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 should produce practical and critical/contextual work in one or more areas of study, for example portraiture, landscape photography, still life photography, documentary photography, photojournalism, fashion photography, experimental imagery, multimedia, photographic installation and moving image (video, film, animation).

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)

This programme of study is undertaken through learning activities on the school Virtual Learning platform with outcomes presented on electronic portfolio for assessment. Students are expected to work independently and utilise drop in sessions with staff to support their learning. They will be expected to respond to the genres of Portraiture, Landscape, Still Life and Documentary. Within these areas of study, students will develop their ability to explore elements of visual language in the context of Photography. Students will develop an appreciation of technical skills such as composition, aperture, shutter speed, ISO and post production through practical, contextual, technical and skills based online learning activities.

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.