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Art and Design: A Level Fine Art (AQA) at The Howard School

Course description

This Art & Design qualification is the ‘gateway’ option to a career in the Creative Industries, entry to the University of the Creative Arts, and provides valuable UCAS points for alternative Higher Education Degrees. The wide ranging portfolio that you are required to produce to gain a high grade in Art & Design is the ideal portfolio to gain entry into higher education then a career into any one of the Creative Industries; one of the UK’s fastest growing industries and currently around 9% of the UK’s GDP.

Applications made to The Howard School can be made by both male and female students.


Course content

This is a two year linear course with two components:

- a practical ‘Personal Investigation’ into a specific area of the Arts with an academic written related study (60% of your final grade)

- an externally set exam (structured around the skills, knowledge and understanding developed throughout the course) with an ‘early release’ question paper giving you time to fully prepare for the final practical exam at the end of the course (40% of your final grade).

Entry requirements

You will need to have Art & Design or Fine Art GCSE grade C or above to do this course.


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.

Future opportunities

There is a continued demand for skilled, creative, mature image producers, who understand the principles of visual communication. This is hardly surprising with image production at the centre of all visual interactive media; graphic design, web & app development, film and animation, set and model design for TV, film and theatre, special effects, architecture and interior design, gaming design, publishing, journalism, fashion and textile design, 3D design, branding, packaging design, text design, editorial, interactive design, advertising and so on.

This course offers you the diversity and range of disciplines demanded by the industry, allowing you to develop expertise in key areas and keep your options open.

You'll be continually encouraged to develop your creativity, take risks and think both laterally and imaginatively so that you can produce a high quality creative portfolio, a necessity for entry into the Creative Industries or your chosen Art & Design Higher Education degree.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 02 December 2016

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