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Art and design

Course outline

A Level Art and Design provides students with opportunities to develop personal responses to
ideas, observations, experiences, environments and cultures in practical, critical and contextual forms. This two-unit specification requires students to develop their ability to show a range of skills. These include: independence of mind in developing their own ideas; an interest and enthusiasm for art and design; the experience of working with a range of media, including traditional and new media and technologies; an awareness of different roles, functions,
audiences and consumers of art and design practice.

The tasks are set by AQA, marked by the school or college and moderated by AQA.

This course is particularly suitable for students who wish to study art and design or a related subjects at a higher level or who wish to pursue a career in the arts.

Course content

  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Fashion
  • Textiles
  • Stitch
  • Digital art
  • Large scale installations,
  • Mixed media
  • Sculpture
  • Written work

Pupils will be required to create a portfolio of work using sketchbooks and folders, a starter pack is purchased from school and then all materials are provided by the school. Trips are also organised so that pupils can see first-hand the work of other artists.

Working artists come into school and provide specialist workshops to develop independent practice. They can also give portfolio critiques and interview preparation for arts university.

Entry requirements

A good standard of English of a grade 5 or above. A GCSE in art and/or photography is preferred. 

Someone who is passionate about the arts, filled with creativity and has the ability to analyse contextual issues alongside practical studies with professionalism.

Career / higher education opportunities

Progression to further study, careers in art and design, graphics, advertisement, media, illustration, fashion and textiles, community arts and wider creative industries. A platform for continuing onto university, art college and industry opportunities.

Course specification

AQA Art, Craft and Design

Student view

“I really enjoy being able to express myself in any way I choose. I have ownership over my work and I am able to specialise in my preferred medium. Art allows me to be who I want to be." Olivia, Year 13