of intellectualand analytical skills to creative development and the making processes.Project: You may choose one of several given common themes as thebasis for your work & you are free to select from a range of possibleoutcomes in each discipline.You must write a self-initiated assignment brief following the guidelinesgiven
UNIT 4Produce art work based on comprehensive research for one of the six pathways listedbelow.It is important that you base your research on a theme or a core interest which will formthe bedrock of your research (your theme may be provided for you in graphic pathways).Many of you have already evolved themes in your work to date which can be transferredand built upon into your Pathway Stage. There are themes that have remained commonin artists work throughout the ages and you are required to carry out comprehensiveresearch into historical, cultural and contemporary practice to choose an area to base yourwork on. You should consider a range of theories and conceptual frameworks and recordyour ideas in your Artist JournalCommon ThemesHuman Life Identity MachineryNatural Forms Structure Urban SceneWorking Environments Leisure At HomeLandscape Belief ConflictYour research should show ability to research using different methods; Firsthand sources; i.e. visits to museums and galleries and be evidenced through annotations, notes and photographic records where permitted. Second hand sources i.e. books, periodicals and internet sites.Through the analysis and evaluation of your research you should consider the influence ofcontextual factors on the work of others and in the development of your own project.The week after the Christmas holiday you will present your initial research to the class, thiswill form the basis of a Pecha Kucha presentation, which will explain the pathway that youintend to develop and present your initial thoughts and concepts within a theme. You will beexpected to carry out further diagnostic research as your project develops, to extend yourfield of enquiry and to propose alternative possibilities.UNIT 5You should initiate and undertake extensive media research and experimentation, whichshould be documented, analysed and evaluated in your Artists Journals along withrelevant health and safety codes, COSHH. To meet self identified objectives.UNIT 6You should use your research to enable you to create your self identified intentions, usinganalysis and evaluation in order to accommodate limitations and extend the potential ofmedia in your own work.Final Evaluation to review technical and aesthetic qualities in your development work,assessing the qualities e.g. strengths, weaknesses, successes, failures, effectiveness,appearance, presence, interactivity, wearability and identify new and existingpossibilities.BibliographyFor a complete reading list for these units please refer to your Course Handbook
PathwaysFashion DesignDesign & make one of the following:- An experimental garment for a member of the opposite sex.- A fashion garment or accessory based on military wear.- A garment for a character from a theatrical performance for your choice.- A hat worthy of Royal Ascot Ladies Day.Fine CraftDesign & make one of the following:- Architectural ceramics for a public building- A hand built ceramic vessel- A jewellery piece/setThree Dimensional DesignDesign one of the following & make a scale model of your concept:- A piece of furniture- A Meeting Place- A kitchen waste bin- An interior for a commercial or public building- A stage setTextilesDesign & make one of the following:- A sculptural textiles piece.- A wall mounted textile piece in high relief.- A series of large samples of surface design in textiles.Fine Art (includes all traditional & non traditional art media; textiles, ceramics, metal etc)Produce a representational or conceptual response to your theme using as many or as fewof the following as you wish:- Drawing- Painting- Printmaking- Sculpture/assemblage- Installation- Photography- ComputerGraphic Design- Design 4 posters to advertise Belfast City’s Lost Property Office.- Advertising campaign for a ‘Must See’ Movie- ‘Take the Train’ campaign to promote the use of public transportThis list is not exclusive and you can choose an outcome of your choice as long as youdiscuss it with your tutor.
Outcomes●A written statement of Intention (word processed) compiled under the headings listedbelow. This must be a clear proposal of your intentions as you undertake the project. Aformal Statement of Intention is required by Edexcel before commencement of the FinalStage of the course, so see this as a good opportunity to practice writing a precise projectproposal.Audit & RationaleGive your reasons for your choice of project at this stage of the course. (100 words)ResearchOutline your starting points; what is your theme and how and where will you start your research,which historical and contemporary artists will you use for inspiration? Include a bibliography.(100 words)Project & RealisationOutline what you intend to do & how you intend to achieve it. This should include the researchtechniques & general sources to be used & the physical resources you will need. (100 words)Timetable of ActionsShow a clear schedule for each stage of the project.Review & EvaluationState what methods you will use to analyse your progress on an ongoing basis throughout theproject. (50 words)●Evidence of comprehensive research using primary & secondary sources into boththeme & pathway.●A series of drawings/studies of subjects associated with your chosen theme.●Evidence of development of your theme in relation to your chosen pathway (ideasheets/mood board)●Series of design/idea sheets●Media research and experimentation●Experimental pieces/maquettes if appropriate●Finished outcome (actual or scale model)●Record of progress and ongoing analysis and evaluation in Artist Journal●Final Evaluation- No late submissions, no excuses