Art, Craft and Design

Specification AQA

Qualification: A Level

This exciting course has been developed to allow students to actively experience a comprehensive range of Art and Design processes and contexts. Studying Art, Craft & Design builds and stretches your practical and theoretical skillset and allows you to work in very different ways compared to traditional subjects. The skills you develop are transferable and the independence and resilience you build will enhance all areas of your learning, all of which is highly sought after by future employers and it is worth noting that the creative industries are the fastest growing economic sector in the UK.

What will I study?

This A Level two unit award is a two year course.

  • Component 1: Portfolio (60% of A level)
  • Component 2: Externally set assignment (40% of A level)

You will take part in practical projects and skill development work. You will learn to carry out independent research from various sources whilst working on assignments, and to work to set questions. ICT will be widely used both for practical work, portfolio and written assignments.

How will I be assessed?

Each unit is assessed by either an external test or an assignment, which is internally set. All units are internally assessed by your teachers and moderated by the exam board.

Future Opportunities & Careers

Art, Craft & Design offers a wide array of career potential. You may be contemplating a career in advertising, media, film and television, publishing, architecture, graphics, museum and exhibition work, theatre design, interior design, art galleries, jewellery, fashion, photography, textiles or teaching Art and Design. This course is an excellent basis for Further/Higher Education courses, leading to a wide variety of careers in the Art and Design sector and will earn UCAS points that contribute to university admission requirements.

Entry Requirements

Grade 4 or better in GCSE Art.

Course expenses

Total cost for the first year of the course is £13, which purchases three A3 spiral bound sketchbooks, together with an A1 polythene folder. It is expected that all Art students will bring a set of drawing pencils, coloured pencils, eraser/putty rubber, pencil sharpener and black biro to all lessons.

 

Head of Department: Michael Fenton-Wilkinson

Email: Michael.fenton-wilkinson@gryphon.dorset.sch.uk

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