Summary of course content
This course aims to enable students to:
- develop an inquisitive, creative approach to research and problem-solving
- develop the ability to record from first-hand observation, personal experience and other sources
- effectively communicate their personal response by improving technical skills in a range of processes and media
- develop independent expression by analysing, evaluating and applying concepts and techniques
- articulate ideas and responses to their work and the work of others using a relevant vocabulary
- develop a clear contextual framework that aids critical reflection of their work
- develop a critical understanding of important concepts and formal elements of art and design
- develop the skills needed to study art and design at higher education.
Areas of Study
The syllabus covers four areas of study, and takes a wide range of approaches using both traditional and non-traditional media and processes.
- Fine art
- mixed media
- experimental – assemblage/construction.
- Graphic communication
- print making
- packaging design
- Three-dimensional design
- sculpture, ceramics
- product design
- interior and exterior architecture
- interior design
- environmental design
- set design
- jewellery and fashion accessories.
- Textiles and fashion
- fashion design and/or illustration
- costume design
- constructed textiles
- screen printing
- digital-printed textiles
- surface pattern.
How the course is assessedYou will be assessed at the end of the course using three components (examinations):
Component 1. Coursework. There are two parts:
– a portfolio and
– a final outcome.
Component 2. Externally Set Assignment. There are two parts:
– supporting studies, created during the preparation period and
– a final outcome, produced during a supervised test of 15 hours’ total duration.
Component 3. Personal Investigation. There are two parts:
– practical work and
– written analysis (1000–1500 words).
Guided Learning Hours
We design Cambridge International AS & A Level syllabuses based on learners having about 180 guided learning hours for each Cambridge International AS Level and about 360 guided learning hours for a Cambridge International A Level. The number of hours a learner needs to achieve the qualification may vary according to local practice and their previous experience of the subject.
Any special requirements
Candidates will need to purchase the necessary art supplies and materials – exactly what is needed will vary from student to student and will depend on what project work they choose to do. Students will have a discussion about this with their tutor at the appropriate time.
Cambridge International AS & A Level Art & Design Student’s eBook, Alan Parsons, Liz Macfarlane and Louise Arnould, ISBN 9780008452179. You can find the textbook here.