Art & Design

Fine Art, 3D Design, Textiles or Graphics A Levels

Examination Board: AQA

Specification: 7202, 7203, 7204, 7205

Course Leader: Mrs F Raleigh

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What Will I Study?

A level Art and Design explores many of the techniques, processes and concepts behind traditional and contemporary art. It gives students a range of skills, the ability to think in depth about the concepts and ideas underpinning great art and a critical approach towards the presentation and quality of their own work.

Students may choose up to two of these courses, Fine Art, 3D Design, Textiles or Graphics. These courses are well suited to pairing with other A Levels, vocational courses including photography or critical
and contextual studies.

During year 12 students develop their ability to use materials, techniques and processes through intense experimentation, guided by in depth research into historical and contemporary starting points.

In the second half of year 12 and the first term of year 13, students complete a ‘Personal Investigation’ component in which they apply the skills they have developed through an independently designed project which combines practical and written elements. In year 13 the students complete
an externally set (exam) project which comprises 40% of the overall assessment.

Entry Requirements

Students require a Grade 5 or above in GCSE Art and Design.


Formative assessment takes place throughout the course with feedback, group critiques and learning conversations used to drive progress. The exam takes place at the end of the second year and is externally moderated by AQA.

Where Next?

A level Art and Design can be used as a bridge to Further Education courses such as National Diploma, higher National Diploma or Foundation Art and Design, or higher education courses such as degrees in various disciplines of art; such as fine art, illustration and so forth. It is also an excellent grounding in practical skills which can lead to work based learning and internships.