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Art & Design

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
    • painting
    • drawing
    • sculpture
    • photography
    • mixed media
    • experimental – assemblage/construction.
  • Graphic communication
    • illustration
    • print making
    • packaging design
    • branding
    • advertising
    • signage
    • typography.
  • 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
    • batik
    • digital-printed textiles
    • surface pattern.

How the course is assessed

You 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.

Level AS/A
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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.

Required textbook

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.