A Level Art, Craft and Design (Reformed 2015)

 

What is Art, Craft and Design?

A Level Art, Craft and Design at MPW offers students an opportunity to explore Fine Art, Graphic Design and Digital Art and Photography in a format that encourages and supports students to develop a strong visual language that they can use to express their own thoughts and ideas. Experiencing and understanding the work of exhibiting artists forms the core of each project students undertake.

What sort of student does it suit and what will you get out of the course?
Students interested in studying A Level Art, Craft and Design are encouraged to gain a good grade at GCSE level. However, this is by no means essential. If you have the basic skills and a passion for the subject and are highly motivated, you should succeed.

The skills you will develop will be many and varied, not simply the ability to paint and draw. You will learn widely about different materials, practices and technologies in different fields of the Arts. You will develop the ability to communicate ideas and express yourself in a specialist vocabulary. You will develop an appreciation of the role of artists, photographers, craft makers and designers in the history of art and contemporary society. The course is suitable for both students who wish to undertake further studies in the field of art, craft and design and for those who simply have an interest and aptitude for the subject, but who do not intend to take the subject beyond A level study.

AS Level

MPW approach to AS study

The AS year of the course is designed to encourage exploration and experimentation within Art. Students undertake a series of projects that will allow them to discover their strengths and identify weaknesses in their visual language. At the end of the year, students will evaluate their strengths and weaknesses and decide on which area of Art, Craft and Design they will focus on in their A2 year of the course.

OCR Art, Craft and Design (H600)
Externally Set Task (02)
80 marks 100% of AS Level

Reading List

AuthorTitlePublisher
E H Gombrich The Story of Art Phaidon
Adam Butler The Art Book Phaidon
Rachel Barnes The 20th Century Art Book Phaidon
Ian Jeffery The Photography Book Phaidon

The Story of Art is a comprehensive survey of the entire history of western art from cave paintings to the present and is, in effect, the GCSE course text and reference for all GCSE examination boards.

The other three books are excellent sources for visual references, with short and concise explanations about the work of a vast number of historic and contemporary artists.

A Level

MPW approach to A Level study

With the AS part of the course complete, students are aware of their strengths within Art, Craft and Design and are able to make a choice about which area within art they focus on in their Personal Investigation (60% of total A Level). The Personal Investigation is a portfolio of work
that shows a personal response to a starting point that is negotiated between the student and tutor. In addition to this, a 1000 – 3000 word written study that relates to the student’s practical work and work of relevant artists is also completed. The final stage of the course is the Externally Set Task (40% of total A Level). Unlike the Personal Investigation, the starting point for this project is set by OCR in the form of an exam paper. The paper offers a number of themes that students can work on. Students have 12-14 weeks to create a body of preparatory work which documents the development of a final idea. Students are given 15 hours to create a final piece of work in exam conditions.

OCR Art, Craft and Design (H600)
Personal Investigation (01)
120 marks 60% of total A Level

Externally Set Task (02)
80 marks 40% of A Level

Reading List

AuthorTitlePublisher
E H Gombrich The Story of Art Phaidon
Adam Butler The Art Book Phaidon
Rachel Barnes The 20th Century Art Book Phaidon
Ian Jeffery The Photography Book Phaidon

The Story of Art is a comprehensive survey of the entire history of western art from cave paintings to the present and is, in effect, the GCSE course text and reference for all GCSE examination boards.

The other three books are excellent sources for visual references, with short and concise explanations about the work of a vast number of historic and contemporary artists.