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Art and Design at Ysgol Gyfun Dyffryn Teifi

Course description

The new AS and A level specification is an exciting development for Art and Design. This specification is designed to provide opportunity for candidates to gain a sequential and incremental experience of Art & Design from a broad introductory foundation of art, craft and design at AS, through to greater specialism and achievement at A level. Candidates may choose to follow an AS course exclusively, in which case the programme of study should be complete and worthwhile in itself. They may choose to carry the AS experiences forward into the full A level programme of study.
Art & Design at AS and A level has been designed for a wide range of candidates. It is particularly suitable for those who enjoy painting, drawing, print-making, constructing, modelling, fabricating, making, investigating, handling traditional and/or contemporary media, materials, techniques and tools, inventing, improvising, planning and designing and using historical and contemporary influences and references.

ART AND DESIGN: Art, Craft & Design (Unendorsed)
Unendorsed Art, Craft and Design enables candidates to demonstrate their ability to undertake work through a broad course exploring practical and contextual work through a range of 2D and/or 3D pro-cesses and media. This includes Fine Art, Critical & Contextual Studies, Textile Design, 3D Design and photography.
The purpose of unendorsed study is to promote learning across a variety of experiences and though various processes, tools, techniques, materials and resources to generate different kinds of evidence of working and outcomes. Candidates will be given exploratory experience of working within different processes and disciplines.
ART AND DESIGN: Art & Design: Textile Design
Endorsed Art & Design Textiles allows candidates to focus on working with textiles. The purpose of endorsed study is to provide the opportunity to study in suitable depth and with a particular focus on a more specialised aspect of the subject. Candidates’ experiences with techniques, tools, materials, resources and contextual sources will generate evidence of specific creative activities and outcomes that cover a variety of processes within the same title. These include fashion design, costume design, installed textiles, printing techniques to fabric, both hand and machine techniques, woven, embroidery and recycling potential.
The candidates’ ability to be creative, imaginative and to communicate in visual and spatial form should be challenged and extended throughout the course. This should build upon their National Curriculum experiences at key stage four through Art & Design GCSE and Textiles GCSE where appropriate.

Course content

At AS these are incorporated as assessment objective headings as follows:
 contextual understanding;  reflective recording;
 creative making;  personal presentation.
At A level the headings are the same but the content should reflect increased challenge through:
 greater specialisation in a particular medium or process;
 extended development of particular themes, ideas or issues;
 further theoretical research;
 increased requirements to demonstrate understanding through integrated practical and written forms and other means of communication;
 more rigorous exploration of an interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary approach.

Coursework portfolio
 demonstrating different processes developed from personal starting points

Controlled assignment
 externally set assignment demonstrating personal intentions during a continuous period of focused study and supervised and timed eight hour controlled test

Personal Investigation
 A coursework unit of work based around themes and subject matter developed from personal starting points.
 Candidates must communicate their understanding through integrated images and texts that include a written element of no less than one thousand words

Controlled assignment
 Supervised timed assignment responding to an externally set stimulus through a period of focused study.
 Controlled test presented to candidates in February with twelve hours supervised time between March and late April.

Sketchbooks and/or workbooks should be an integral part of the candidate’s submission for every element of the coursework portfolio, personal investigation and controlled assignments. They may be presented in any appropriate format such as a visual diary, contextual notebook or design sourcebook. A sketchbook/workbook provides opportunities for enquiry and exploration of visual and other sources and ideas. It should be regarded as a day-to-day companion that is personal to the candidate, providing ideas and potential starting points that may initiate and inform other coursework activities. A sketchbook should be essentially concerned with discovering and developing processes as the clearest independent indicator of connecting and personalising and providing evidence of a mature personal response.
Quality of written communication
Quality of written communication must be addressed where appropriate in all units, and specifically where appropriate in all units, and specifically in a one thousand word support for the Personal Investigation, Unit 3.
Candidates must ensure that text is legible and that spelling, punctuation and grammar are accurate so that meaning is clear, select and use a form and style of writing appropriate to purpose and to complex subject matter; organise information clearly and coherently, using specialist vocabulary when appropriate.


Art & Design will be 100% internally marked and externally moderated. Both the AS and A level controlled assignments will be externally set, internally assessed and externally moderated.
Assessment consists of two units for an AS award, to which are added a further two units (A level) for an A level award. The AS and A level units will have an equal weighting when they are aggregated to produce an A level award. Assessment will be completed and marked internally at different times during the course (‘staged assessment’).
The assessment objectives and the associated weightings for AS and A level in Art & Design are the same. All candidates are required to meet the following:
AO1 develop their ideas through sustained and focused investigations informed by contextual and other sources, demonstrating analytical and critical understanding.
AO2 experiment with and select appropriate resources, media, materials, techniques and processes, reviewing and refining their ideas as their work develops.
AO3 record in visual and/ or other forms ideas, observations and insights relevant to their intentions, demonstrating an ability to reflect on their work and progress.
AO4 present a personal, informed and meaningful response demonstrating critical understanding, realising intentions and, where appropriate, making connections between visual, written, oral or other elements.

Future opportunities

Career prospects for students studying art and design have increased dramatically in recent years. Indeed there are few areas of our working or home life which have not been influenced by the work of artists, designers and craftspeople. It is possible to study for var-ious diplomas and degrees in Art Colleges and Universities. These vary between practical and academic studies.
Opportunities for employment exist in Architecture, Art therapy, Advertising, Illustration, Computer Aided Design, Photography, Painting, Packaging, Corporate ID, Animation, Multimedia, Fashion Designer, Fashion Buyer, Graphic Design, Printed/Woven Textiles, Surface Pattern, Costume Design, Jewellery, Sculpture, Ceramics, Stained Glass, 3D Design, Interior Design, Theatre Set Design, Product/Industrial Design, Transport Design, Fine Art, Gallery Work, Exhibition Organiser, Restoration and Teaching.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ysgol Gyfun Dyffryn Teifi directly.

Last updated date: 31 July 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September