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Why study Art?

Exam board and specification code: AQA Art, craft and design 8201

This is a vibrant and dynamic broad course exploring practical and critical/contextual work through a range of 2D and/or 3D processes, with new media and technologies. It is an unendorsed course where students can work in appropriate art, craft and design materials and processes.

Students must explore and create work associated with areas of study from at least two of the titles of fine art, graphics communication, textile design, three-dimensional design and photography. At CIC the focus is mostly on fine art and three-dimensional design but there is flexibility to include the other titles appropriate to students’ individual interests.

Areas of study include (but are not limited to) drawing, painting, sculpture, three-dimensional making printmaking, mixed media and photography.

What is covered by the course?

Students must complete two components. Component 1 consists of a portfolio that shows explicit coverage of the four assessment objectives. It must include a sustained project evidencing the journey from initial engagement to the realisation of intentions and a selection of further work undertaken during the student’s course of study. The theme for this at CIC is ‘Exploring the City’.

Component 2 consists of the externally set assignment. Students respond to their chosen starting point from the exam board paper. There must be evidence of all four assessment objectives.

How is it examined?

Component 1 - Portfolio

  • No time limit
  • 96 marks
  • 60% of GCSE

Component 2 - Externally set assignment

  • Preparatory period (from 1st February) + 10 hours supervised time (in May)
  • 96 marks
  • 40% of GCSE

Suggested reading


National Gallery

Saatchi Gallery

Royal Academy

Design Museum 

Photographers Gallery


Wallace Collection 

Serpentine Galleries

Somerset House 

British Museum

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