AQA 7241/C and 7421/X
  • Students will follow AQA specification (7421) Art, Craft and Design which allows students to work in any appropriate media. This option gives a broad understanding of Art and Design. During the course students will experience opportunities to explore some or all of the following areas of practical art; drawing, painting, textiles, photography, ceramics, printmaking, sculpture and mixed media work depending on the direction the students wish to follow. Critical and Contextual studies are also a strong element of the course.

    The materials and methods used will be explored through two components of study;

    • Component 1: Coursework Portfolio (60% of AS)
    • Component 2: Externally Set Assignment (40% of AS)

    In Component 1 students are required to create a portfolio of work based on a given starting point or theme. They will be showing the broad range of skills they have explored and investigated in the initial stages of this unit and then an extended and developed collection of work which will demonstrate the students ability to develop an idea showing clear experimentation of materials, showing understanding of Art, Craft and Design by use of its formal language and use of appropriate practices in interpretation of their ideas. For Component 2, students are given 5 questions as a starting point. They will be given approximately 8 week in which to complete the project. During this time they will undertake a 10 hour exam to conclude their course.

  • Of the key skills, communication is integral to the study of AS and A2 Art, and will be assessed in the context of the subject through the mark scheme. Other key skills appropriate to the study of Art are Information Technology, Improving own Learning and Performance, Working with others and Problem Solving.

    As a predominately practical course, the emphasis is on making and investigating a wide range of skills and techniques directly related to the areas listed above. However, all practical work is underpinned with critical studies. Students are required to relate their own work to that of other artists and designers in both a contemporary and or historical context. Students will be encouraged to develop an interest in the world of Art and Design and develop an understanding of the nature of visual thinking and its appropriate language.

    It is emphasised that much of the work at AS and A2 demands personal interpretation and self-motivated learning; developing research into personal themes to achieve a resolved body of work.

  • 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.