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Art, Craft and Design A level at Chatham Grammar School for Girls

Course description

Candidates will follow a course of integrated practical, critical and theoretical study using a variety of media and processes. Students follow an Art, Craft and Design course and may explore areas such as: Fine Art, Graphic Design, Photography, Textiles and 3D Design.  

Course content

Component 1 – Personal Investigation (60%) 

This is a practical investigation supported by written material. Students are required to conduct a practical investigation, into an idea, issue, concept or theme, supported by written material. The focus of the investigation must be identified independently by the student and must lead to a finished outcome or a series of related finished outcomes. The investigation should be a coherent, in-depth study that demonstrates the student’s ability to construct and develop a sustained line of reasoning from an initial starting point to a final realisation. The written element should be between 1000 and 3000 words.

Component 2 – Externally Set Assignment (40%)

Students respond to a stimulus, provided by AQA, to produce work which provides evidence of their ability to work independently within specified time constraints (15 hours of exam time).  They will develop a personal, meaningful response which addresses all of the assessment objectives and leads to a finished outcome, or series of outcomes.

Course Skills

•      Record experiences and observations, in a variety of ways using drawing or other appropriate visual forms; undertake research; and gather, select and organise visual and other appropriate information.

•      Explore relevant resources; analyse, discuss and evaluate images, objects and artefacts; and make and record independent judgment.

•      Use knowledge and understanding of the work of others to develop and extend thinking and inform own work. 

•      Generate and explore potential lines of enquiry using appropriate media and techniques.

•      Apply knowledge and understanding in making images and artefacts; review and modify work; and plan and develop ideas in the light of their own and others’ evaluations.

•      Organise, select and communicate ideas, solutions and responses, and present them in a range of visual, tactile and/or sensory forms.

Students can work entirely in digital media or entirely in non digital media, or in a mixture of both, provided the aims and assessment objectives are met.

Entry requirements

All students must obtain five C grade passes at GCSE. In addition the requirements for studying the subject are as follows: it is expected that students should achieve a B grade in Art and Design GCSE.  

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Chatham Grammar School for Girls directly.

Last updated date: 26 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September