Art

H1 ART (SYLLABUS 8879)


Aims


Art at ACJC is a holistic and robust programme that nurtures artistic interest in every student and allows them to gain a deeper appreciation for the visual arts. We believe that each student is unique and therefore our programme is designed to stretch their potential by catering to a wide range of interests and abilities.

The Higher 1 (H1) Level Art syllabus is designed to provide opportunities for students at the pre-university level to broaden their engagement in the visual arts. Students offering the H1 Level Art syllabus will investigate artistic conventions and concepts through the study of artists and artworks. Visual literacy skills, such as perception of and response to visual images, as well as critical analysis of visual information, are also developed.

The aims of the syllabus are to:
  • cultivate deeper understanding and appreciation of visual arts within social and cultural contexts
  • develop visual literacy through the critical analysis and appraisal of artists and artwork
  • increase proficiency in the use of visual arts vocabulary
  • foster self-confidence and a sense of achievement through critical appraisal of the visual arts
  • nurture a lifelong interest in the visual arts.

Approach


We want our students to investigate artistic conventions and concepts through the Study of Visual Arts (S.O.V.A) research. S.O.V.A research emphasises the development of inquisitive and critical thinking skills. It equips students with art terminology and skills to respond more effectively to various artworks. These learning experiences inculcate in students a greater appreciation for the visual arts and its role in society.

A variety of teaching, learning and assessment modes are used:
  • Content lectures and readings
  • Individual or group research
  • Class discussions and critiques
  • Individual or group presentations
  • Learning journeys to museums, galleries, exhibitions and festivals (subject to timetabling conditions)

Programme


Paper 1: Study of Visual Arts
This is a two-year course in which we aim to nurture visual literacy by taking a systematic approach to Art criticism through formal analysis - description, analysis, interpretation and evaluation. At the end of the course, students will develop a vocabulary to discuss works of art and be able to appreciate Art and its role in society.
At the end of the two-year period students will sit for a 3 hour written paper. They are expected to respond to one question from each section A, B, C. There are thirty marks for each question (90 marks in total).

H2 ART (SYLLABUS 9750)


Aims


Art at ACJC is a holistic and robust programme that nurtures artistic interest in every student and allows them to gain a deeper appreciation for the visual arts. We believe that each student is unique and therefore our programme is designed to stretch their potential by catering to a wide range of interests and abilities.

The Higher 2 (H2) Level Art syllabus is designed to provide students with an in-depth study in the visual arts. Through art making, students will be able to explore a wide variety of media and technologies to solve problems through critical thinking, experimentation and innovation.

In addition to the practical experiences, students will investigate artistic conventions and concepts through the Study of Visual Arts component. Visual literacy skills, such as perceiving and responding to visual images, and analysis of visual information, are further enhanced and developed in this syllabus.

The aims of the H2 Art syllabus are to:
  • cultivate deeper understanding and appreciation of visual arts within social and cultural contexts
  • encourage experimentation and innovation through exploration and creative use of materials and processes
  • increase proficiency in the use of art and design principles to communicate ideas and concepts
  • develop critical and analytical skills through research, exploration and creation of artworks
  • foster self-confidence and a sense of achievement through the practice of visual arts
  • lay the foundation for lifelong interest in the visual arts.

Approach


We customise our lessons and resources around the needs of the learner to give all students a chance to explore a wide range of artistic experience. Our emphasis is on freeing students to develop their own creative ‘voice’ through researching, visualizing and articulating ideas.

In the first year, we put our students through a foundation programme comprising a rigorous research exercise where they are taught and exposed to a wide range of mediums to help them identify their areas of interest. We adopt an art journaling practice using the S.E.E approach, which is an acronym for Sensing, Experimenting and Evaluating, that aims to cultivate the culture of inquisition, independent research and risk-taking. We gave our students the liberty to design their own artistic experiences where they can explore their respective fields to further sharpen their ideas and hone their skills.

In addition to practical experiences, students will investigate artistic conventions and concepts through the Study of Visual Arts (S.O.V.A) research. S.O.V.A research emphasises the development of inquisitive and critical thinking skills. It equips students with art terminology and skills to respond more effectively to various artworks. These learning experiences inculcate in students a greater appreciation for the visual arts and its role in society.

Programme


Paper 1: Study of Visual Arts
This is a two-year course in which we aim to nurture visual literacy by taking a systematic approach to Art criticism through formal analysis - description, analysis, interpretation and evaluation. At the end of the course, students will develop a vocabulary to discuss works of art and be able to appreciate Art and its role in society.

Paper 2: Coursework
Students will explore issues that are current and relevant to social and cultural context, while making connections between their own experiences and the issues encountered by artists within their own culture. Along with the creative process of making Art, students will develop a series of preparatory studies for every theme selected. For the A Level examination students are expected to produce one project and submit a maximum of eight A2 boards of preparatory studies.

At the end of the two-year period, in addition to submitting their project and preparatory work, students will sit for a 3 hour written paper. They are expected to respond to one question from each section A, B, C. There are thirty marks for each question (90 marks in total).

Final grades are based on the following:
Coursework 60%
Study of Visual Arts 40%


H3 ART (SYLLABUS 9818)


Aims


The Higher 3 (H3) Level Art syllabus complements the Higher 2 (H2) Level Art syllabus by providing students who have exceptional interest and ability with opportunities to be engaged in the Theory of Art. The H3 Level Art syllabus enhances the competencies acquired in the H2 Level and further challenges students to think beyond the making and appreciation of Art. It engages students in theoretical and critical discourses of Art in the way it is perceived, defined and pracised. The H3 Level Art syllabus lays a foundation for academic engagement in Art at the tertiary level.

The aims of the syllabus are to:
  • nurture an informed understanding and appreciation of the purpose of Art in society and culture
  • foster critical inquiry and independent thought
  • lay a foundation for the academic pursuit of Art at tertiary level
  • cultivate a life-long passion for the visual arts and a strong disposition for aesthetic valuing and criticism.

Approach


A flipped classroom approach prepares students for similar modes of learning at university levels, H3 Theory of Art (TOA) requires students to perform independent reading and research before and after classes, where the primary mode of delivery on top of content lectures will be through group discussions, presentations, critiques and learning journeys. Apart from acquiring content knowledge and theories, students learn to draw connections between the art and other disciplines, as well as the wider socio political context through observation, critical thinking and reflection. At the end of their studies, students will be able to ask critical questions, formulate original thoughts and insightful arguments about the functions, values and challenges of visual arts in the larger context.

Programme


Paper 1: Theory of Art
Theory of Art will be made available for application to eligible and interested students at the end of year one. This course engages students in theoretical and critical art discourses and aims to nurture critical and independent thinkers, giving them a chance to reflect on the definition of art and its role in society. i.e. “How much power does art have to make a difference in our society/world? How much control does consumers have over the artist and what the artist produces?”

Students will sit for a 2hr paper and respond to two essay questions from a choice of four.