Media Elements

Art & Design – Art or Photography

Art & Design

Examination Board:  AQA                                               

Specification code:  8201


The new course will allow pupils to include one or more of the following components in their studies:

- Art, craft and design

- Fine art

- Textile design

- Three dimensional design

- Photography



60% portfolio

40% 10 hour supervised externally set assignment


Pupils work on their coursework (60% overall) over the entire two years. There is also an externally set assignment (40% overall), which begins in January of Year 11. This effectively means that all work produced contributes towards the ultimate grade. As well as work covered in class pupils are expected to complete further investigations in their own time, and there will be at least one such piece of research or drawing each week.


The course is broken down into four assessment objectives, for which evidence of each must be included in the portfolio:

  1. Develop ideas through investigations, demonstrating critical understanding of sources.

  2.    Refine work by exploring ideas, selecting and experimenting with appropriate media, materials, techniques and processes.

  1. Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions as work progresses.

  4.    Present a personal and meaningful response that realises intentions and demonstrates understanding of visual language.

The course allows for an individual response to Art and Design themes, and an emphasis is placed on showing how ideas have developed from a starting point to their final realisation. There will be visits to galleries and exhibitions both locally and in London/other cities. This should help pupils to make critical and informed judgements which show sensitivity and aesthetic appreciation.

During the course pupils will gain confidence in various media and begin to develop a style that best expresses what they want to communicate.  It is important that they show personal development, improvement and commitment. 

Mrs C Howard BA