A Level Art, Craft & Design

“Art speaks where words are unable to explain.”

  Pam Holland, Textile Artist, Photographer, Author and Illustrator

What will I study?
Students have the freedom to work with a wide range of 2D and 3D materials and techniques. This gives you the opportunity to work to your strengths and to develop your creative and visual skills in areas such as surface design, painting, textiles and photography. You may want to use mixed media and develop your work using materials most suited to your ideas.

Year 12
Unit 1 Skills based workshops in Year 12 ( Sept – Dec )
Unit 1 Coursework (September Year 12-Jan in Year 13 – 60%) ​

  • Contemporary and tradition art  techniques in 2D and 3D skill based workshops
  • Selection of a personal portfolio theme for their personal coursework unit. It allows students to have the opportunity to generate ideas and research from primary and contextual sources, record their findings, experiment with media and processes and develop and refine their ideas towards producing a series of outcomes. It incorporates practical work and a personal study.

Year 13
Unit 2: Externally Set Assignment (40%) Feb – May in Year 13
Students will be set a question or theme by AQA. They have an extended preparatory period in which to develop their ideas before a 15 hour examination.

What do I need to study the course ?
GCSE Grade 6 or above in Art or Art Textiles. Alternatively a Merit or above in BTEC Art.
Also, Level 4 in English Language.
​Any student who does not meet these requirements would need to meet with the Head of Art.

How will I be assessed ?
All work is internally assessed and externally moderated.

Where will A Level Art, Craft & Design lead me?
Students who have studied this subject at The Holy Cross Sixth Form often go on to an Art Foundation Course followed by  degrees in Fine Art, Graphic Design, History of Art and Architecture.  The ability to communicate visually makes students good candidates for careers in advertising, marketing, events organising and public relations, which students regularly progress on to.