Why study Art & Design?

  • Appreciation of visual aesthetics and understanding of how the formal elements of Art & Design inform and shape the ways in which we perceive everything.

  • The study of Art & Design develops analytical and critical thinking, encourages the development of ideas, refines recording skills and gives experience of a wide range of materials and techniques. This enables candidates to produce personal, informed and meaningful work of their own.

  • It is a very varied, interesting and challenging course that can lead to further study and a career in Art & Design specifically, or any career that requires creative thinking

Exam 60%
Exam 2 66%


What will I study?

  • Advanced Art & Design Component 1: Personal Investigation (60% of Advanced Art & Design).
  • Content: supporting studies, practical work and a personal study (minimum 1000 words of continuous prose).
  • Component 1 allows students the opportunity to generate and develop ideas, research primary and contextual sources, record observations and refine ideas towards producing resolved outcomes.
  • Internally set, internally marked and externally moderated.
  • Advanced Art & Design Component 2 Externally Set Assignment: (40% of Advanced Art & Design).
  • Externally set, internally marked and externally moderated (preparatory studies and 15 hour period of sustained focus).

How will I study?

Recording from direct observation & other sources, critical & contextual studies in Art, experimentation with materials & techniques, as well as producing skillful outcomes. The course includes seminars, workshops, presentations and individual work.

What do I need to start the course?

The minimum requirement for Advanced Art & Design is 5 GCSE’s (or equivalent) grade C or above, including English and one of the following subjects:

  • Art and Design;
  • Graphics;
  • Fashion

Where could it lead?

Art & Design develops a wide range of skills that will support any subject at degree level, including Fine Art, Graphics, Photography, Media and any subject that requires analytical thinking skills or the use of ICT. All careers in the Arts or Media will benefit from Art & Design, including Fine Art, Graphic Design, Illustration, Ceramics, Architecture, Fashion, Publishing, Advertising, Film, Television, Theatre, Conservation and Gallery or Museum.

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