Course Content

This course allows students to investigate artists, techniques and creative processes across a broad range of art, craft and design based disciplines. Students are encouraged to trial both new and traditional media and experiment across different art specialisms before developing personalised outcomes.

Sketchbooks are used to capture and document this work, unique for each student.

Art, Craft and Design is inclusive of all art specialisms and allows students to explore fine art, graphic communication, textile design, 3D design, and photography.

Students will develop transferable and employable skills such as; critical thinking, problem solving and research based practice.

Y12 Assessment

In Year 12 students will have starting points through a series of mini projects starting with skills based workshops before moving onto completing independent research on a chosen theme . These workshops will cover a variety of techniques such as print making, drawing and multimedia work. Students are expected to create resolved outcomes informed by their research and practical work.

Students will work in sketchbooks and participate in group critiques as well as 1:1 discussions. The ag6 art room is open to students throughout the day to support independent work. Students have the opportunity to work with practising artists and to go on trips and gallery visits many of which are cross-curricular in nature. Students also have access to engage in extracurricular events and opportunities as part of their wider ag6 experience.

Y13 Assessment

Component 1: Personal Investigation (60% of final mark)

Students choose an area to explore based around a central theme of their choosing. This involves research into practitioners they find inspiring, and experimentation leading to the refining of work through numerous developmental pieces. This will be resolved through a series of final outcomes, supported by a coherent and logically structured extended response of between 1000 and 3000 words of continuous prose.

Component 2: Externally set task (40% of final mark)

Students respond to a stimulus, provided by AQA, and 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.

1: Personal InvestigationPractical and supporting written materialNo time limit, but usually completed by Feb of Y1360%
2: Externally set assignmentPracticalPreparatory period + 15 hours supervised time40%

Key Info

  • Start Date: September 2024
  • Awarding Body: AQA
  • Study Mode: Full Time
  • Course Length: 2 Years

Entry Requirements

Complementary Subjects

Career Opportunities