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Art, Craft and Design at Key Stage 5

Syllabus: A level Art, Craft and Design 

Course Code: AQA 7241

Website: www.aqa.org.uk

What is the course about?

This is a broad-based course exploring practical, critical and contextual work through a range of 2D and/or 3D processes and media.

Art, craft and design gives you the skills and knowledge to create personal and imaginative work. You can choose to focus on a specialist area of study from a variety of exciting processes and media to suit your individual interests and abilities. This can result in degree opportunities and careers ranging from painting portraits to producing exotic fashion costumes or designing futuristic architecture. If you have an adventurous, creative and enquiring mind and are excited by shaping and determining the visual world around us, there is a career opportunity waiting for you.

What are the entry requirements?

Students should have achieved 7 A*- C grades at GCSE including English and Maths and a specialist area either Art, Photography, Graphic or Textiles at least a Level 5

What will be covered?

You will specialise in one of these four areas.

Art, craft and design course content

Fine art: Drawing, painting, mixed media, sculpture, ceramics, installation, printmaking, moving image (video, film, animation) and photography.

Graphic communication: Advertising, design for print, illustration, communication graphics, branding, multimedia, motion graphics, design for film and television.

Textile design: Fashion textiles, printed and/or dyed fabrics and materials, domestic textiles, wallpaper, constructed textiles, art textiles and installed textiles.

Photography: Portraiture, landscape photography, still life photography, documentary photography, photojournalism, fashion photography, experimental imagery, multimedia, photographic installation and moving image.

How will the course be assessed?

At A-level for component 1 you will develop work for a personal investigation into an idea, issue, concept or theme supported by written material. This will count for 60% of your total A-level marks.

In component 2 you will produce personal work in response to one of eight starting points which will count for 40% of your total A-level marks.

The assessments will measure how students have achieved the following assessment objectives:

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.