AQA 7201/C and 7201/X
  • Students follow AQA specification 7201 (Art, Craft and Design) which is a continuation of the AS course. Again, it is devised to give a broad understanding of the possibilities within Art and Design. Students are to develop work undertaken during the 1st year of the course, building on their strengths as art practitioners. There are two components of study in A2 which follow on from the work undertaken in the AS/ Year 1 ; Component 1 (Personal Investigation) and Component 2: Externally set assignment.

    In Component 1 students undertake a Personal investigation. This is a practical unit with written elements in which students are expected to develop a personal investigation based on an idea, issue, concept or theme leading to a finished piece or pieces. Students will be required to submit written work in support of the practical unit approximately 3000 words. For Component 1, students are given approximately 8 weeks preparation time in advance of the 15 hours controlled examination to conclude their course.

    Both units are displayed in an exhibition in May.

  • Skills required and within the relevant disciplines are taught in response to need and through workshop sessions. Please see the AS section.

  • The course is designed to give students a great deal of choice. Students will be encouraged to work towards their strengths as an artist, though certain elements of the course will need to be fulfilled

  • Courses are usually taught by two teachers, though all teachers are available for help.

  • Students should have studied Art to GCSE level e.g. Portfolio of Artwork to include evidence of high standard of drawing, painting and evidence of visiting galleries, museums in spare time. In exceptional cases, the department will accept students who can provide evidence of an aptitude for the subject.

  • The course is examined on the two components. Component 1 is internally set and Component is externally set; both are externally moderated. Students must complete all Components, whilst maintaining work journals throughout the course. The work is displayed in an end of course exhibition in May.

    There are four equally weighted assessment objectives, of which a mark out of 96 is awarded to each component. These objectives relate to the students ability to:

    1. Develop ideas through sustained and focused investigations informed by contextual and other sources, demonstrating analytical and critical understanding.
    2. Explore and select appropriate resources, media, materials, techniques and processes, reviewing and refining ideas as work develops.
    3. Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions, reflecting critically on work and progress.
    4. Present a personal and meaningful response that realises intentions and, where appropriate, makes connections between visual and other elements.
  • Art and Design education is concerned primarily with developing personal thought and visual approaches to their environment. Developing skills in visual, oral and written language, students build strong abilities in problem solving and analysis. After studying Art at A- level, they are in a strong position for further study or work. Students could develop their skills in Art through a foundation course and consequently a degree specialising in one area of Art, Craft and Design indicated below:

    Architecture, town planning. Graphic Design / Visual communication e.g. advertising and publicity design, film and video production, animation, illustration.

    Three Dimensional Design and Interior Design e.g. jewellery, ceramics, plastics and furniture design, product design, theatre and television set creation and design, industrial design and engineering.

    Textiles and Fashion e.g. fashion design, costume design for the theatre, cinema and television, fashion illustration and photography, weaving, textile design. Fine Art e.g. field of museum and gallery curatorship, community arts, teaching, picture restoration and conservation, working as individual artists such as a printmaker, sculptor, painter or photographer.

    Art is also accepted as a complementary subject for those who wish to continue with it alongside the sciences or humanities. You may decide to work in the area of arts policy making and funding e.g. Arts Council England and regional funding organisations. The Art course contains a great deal of analysis, research and independent study. It is viewed highly by all universities and is an acceptable course for most degrees.