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Art and Design

Arts, Media and Publishing

Arts, Media and Publishing
Arts, Media and Publishing

What will you be working towards?

Code 1
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


Art is a must for all creative, artistic students wishing to pursue a career in this huge and exciting field. You will develop skills through visual research and investigation, critical discussions in response to gallery visits, videos and topical events as well as your independent work. Graphic Design is a separate A Level and comprises 2D/3D design, illustration, packaging, typography and ideas generation.

You will develop your creative skills across a range of styles and forms, and also strengthen your skills of analysis and critical evaluation, both of your own and others’ work. You will also be offered the opportunity to learn about and visit diverse world-class art venues across London. The end of course exhibition will give you the chance to showcase your talent and hard work.


-Students must be introduced to a variety of experiences that explore a range of two-dimensional and/or three-dimensional media, processes and techniques. They should be made aware of both traditional and new media.  
Students should explore the use of drawing for different purposes, using a variety of methods and media on a variety of scales. Students may use sketchbooks/workbooks/journals to underpin their work where appropriate. 
Students should explore relevant images, artefacts and resources relating to a range of art, craft and design, from the past and from recent times, including European and non-European examples. This should be integral to the investigating and making processes. Students' responses to these examples must be shown through practical and critical activities that demonstrate their understanding of different styles, genres and traditions. 
Students should be aware of the four assessment objectives to be demonstrated in the context of the content and skills presented. They should be aware of the importance of process as well as product.

How will it be delivered?

There is synoptic assessment in both components of the A-level that provide stretch and challenge opportunities for students as follows: 

In Component 1, students develop work based on an idea, issue, concept or theme leading to a finished outcome or a series of related finished outcomes. Practical elements should make connections with some aspect of contemporary or past practice of artist(s), designer(s), photographers or craftspeople and include written work of no less than 1000 and no more than 3000 words which supports the practical work. 

In Component 2, students respond to a stimulus, provided by AQA, to produce work which provides evidence of their ability to work independently within specified time constraints, developing a personal and meaningful response which addresses all the assessment objectives and leads to a finished outcome or a series of related finished outcomes.

Entry requirements

Students who are creative and imaginative, enjoy developing ideas in a practical way and experimenting with a variety of materials and techniques. 

Students should have achieved a grade 4 or higher in English and Maths. They must also have achieved a grade 5 or higher in Art.

Your next steps...

Art and Design A level and further related study can lead to careers in the creative industries in the fields of fashion, gallery/ museum management, architecture, interior design, graphic design, film and TV design, jewellery design, theatre and set design.


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