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Why study Art, Craft and Design?

Students who choose to study Art, Craft and Design at A Level will gain invaluable opportunities not only in this subject, but in the wider school and local community, building on their experience as a student, artist, social observer and independent thinker. Such skills  are not only designed in this subject, but also in many university courses and in careers.

Building on their GSCE knowledge of drawing, painting, sculpture, mixed media and collage techniques, students will become aware of the wider impact of contemporary Art in the gallery space and local community; and how to visually communicate their ideas and the impact that  visual images have in the world. This awareness also  combines with a lifelong appreciation of the Arts and cultural capital that will enhance their opportunities as well as give them tools to assist with their own wellbeing and soul searching.

Course Content/Outline

A-Level Introduction: September 2020 to March 2021

Conduct a range of 5 exploration units to learn advanced techniques and methods and grow into the expectations of A Level. These are internal units that give you the opportunity to explore and learn about your own style.

  1. Chiaroscuro: oil painting and lighting techniques.
  2. Large Scale Art and Installation.
  3. Graphics, animation, video.
  4. 3D and sculpture or printing.
  5. Community Arts: create and run workshops for Beaver Community Primary school students.

Art History and Criticism: 1 period a week.

Once a week students will meet to discuss a range of issues in Art History and Criticism from introductory aesthetics, a history of art and photography through to contemporary and cultural issues. Here they will be encouraged to critique, write, and speak about art in order give them the skills necessary to critique their own work and write their essay in this project.

AQA: Component 1: April 2020—January 2010 - 60% of final mark

Personal Investigation where you decide your idea issue, concept or theme, and research an artist. You will be given the opportunity to explore and visually express your interests, ideas and concerns in the world as you respond to your theme and develop artworks inspired by what you have learnt.  You will also direct the type of art media you use throughout the project. No two projects are ever the same! You will also write a 2000-3000 word essay outlining the development of your project and your own aesthetic. This is a truly independent project guided by your own expectations of what you want to experience in this subject. You will create a body of work as well as a final outcome for your project.

AQA: Component 2: February 2021– May 2021 - 40% of final mark

Externally Set Assignment: The exam board will give you selection of 7 questions to  choose from. You will research, respond and develop artworks inspired by what you have learnt and even what you still wish to investigate. In selecting a question you are passionate about, you will get to experience what it may be like as a photographer producing a commission, using the question as a starting point and working through this with the self-direction and independence that is unique to this course. You will make a final response in a 15-hour exam over 3 days, building on your experience of working in a studio just as an artist would.

Other opportunities embedded into the course structure  will expand your learning and interest in Art, as well as enhance your UCAS applications for all types of University courses.

  • Friday evening trips into London to Art Galleries and national events including Access Art 25 and Late at the Tate.
  • Visits to Private Art Galleries as well as well-known galleries such as the Royal Academy, and Tate Britain and Modern.
  • Trips to university Post Graduate Art Shows.
  • Community Arts program with Beaver Community Primary School
  • Learn how to deliver art workshops to GCSE students within school, which enhances your own understanding of the subject and looks great for UCAS!
  • Studio session times in your free periods to help balance the workload with your other subjects.
  • Practical Exams are at earlier times to other subjects which will help balance your A-level workload.
  • Mentoring between year groups.
  • Visits to other A Level schools to compare and meet with students.
  • Help with university applications, portfolios, and interview techniques.

Further Study

There are many possible degree options, including: Architecture, Art Conservation, Art History, Art Therapy, Fashion Design, Film/Video Production, Fine Art, Graphic Design, Illustration, Interior Design, Jewellery Design, Photography, Production Design, Textile Design, Theatre Design, Three-dimensional Design and Web Design.

What career opportunities are there?

The career possibilities are very wide and include: Animator, Architect, Art Therapist, Art Restoration, Cartoonist, Computer Game Designer, Community Arts Worker, Exhibition Designer, Fashion Designer, Film/Video Maker, Fine Artist, Furniture Designer, Graphic Designer, Illustrator, Interior Designer, Jeweller, Museum / Gallery Conservator, Medical Illustrator, Printmaker, Product Designer, Teacher, Theatre Designer.

Syllabus: A Level Art and Design: Art, Craft and Design
Examination Board: AQA
More information: Miss V Parker