Examination Board:  OCR

A-level Art and Design provides students with opportunities to develop personal responses to ideas, observations, experiences, environments and cultures in practical, critical and contextual forms.  This four-unit specification, two at AS level and two at A2, requires students to develop their ability to show a range of skills. 

  • In Year 12, the Personal Investigation begins in response to given starting points.
  • The Personal investigation has two integrated elements: a portfolio of practical work and a related written study which explores the context in which their chosen practical area of study exists.
  • In Year 13, students will respond to an externally set task with a range of themes, open to all specialisms. Each theme offers a choice of textual and visual starting points, briefs and stimuli.

Specific requirements

Grade 6 in GCSE Art

What will I study?

Topics covered

Year 12 -13

A Level:

  • In Year 12, the Personal Investigation begins in response to given starting points.
  • The Personal investigation has two integrated elements: a portfolio of practical work and a related written study which explores the context in which their chosen practical area of study exists.
  • In Year 13, students will respond to an externally set task with a range of themes, open to all specialisms. Each theme offers a choice of textual and visual starting points, briefs and stimuli.

 

Skills gained/developed

Year 12/13

A Level:

  • Investigative, analytical, experimental, practical, technical and expressive skills, aesthetic understanding and critical judgement.
  • Independence of mind in developing, refining and communicating their own ideas, their own intentions and their own personal outcomes.
  • The 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.

Where does it lead?

GCE/A/S and A Level

The A2 course is designed to directly support progression to further and higher education, and provide students with a rich platform to inspire a lifelong interest in Art and Design.