Advanced GCE in Art and Design – Art and Design (Fine Art)

Course Overview

The OCR A Level Art and Design specifications are designed to encourage learners to develop skills, creativity, imagination and independence based on personal experience, taught skills and critical understanding. Learners show this through their responses to a range of stimuli.

  • The aims and learning outcomes are as follows;
  • Intellectual, imaginative, creative and intuitive capabilities.
  • Investigative, analytical, experimental, practical, technical and expressive skills, aesthetic understanding and critical judgement.
  • Independence of mind in developing, refining and communicating their own ideas, their own intentions and their own personal outcomes.
  • The experience of working with a broad range of media.

Qualification Details

  • Qualification: Advanced GCE in Art and Design – Art and Design (Fine Art)
  • Exam Board: OCR


Course Teacher Profile

Mrs E. Thomas

Mrs E. Thomas


Mrs. Thomas is the Curriculum Team Lead for Art in the Amethyst Sixth Form

Course Requirements

To enrol for the A Level Art and Design course you must have the following…

  •  Art Grade 6
  • English Grade 5
  • Must have GCSE

Year 1 Summary

  • Unit 1 – Art History
  • Unit 2 – Observational Drawing
  • Unit 3 – Life Drawing
  • Unit 4 – Artists Analysis
  • Unit 5 – Illustration

February – External Set Task

Preparation (assessment objectives 1-3).

Exam (assessment objective 4)

Year 2 Summary

Practical Portfolio

Assessment Objective 1 – Develop ideas through sustained and focused investigations informed by contextual and other sources, demonstrating analytical and critical understanding.

Assessment Objective 2 – Explore and select appropriate resources, media, materials, techniques and processes, reviewing and refining ideas as work develops.

Assessment Objective 3 – Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions, reflecting critically on work and progress.

Assessment Objective 4 – Present a personal and meaningful response that realises intentions and, where appropriate, makes connections between visual and other elements.

Careers and Next Steps

There are a few areas of work that you can use Art straight after A level, however students often decide to study a degree enabling them to specialise in a particular area of art.

Skills developed include;

  • Creativity and ability to convey ideas and concepts.
  • Work independently.
  • Good written, verbal and vision communication skills.
  • Ability to develop and change ideas and concepts in response to a client’s needs.

Careers choices for pupils who have study Art at A Level:

  • Advertising Art Director
  • Fashion Designer
  • Graphic Designer
  • Illustrator
  • Print Worker
  • Photographer
  • Art Therapist
  • School Teacher
  • Museum Curator

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