Park Lane Academy

Option-Art-Craft and Design

AQA Art, Craft and Design

Outline of Subject: The GCSE in Art, Craft and Design is a broad and flexible course that requires students to develop an appreciation of the creative process through a practical response, using a variety of two-dimensional and three-dimensional materials, techniques and processes. Students explore critically how artists, craftspeople and designers from diverse cultures, times and societies have arrived at solutions and communicated meaning using the formal elements. Students should use this knowledge when developing new ideas, recording observations and creating outcomes which fully realise their personal intentions.

How will I learn?

You will demonstrate the ability to:

  • develop your ideas through investigations informed by selecting and critically analysing sources
  • apply an understanding of relevant practices in the creative and cultural industries to your work
  • refine your ideas as work progresses through experimenting with media, materials, techniques and processes
  • record your ideas, observations, insights and independent judgements, visually and through written annotation, using appropriate specialist vocabulary, as work progresses
  • use visual language critically as appropriate to your own creative intentions and chosen area(s) of study through effective and safe use of media, materials, techniques, processes and technologies Unit 1 –Coursework -2 research projects with different titles, showing evidence of at least two different specialisms.

Unit 2 –Exam – 1 Independent research project

Work for both unit 1 and unit 2 can be presented in sketchbook form, on design sheets of in folders. Final pieces can take any form.

Where will it take me?  This subject can lead to further study at A level at college and be a foundation to pursuing an Art, Craft or Design based degree at University level.

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