Art, Craft and Design- A broad-based course exploring practical and critical/ contextual work through a range of 2D and/ or 3D processes. In both AS and A2 courses the Portfolio/Personal Investigation carries 60% of the total marks and the Controlled Assessment carries 40% of the total marks:

The skills you will develop will be varied. Among them, will be a working knowledge of materials, practices and technology within art. You will develop the skills to interpret and convey your ideas and feelings using art, craft and design. You will develop your imaginative and creative powers and your experimental, analytical and documenting skills.

Component 1: Portfolio of work  (96 marks, 60% of AS) No Time Limit
Component 2: Externally set Assignment Preparatory period + 15 hours supervised
96 marks, 40% of A level

Students will develop their understanding of meaning, function, style, scale, colour and content in relation to the chosen area(s) of Graphic Communication. They will explore intended audiences or purposes and respond to an issue, concept or idea, working to a brief. Students will develop appropriate use of typography, signs and symbols.

Students should produce practical and critical/ contextual work in one or more areas of study, for example, interactive media (including web, app and game design), advertising, packaging design, design for print, illustration, communication graphics, banding, multimedia, motion graphics, design for film and television. 

Component 1: Portfolio (No Time Limit, 96 Marks, 60% of the AS)
Component 2: Externally set Assignment (Preparatory period +10 hours supervised, 96 marks, 40% of AS)

Component 1: Personal Investigation (No time limit, 96 marks, 60% of the A level)
Component 2: Externally Set Assignment (Preparatory period + 15 hours supervised
96 marks, 40% of A level)

The most important reason for choosing this course is enjoyment of the subject, and many pupils go on to complete art and design or architecture courses.

Jobs directly related to your Art study may include Art Therapist, Community Arts Worker, Fashion Designer, Fine Artist, Graphic Designer, Illustrator, Print Maker, and Textile Designer.
Jobs where your course would be useful include Advertising Account Executive, Arts Administrator, Multimedia Specialist and Museum/Gallery Curator.