A Level: Art, Design and Photography

Art, Craft and Design (ARTA)

Candidates are introduced to a variety of experiences exploring a range of two- and/or three-dimensional media, processes and techniques, and made aware of both traditional and new technologies.

Candidates explore relevant images, artefacts and resources relating to a range of art, craft and design, from the past and from recent times, including European and non-European examples. Responses to these examples must be shown through practical and critical activities which demonstrate the candidates’ understanding of different styles, genres and traditions.

Candidates explore drawing using a variety of methods and media on a variety of scales.

Candidates use sketchbooks/workbooks/journals to underpin their work where appropriate.

Areas of Study

Candidates are required to work in at least two of the following areas of Art and Design. They may explore overlapping areas and combinations of areas.

  • Fine Art
  • Graphic Communication
  • Textile Design
  • Three-Dimensional Design
  • Photography: lens-based and light-based media

Skills and Techniques

Candidates will be expected to demonstrate skills in the context of their chosen areas of study. Candidates will work in at least two areas drawn from the following:

  • Fine Art: painting; drawing; mixed media, sculpture; land art; installation; printmaking; film; animation; television; video and photography: lens-based and light-based media.
  • Graphic Communication: illustration; advertising; packaging; design for print; communication; multimedia; animation; web design; film; television and video.
  • Textile Design: fashion; printed and/or dyed fabrics and materials; domestic textiles; wallpaper; interior design; constructed textiles and textile installation.
  • Three-Dimensional Design: ceramics; sculpture; jewellery; body ornament; theatre design; exhibition design; design for theatre, television and film; interior design; product design; environmental design and architectural design.
  • Photography: lens-based and light-based media: portraiture; landscape photography; still-life photography; documentary photography; photojournalism; experimental imagery; photographic installation; video, television and film.

Photography: lens-based and light-based media (ARTF)

Candidates are introduced to a variety of experiences exploring a range of photographic media, techniques and processes, and made aware of both traditional and new technologies.

Candidates relevant images, artefacts and resources relating to Photography and a wider range of art and design, from the past and from recent times, including European and non-European examples. Responses to these examples must be shown through practical and critical activities which demonstrate the candidates’ understanding of different styles, genres and traditions.

Candidates use sketchbooks/workbooks/journals to underpin their work where appropriate.

There is no specific requirement for candidates to demonstrate drawing skills in this endorsement unless they wish to.

Candidates may use traditional methods and/or digital techniques to produce images.

Areas of Study

Candidates are required to work in one or more area(s) of Photography, such as those listed below. They may explore overlapping areas and combinations of areas.

  • portraiture
  • landscape photography (working from the urban, rural and/or coastal environment)
  • still-life photography, working from objects or from the natural world
  • documentary photography, photo journalism
  • experimental imagery
  • photographic installation, video, television and film.

Skills and Techniques

Candidates will be expected to demonstrate skills, in the context of their chosen area(s) of Photography. Candidates will be required to demonstrate skills in all of the following:

  • the ability to explore elements of visual language, line, form, colour, pattern and texture in the context of Photography
  • the ability to respond to an issue, theme, concept or idea or work to a brief or answer a need in Photography
  • appreciation of viewpoint, composition, depth of field and movement; time-based, through such techniques as sequence or ‘frozen moment’
  • the appropriate use of the camera, film, lenses, filters and lighting for work in their chosen area of Photography
  • understanding of techniques related to the developing and printing of photographic images, where appropriate, presentation and layout.