Art and Design

Arts, Media and Publishing

Arts, Media and Publishing
Arts, Media and Publishing
We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Code AR01
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


A qualification in the arts offers students the opportunity to develop new skills and techniques. It encourages students to be curious and challenge perceptions. Students will be introduced to a variety of historical, critical and contextual studies and use this to inspire their own ideas.

Students will initiate their own starting points and will develop their own personal relationship between their own and others' work by exploring with a variety of images, artefacts and objects. Students will also have the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding of a range of processes such as drawing, painting, printing and sculpture.

Skills Acquired

  • Intellectual, imaginative, creative and intuitive capabilities
  • Investigative, analytical, experimental, practical, technical and expressive skills, aesthetic understanding and critical judgment
  • Independence of mind in developing, refining and communication their own ideas, their own intentions and their own personal outcomes
  • Experience of working with a broad range of media
  • Understanding of the interrelationships between art, craft and design processes and an awareness of the contexts in which they operate
  • Knowledge and experience of real-world contexts and, where appropriate, links to the creative industries
  • Knowledge and understanding of art, craft, design and media and technologies

Students Suited To The Course
Students will need to be self-motivated, resilient and determined. They will need to have a passion for art, craft and design and be curious and open minded.

What Other Subjects It Combines Well With
Art combines well with a broad range of subjects including creative ones such as Photography, Product Design and Textiles.

Visits to museums, galleries and exhibitions will be a vital part of the course.


Year 12: Personal Portfolio Project 1
Year 13: Personal Portfolio Project 2 and Externally Set Assignment

Personal Portfolio (60% of the final qualification
Students will select a topic of interest for an in-depth study and negotiate the scope of the project with their teacher. They will identify and draft an objective for their project and provide a rationale for their choice. This component allows students opportunities to generate and develop ideas, research primary and contextual sources,record practical and written observations, experiment with media and processes, and refine ideas towards producing personal resolved outcome(s). This incorporates three major elements: supporting studies, practical work, and a personal study. Supporting studies and practical work will comprise a portfolio of development work and outcomes based on themes and ideas developed from personal starting points. Students will also complete a personal study of a minimum of 1,000 words.

Externally Set Assignment (40% of the final qualification)
This component allows students opportunities to generate and develop ideas, research primary and contextual sources, record practical and written observations, experiment with media and processes and refine ideas towards producing personal resolved outcome(s) in response to an externally set theme. This incorporates two major elements: preparatory studies and the 15 hour period of sustained focus. Preparatory studies will comprise a portfolio of practical and written development work based on the externally set assignment. During the 15 hour period of sustained focus under examination conditions, students will produce outcome(s) extending from their preparatory studies in response to the externally set assignment.

How will it be delivered?

Students will complete 2 coursework projects.

Personal Portfolio
A portfolio of work that will be assessed on against the following criteria:

  • Develop Ideas (25%)
  • Explore and select appropriate resources (25%)
  • Record ideas, observations and insights (25%)
  • Present a personal and meaningful response (25%)

Externally Set Assignment (Exam)
Students will have an exam in the summer of Year 13; this will be based on a theme set by the exam board. Students will create a body of work in relation to the theme and will have a period of fifteen hours (spread across three days) in exam conditions to complete a final piece and evaluation.

Entry requirements

GCSE grade 6 in Art.  If ARt has not been studied at GCSE a portfolio should be produced as evidence of interest and aptitude in the subject area.

Your next steps...

This course creates the opportunity to develop transferable skills for progression to higher education and to the workplace through the exploration of either an area of personal interest or a topic of interest from within the Art and Design qualification content. Students could progress on to a foundation or degree course in areas such as architecture, graphic design, fine art, photography or fashion.