|Examination Board||Cambridge International Examinations|
|Entry Requirements||IGCSE Art & Design Grade B|
Opting to take ‘A’ Level Art and Design could open you up to a multitude of industries that require the skills and talents of creative people. Perhaps you aspire to be a Graphic Designer, or a Freelance Illustrator, work in the Advertising industry, become an Architect, evolve as the next best Fashion Designer, design furniture, learn to become a special effects artist or animator for film, design the next generation of games for the games and computing industry, theatre designer, art therapist, car designer, landscape architect, interior designer, or a teacher of art or artist. The ‘A’ Level Art and Design course is essential for those who want a creative career, but equally many universities except students who have taken A Level Art, but may wish to pursue a degree and career in a different direction. The course aims to promote and encourage students to become more confident and individual learners, who can; independently think, research and organise work, observe and record from first hand experiences, develop an ability to experiment and take risks, be innovative, imaginative, intuitive, develop ideas to create solutions to design problems, evaluate their own practice and the practice of others, communicate concepts and feelings, all skills which are valued in the job market. Equally you may decide to take Art as an AS option to give you a wider breadth of subjects, particularly if your main choices are mainly academic.
Course Structure and Assessment
The overall ‘A’ Level Art and Design Course is divided into 4 Components.
- AS Level – Component 2 Coursework, followed by Component 1 Controlled Test.
- A Level – Component 3 Coursework followed by Component 4 Personal Study.
For AS Components 1 and 2 comprise the AS award, and consist of:
Component 1: The Controlled Test is set and issued by Cambridge in January of Year 12 (Term 2), finishing in April of Year 12 (Term 3) with a 15 hour controlled test/exam, which is assessed by Cambridge. During the time between January to April students work on their preparatory work and complete a final outcome in the 15 hours exam in April. This is worth 60% of an AS grade or 30% of an A Level grade. In total students will produce no more than 2 sheets or 4 sides, no larger than A1 of preparatory material, plus their outcome/s in the 15 hour exam.
Component 2: The Coursework element of the AS begins in September of Year 12 (Term 1), although IGCSE students who have chosen AS Art and Design will be given a summer homework task prior to the course in June/July. The Coursework finishes in December of Year 12 the end of Term 1 and is assessed by the Art Department and moderated by Cambridge. This is worth 40% of an AS grade or 20% of an A Level grade. Students produce up to 4 sheets, no larger than A1 of preparatory material and a final outcome or outcomes.
For A Level Components 3 and 4 comprise the A Level award and are as follows:
Component 3: The Coursework element of the A Level begins in September of Year 13 (Term 1), although AS students who have chosen A Level Art and Design will be given a summer homework task prior to the course in June/July. The Coursework finishes in December of Year 13 the end of Term 1 and is assessed by the Art Department and moderated by Cambridge. This is worth 30% of an A Level grade. Students produce up to 10 sheets or 20 sides, no larger than A1 of preparatory material, a sketchbook and a final outcome or outcomes.
Component 4: The Personal Study is a student led, self-directed area of critical and visual appraisal or theoretical/practical investigation in written/visual form, presented in any format of no more than 3500 words, maximum A1 in size. It does not necessarily have to relate to previous work. The Personal Study begins in January of Year 13 (Term 2) and finishes in April of Year 13 (Term 3) and is assessed by Cambridge. This is worth 20% of an A Level grade.