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Art, Craft & Design at Abraham Darby Academy

Course description

The Art, Craft & Design course has been designed to develop students as artists and designers. From an early stage students are encouraged to create work in their own individual style through workshop sessions in class time and critical study assignments at home and during study periods. Students explore a wide range of techniques, some may be new to students - but all are explored to a greater depth at A-Level. The range of Artists, Designers and Craftspeople students will study is broad, ranging from traditional to contemporary. Students will explore the work as well as the context it was produced in and also any moral or social issues that may arise.


Art is a part of everyday life, the things we see, hear and read have all been designed by somebody, somewhere. This subject enables the student to develop a greater awareness of Art as a visual language in today’s modern society.


Course content

Pupils study the AQA Art, Craft & Design syllabus.


Year12 Art, Craft & Design AQA 7241

Year 13 Art, Craft & Design AQA 7201


Unit 1 – Coursework Portfolio

This consists of a selected body of presented work which should show the variety and skills each student is capable of. It should contain appropriate work showing the development of ideas from initial starting points as well as selected contextual references.


Unit 2 – Externally Set Assignment

The question paper will consist of a choice of five questions to be used as starting points. Students are required to select one.

Following the preparatory period, students must complete 10 hours of unaided, supervised time. In the 10 hours students must produce a finished outcome or a series of related finished outcomes, informed by their preparatory work.


Unit 3 – Personal Investigation

This is a practical unit with a written element. Students are required to develop work in response to a theme, idea, issue or concept which will then lead to a final piece or pieces. The written element needs to be between 1000 and 3000 words.


Unit 4 – Externally set Assignment

You will be given a choice of 8 questions from which you will select one and create a body of work in response. Following a period of preparation time you will then produce a final piece/pieces in a supervised period of 15 hours.

Entry requirements

You will need at least five 9-5 grades at GCSE to include Art or Distinction level at BTEC. You will also require a 5/6 in English and Mathematics. These are guidelines only and every student’s application will be treated on an individual basis.

Future opportunities

Students with A-level Art will have the skills needs to progress on to Art College to do foundation or foundation degree level courses. Students may decide to go and study a specialist area within Art, for example sculpture or photography at a higher level – ready for progressing onto university. Art, Craft and Design provides a base for many different career paths – Art history, Museum curatorship, Media, Graphic Design, Fashion Industries, Product Design, Education, and Media – are just some of the pathways commonly followed.

Further information

This course will enable you to:


  • develop your enjoyment and skill base through the variety of workshop style sessions

  • be creative with your ideas and the freedom to explore more individual concepts

  • explore and experience the Art world and make informed opinions and judgements about the work you study using the written word

  • gain a better understanding of Art history and the influences of Art on culture and style.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 30 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years