ART & Design

Course Outline

The WJEC AS and A level course in Art and Design has been designed to provide engaging and innovative creative learning experiences, where art, craft and design practice is meaningfully integrated with theoretical knowledge and understanding.

Qualification Information:

Level: AS/A2
Syllabus: WJEC
Duration: 1 Year for AS. 2 Years for A2

‘A’ Level Art, Craft and Design allows you to study any element of Art from Fashion to 3D, Fine art and Sculpture. The course is divided into 3 units over the 2 years. These units consist of a personal creative enquiry, a personal investigation and an externally set examination.

Entry Requirements

GCSE Art and Design - Grade C or higher.

Have a good level of drawing ability and a passion for art and design.

What Will I Study?

Year 12
The course consists of two project which will be ‘Formal Elements’ and ‘Social and Cultural Issues’. You will have the freedom to look at artists which link to these projects and inform your ideas, using a wide range of media for experimentation and investigation. These will then culminate in final artworks in the media you choose and which link to all of your research

Year 13
In the first part of the course you will choose a topic that you will investigate which links to your Year 12 work. The set-up of studying artists and investigating, experimenting with ideas, culminating in a final artwork will be the same. You will also write an essay split into shorter units about your chosen artists and your investigation.

The second part will consist of choosing a question/project and producing a sketchbook of work in the same style as your projects. You will then make your final artwork.

How Will I Be Assessed?

Unit 1: An extended, exploratory project based on themes and subject matter which are personal and meaningful to the learner. The Personal Creative Enquiry will be determined by the learner and teacher, assessed by the teacher and externally moderated. Duration of project to be determined by your teacher.

Unit 2: Consists of two integrated parts.
1. A major in-depth critical, practical and theoretical investigative project based on themes and subject matter that have personal significance.
2. An extended written element of 1000 words minimum.

Unit 3: Consists of two integrated parts.
1. Preparatory study period
2. 15 hour period of sustained focus work

Career Opportunities & Progression

Further studies and jobs in areas of design including: foundation course, BA in Arts and an MA in Arts. Job areas include painter, sculptor, ceramicist, film and stage design, architecture, 3D design, animation, gaming design and many more.