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Art and Design A level at Stanground Academy

Course description

The AQA Art and Design Fine art course offers an introduction to a variety of experiences that explore a range of fine art media, processes and techniques. You will be made aware of both traditional and new media.

Course content

You will explore the use of drawing for different purposes, using a variety of methods and media on a variety of scales. You may use sketchbooks/workbooks/journals to underpin your work where appropriate.

You 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. Responses to these examples must be shown through practical and critical activities that demonstrate your understanding of different styles, genres and traditions.

You will be required to work in one or more area(s) of fine art, such as those listed below. They may explore overlapping areas and combinations of areas:

• drawing and painting

• mixed-media, including collage and assemblage

• sculpture

• ceramics

• installation

• printmaking (relief, intaglio, screen processes and lithography)• moving image and photography.t T is 

Entry requirements

5 A* - B at GCSE including grade 5 or above in English and maths and grade C or above in an art or design based subject.


You should be aware of the four assessment objectives to be demonstrated in the context of the content and skills presented. You should be aware of the importance of process as well as product.

The assessments will measure how you have achieved the following assessment objectives:

• AO1: Develop ideas through sustained and focused investigations informed by contextual and other sources, demonstrating analytical and critical understanding.

• AO2: Explore and select appropriate resources, media, materials, techniques and processes, reviewing and refining ideas as work develops.

• AO3: Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions, reflecting critically on work and progress.

• AO4: Present a personal and meaningful response that realises intentions and, where appropriate,

makes connections between visual and other elements.

Portfolio of personal investigation – 60%

Externally set examination - 40%


Future opportunities

Successful completion of this course enables you to progress to higher qualifications ie. Degree courses and foundation courses in Fine art, graphics, illustration, computer art, fashion design, interior design, 3d design architecture and photography.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Stanground Academy directly.

Last updated date: 16 December 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years