Art & Design

The WJEC syllabus specification covers 7 areas of study under the umbrella title of Art & Design, namely Art, Craft and Design, Fine Art,  Critical and Contextual Studies, Textile Design, Graphic Communication, Three-Dimensional Design and Photography.  Each of these areas of study is an AS / A2 qualification in its own right.  Here at Crickhowell High School, although we are able to teach all areas, this is dependant on student interest, so currently we offer AS / A2 Level qualifications in Art, Craft and Design, Fine Art and Photography.

For each qualification, there are 3 units to study:

Unit 1 (AS):  This is the personal creative enquiry project / portfolio unit on subject matter determined by the student and the teacher, which is of a personal and meaningful nature to the student.  The work is critical, theoretical and practical in nature, is done as a non-examination assessment and accounts for 40% of the A2 qualification.

Unit 2 (A2):  This unit comprises a personal investigation project / portfolio exercise on a subject matter of personal significance to the student and a written element of 1000 words relating to the investigation.  Once again, the work is critical, theoretical and practical in nature, is done as a non-examination assessment and accounts for 36% of the A2 qualification.

Unit 3 (A2):  This unit comprises a study period based on a set of materials set by the examining body and a 15 hour supervised period of focussed study on those materials.  The unit is done as a non-examination assessment and accounts for 24% of the A2 qualification.

Why Study Art & Design at A Level?

If you are considering any sort of practical career in an Art and Design field or you intend to do any Art based degree, be it Architecture, Fine Art, Graphics, Photography or Fashion, then an Art A Level is the main means by which you produce a portfolio of work and is an entry requirement for all Art & Design based courses.  It is a practical subject which will further develop your technical skills, it will expand your creativity and imagination.

Career opportunities leading from Art & Design are numerous.  The creative industries are amongst the largest growing and most economically successful industries within the United Kingdom. T here are many exciting future applications for the knowledge and skills gained via Art & Design A Level,  including set design, animation, video game design, graphic design, web design, advertising, architecture, exhibit design, special effects for film, illustration, product design, furniture design, journalism, museum curator, stage and film makeup, textile and fashion design, photographer, art dealer, concept artist, art historian or logo designer, to name but a few.

Art, Craft & Design

This is a broad-based course that provides flexibility in content and approach.  Students can choose this option if they want to explore and create work associated with more than one area of study.   Students explore practical and critical / contextual work through a range of 2D and / or 3D processes and media throughout the earlier stages of their Personal Creative Enquiry and Personal Investigation.  The final resolution of their exploratory work can either be selected from 2D and / or 3D processes and media (combining disciplines from more than one area of study or from a single area.

Fine Art

Fine Art refers to the visual exploration of ideas, meanings and feelings at a personal level and also in the wider context of social, historical and cultural connections.

During the course, students explore visual, tactile and other sensory experiences to communicate ideas and meanings.  They work with traditional and new media, developing confidence, competence, imagination and creativity.  They learn to appreciate and value images and artefacts across times and cultures, and to understand the contexts in which they were made. 

In Fine Art, students reflect critically on their own and other people’s work, judging quality , value and meaning.  They learn to think and act as artists, working creatively and intelligently.  They develop an appreciation of art and its role in the creative and cultural industries that enrich our lives.

Students undertaking this course are required to demonstrate the knowledge, skills and understanding through areas of study relevant to their chosen title, which include painting and drawing, mixed media, including collage and assemblage, performance and conceptual art, sculpture, land or environmental art, installation, printmaking: relief, intaglio, screen processes and lithography, film, television, animation, video, photography and digital media.