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Art & Design A Level

SPECIFICATION LINK: 7201 - 7206, 7241 - 7246

TITLE: AQA Level 3 Advanced GCE in Art and Design (601/4456/7)


Students will be introduced to a variety of experiences and exploring a range of fine art media, techniques and processes. They will be made aware of both traditional and new technologies.

Students will explore relevant images, artefacts and resources relating to art and design from the past and from recent times, including European and non-European examples. This will be integral to the investigating and making process. Their responses to these examples must be shown through practical and critical activities which demonstrate the students understanding of different styles, genres and traditions.

Students will explore drawing using a variety of methods and media on a variety of scales. Students will use sketchbooks/workbooks/journals to underpin their work where appropriate.

Areas of Study

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

  • painting and drawing
  • mixed media, including collage and assemblage
  • sculpture
  • land art
  • installation
  • printmaking: relief, intaglio, screen processes and lithography
  • film, television, animation, video, photography: light-based media and new media.
Skills and Techniques

Students will be expected to demonstrate skills, as defined in Section 3.5 of this specification, in the context of their chosen area(s) of Fine Art. Students will be required to demonstrate skills in all of the following:

  • Appreciation of different approaches to recording images, such as observation, analysis, expression and imagination
  • Understanding of the conventions of figurative/representational and abstract/non-representational imagery or genres
  • Appreciation of different ways of working, such as using underpainting, glazing, wash and impasto; modelling, carving, casting, construction, assembling and welding; etching, engraving, drypoint, mono printing, lino printing, screen printing, photo silkscreen and lithography
  • Understanding of pictorial space, composition, rhythm, scale and structure
  • Appreciation of colour, tone, texture, shape and form.
Knowledge and Understanding

Students must show knowledge and understanding of:

  • How ideas, feelings and meaning can be conveyed and interpreted in images and artefacts in the chosen area(s) of study within Fine Art
  • Historical and contemporary developments and different styles and genres
  • How images and artefacts relate to social, environmental, cultural and/or ethical contexts, and to the time and place in which they were created
  • Continuity and change in different styles, genres and traditions relevant to Fine Art
  • The working vocabulary and specialist terminology which is relevant to their chosen area(s) of Fine Art.


Successful students have gone on to study Foundation courses and subsequently to institutions such as Goldsmiths and the London universities.