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Art and Design

Why Art & Design? 

If you study Art & Design you will be immersed in one of the richest cultural heritages in the world. Studying Turner, Constable and Hirst is, let's face it, more exciting than reading a dry academic textbook. It's a diverse area, which can be tailored to what you want to study from a broad course covering a range of disciplines to specific areas as detailed in the subject content. Art and Design courses do teach you transferable skills that make you employable - good communication skills, IT literacy, flexibility, teamwork skills. With this background there are plenty of career opportunities as revealed in the progression routes section for this subject.

Summary

This qualification consists of one broad–based course plus six endorsed titles covering the following areas:

  • Fine Art
  • Critical and Contextual Studies
  • Textile Design
  • Graphic Communication
  • Three-Dimensional Design
  • Photography

The specific areas of experience for each title can be found below followed by information on the three units of work which are explained in a consistent style applicable to all the available titles.

Art, Craft and Design

Learners can choose this option if they want to explore and create work associated with more than one endorsed title. Learners opting for Art, Craft and Design should explore practical and critical/contextual work through a range of 2D and/or 3D processes and media throughout the earlier stages of their Personal Creative Enquiry and Personal Investigation. The final resolution of their exploratory work can either be selected from 2D and/or 3D processes and media (combining disciplines from more than one endorsed title) or comprise processes and media associated with a single endorsed title. Similarly, Unit 3 ( the Externally Set Assignment), learners can choose to produce work in the preparatory study and sustained focus periods which reflects either more than one endorsed title or one endorsed title.

All work submitted for Units 1, 2 and 3, as with all endorsed titles, will be assessed holistically in relation to the four assessment objectives, taking account of the breadth and depth of the evidence presented.

Options include:

Art, Craft and Design

This is a broad-based course that provides flexibility in content and approach. Learners can choose this option if they want to explore and create work associated with more than one endorsed title.

Learners opting for Art, Craft and Design should explore practical and critical/contextual work through a range of 2D and/or 3D processes and media throughout the earlier stages of their Personal Creative Enquiry and Personal Investigation.

The final resolution of their exploratory work can either be selected from 2D and/or 3D processes and media (combining disciplines from more than one endorsed title) or comprise processes and media associated with a single endorsed title. Similarly, Unit 3 ( the Externally Set Assignment), learners can choose to produce work in the preparatory study and sustained focus periods which reflects either more than one endorsed title or one endorsed title.

All work submitted for Units 1, 2 and 3, as with all endorsed titles, will be assessed holistically in relation to the four assessment objectives, taking account of the breadth and depth of the evidence presented.

Art and Design (Fine Art)

Possible areas of study include:

  • painting and drawing
  • mixed media, including collage and assemblage
  • performance and conceptual art
  • sculpture
  • land or environmental art
  • installation
  • printmaking: relief, intaglio, screen processes and lithography
  • film, television, animation, video, photography
  • digital media

Art and Design (Critical and Contextual Studies)

Possible formats and approaches which could be explored include:

  • A practical and theoretical study of the human form in Art, Craft & Design presented in an audio-visual form
  • Genres or movements such as Expressionism, Welsh Contemporary Sculpture or Bauhaus documented as a series of gallery guides
  • Aspects of contemporary practice such as digital imaging scripted as a TV documentary
  • Environmental or political issues in Art exhibited as display boards or placards
  • Relationships between image and text presented in Powerpoint or e-book format
  • An exploration of narrative art presented in a sketchbook or storyboard that includes extended commentary
  • Use of symbolism and allegory investigated in an illustrated essay

Art and Design (Textile Design)

Possible areas of study include:

  • fashion
  • costume
  • digitally or traditionally printed and/or dyed fabrics, garments and materials
  • interior design
  • constructed textiles (knitted, woven, embellished or combined with other materials)
  • textile installation
  • accessories

Art and Design (Graphic Communication)

Possible areas of study include:

  • illustration
  • typography
  • editorial
  • advertising and branding
  • package design
  • design for print
  • computer graphics
  • multimedia design
  • animation and special effects
  • storyboarding and layout
  • bookworks
  • web and app design
  • game design

Art and Design (Photography)

Possible areas of study include:

  • photographing people
  • photographing places
  • still-life photography
  • documentary photography
  • photojournalism
  • experimental imagery
  • photographic installation
  • fashion photography
  • digital imaging
  • moving image (video, film, animation)

Art and Design (Three-Dimensional Design)

Possible areas of study include:

  • ceramics
  • sculpture
  • jewellery/body ornament
  • exhibition design
  • production design
  • performance design
  • interior design
  • product design
  • environmental design
  • architectural design
  • 3-D animation and puppet design and construction
  • furniture design
  • 3-D digital design

Units

AS Unit 1: Personal Creative Enquiry

Non-exam assessment

40% of A level qualification (100% of AS qualification)

The Personal Creative Enquiry consists of an extended, exploratory project/portfolio and outcome/s based on themes and subject matter which are personal and meaningful to the learner. The Enquiry must integrate critical, practical and theoretical work.

  • The critical, practical and theoretical work will be assessed holistically, using the assessment objectives. Learners will be required to select, evaluate and present their work for assessment.
  • The Personal Creative Enquiry will be determined by the learner and teacher, assessed by the teacher and externally moderated.
  • No time limit: duration to be determined by the centre.

A2 Unit 2: Personal Investigation

Non-exam assessment

36% of qualification

Consists of two integrated constituent parts:

  1. A major in-depth critical, practical and theoretical investigative Project / portfolio and outcome/s based on themes and subject matter that have personal significance.
  2. An extended written element of 1000 words minimum, which may contain images and texts and must clearly relate to practical and theoretical work using an appropriate working vocabulary and specialist terminology.
  • Both the practical/theoretical work and the written element will be assessed together using the assessment objectives. Learners will be required to select, evaluate and present their work for assessment.
  • The Personal Investigation will be determined by the learner and teacher, assessed by the teacher and externally moderated.
  • No time limit: duration to be determined by the centre

A2 Unit 3: Externally Set Assignment

Non-exam assessment

24% of qualification

Consists of two parts (see specification for full details):

Part 1: Preparatory study period

Part 2: 15 hour period of sustained focus work

Assessment objectives

The same four assessment objectives apply across both AS and A2 units. They are:

  • AO1: Develop ideas through sustained and focused investigations informed by contextual and other sources, demonstrating analytical and critical understanding.
  • AO2: Explore and select appropriate resources, media, materials, techniques and processes, reviewing and refining ideas as work develops.
  • AO3: Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions, reflecting critically on work and progress.
  • AO4: Present a personal and meaningful response that realises intentions and, where appropriate, makes connections between visual and other elements

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