Art, craft and design A Level at St Laurence School
The course will enable you to develop:
Your intellectual, imaginative, creative and intuitive capabilities
investigative, analytical, experimental, practical, technical and expressive skills,
aesthetic understanding and critical judgement
independence of mind in developing, refining and communicating your own ideas, your own
intentions and your own personal outcomes
an interest in, enthusiasm for and enjoyment of art, craft and design
your experience of working with a broad range of media
an understanding of the interrelationships between art, craft and design processes and an
awareness of the contexts in which they operate
knowledge and experience of real-world contexts and, where appropriate, links
to the creative industries
knowledge and understanding of art, craft, design and media and technologies in
contemporary and past societies and cultures
an awareness of different roles, functions, audiences and consumers of art, craft and
In order to study Art, craft and design you should have studied art, graphics or product design at
GCSE. You will need to be prepared to develop your own ideas from a starting point provided, study
and analyse the work of other artists and to be able to independently refine and review your own
work throughout the course. An enjoyment and interest in the creative process (both practical and
critical) is essential. Students will initially learn and experience a range of skills and techniques, but
will be expected to develop their ideas independently with support and guidance from teachers.
The course is made up of two components, both equally weighted:
Component 1: a portfolio of development work based on themes and ideas developed from
personal starting points and an outcome (final piece).
Component 2: preparatory studies containing development work and a ten hour sustained exam in
which students create their outcome (final piece).
Development work will include: Drawing, visual research, artist research, annotation, exploring
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Laurence School directly.