Art - Options 2024

AQA GCSE Art and Design – Art, craft and design (8201) or Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 Tech Award in Art and Design Practice

Course contact: Ms. Rachel Winstanley

Course Description: Art & Design is all about your skill, creativity, and imagination. You will create a portfolio of work in response to project themes and different kinds of inspirational starting points.

AO1: Develop ideas through investigations, demonstrating critical understanding of sources.

AO2: Refine work by exploring ideas, selecting and experimenting with appropriate media, materials, techniques and processes.

AO3: Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions as work progresses.

AO4: Present a personal and meaningful response that realises intentions and demonstrates understanding of visual language. 



What will I learn?

Art & Design is a diverse and challenging discipline that requires a commitment to independent invention. You will study and respond to the world around you through a range of visual media. You will learn to make connections with the work of other artists from different times, places and cultures.

You will also experiment with and explore the potential of different techniques, materials and processes. This could include traditional fine art practice such as drawing and painting. However, you will be encouraged to be as experimental as possible, so things like 3D making, digital media, photography, printmaking and mixed media could all become part of your work.

How will I be assessed? Art, Craft and Design

Component 1: Coursework (60% of final mark) Component 2: Practical Exam (40% of final mark)
Two extended projects responding to a theme in an in-depth way. Evidence will take the form of sketchbooks, development pages and test pieces. Work might also include photography, printmaking, digital media, and 3D making. After Christmas in Year 11 you will receive an exam paper from AQA. You will choose ONE question to work from and then have a limited number of weeks to carefully research your thoughts and ideas in response to this chosen theme.
Drawing: You must provide evidence of drawing in both your coursework and your exam. It can feature as an element within the developmental process and/or explicitly in the realisation of intentions.
Annotation: You must use written annotation using specialist vocabulary, as work progresses.

 How will I be assessed? Level 1/Level 2 BTEC Tech Award in Art and Design Practice

Component 1

Creative Practice in Art and Design

Internal (non-exam)

Component 2

Responding to a Brief


Future Opportunities and Careers

Artists and designers imagine, design and produce visual creations using a huge array of media, from the paintbrush and pencils, to photography, digital tools, and physical materials. Some work commercially, selling or exhibiting their creations to make a living, while others use their skills in industries like architecture, interior design, graphic design, engineering, fashion, games development. You could pursue many avenues in a diverse career within the Arts, ranging from working within the art department in theatre and film, to leading as a Production Designer, Makeup Artist, Tattoo Specialist, Makeup Supervisor, Special Effects Designer and more.

Further study examples

A-Level Art & Design - Notre Dame                BTEC Level 3 Design (Architecture & Interior) – Notre Dame

Art & Design – Leeds City College                  Extended Diploma in Creative Practice – Leeds Arts University

Art & Design (Fine Art/ Graphic Communications/ Photography/ Textiles) – Elliot Hudson College

T Levels – Digital production/ Design Development/ Design Surveying and Planning for Construction/ Craft & Design