A/S Qualification in History of Art and Design specification is designed to promote continuity, coherence and progression within the area.

Subject Content:
The course of study covers an awareness and critical understanding of, rather than practical execution of the following:
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
  • Architecture
  • Graphics Design
  • Interior Design
  • Product Design
  • Fashion/Textiles Design
Entry Requirements
The course recognises the value of prior learning at GCSE Art & Design although no prior knowledge or level of attainment in the subject area is required.

Course Requirements
There is no coursework element.
The exam consists of three one hour papers -
  • A/S 1 Part A - Critical analysis on a piece of visual stimulus
              Part B - Critical review of directly experienced artworks.
  • A/S 2 Two essays from a choice of eight possible questions
  • A/S 3 Two essays from a choice of eight possible questions
Compulsory trip(s) to galleries and exhibitions and artists workshops.

Who does this course appeal to :
  • Those who will undertake futher study in the history of art and design
  • Those who will study subjects or take up careers for which a history of art and design education is relevant.
  • Those who, whilst having interest and aptitude in the subject, will benefit from the course yet are not intending to study the subject further.
  • Those who go directly into employment.
Aims of the course:
  • To develop intellectual, imaginative and creative powers.
  • To develop investigative, analytical and expressive skills, aesthetic understanding and critical judgement.
  • Develop knowledge and understanding of the role and achievements of artists, architects, craftspeople and designers in their past and in contemporary society.
  • Develop an understanding of the relationships between art, architecture, craft and design and society at large.
  • Encourage first-hand experience and enjoyment of artworks.