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Throughout the ages Art, Textiles and Photography have played a crucial role in the cultural development of society, from architecture and fashion to the printed word.

The work of Artists and Designers is accessed and experienced by everyone on a daily basis. Artists and Designers need to work with integrity and respect for others as their work has the power to change the world, set trends and fashions, build the cities and landscapes of the future, recording history in the making through the lens of a camera, and develop new technologies and innovations. Through the pursuit of creative thinking and solutions to life’s problems, Artists and Designers will support economic growth for generations to come.

The Core Concepts

Through the formal elements, Line, Shape, Colour, Form, Texture, Pattern and Tone, students will be able to:

  • Develop ideas through investigations, demonstrating critical understanding of sources.
  • Refine work by exploring ideas, selecting and experimenting with appropriate media, materials, techniques and processes.
  • Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions as work progresses.
  • Present a personal and meaningful response that realises intentions and demonstrates understanding of visual language.

Key Stage 5

OCR A Level Art & Design: Photography (H603) 

Course Entry Requirements: Grade B or above in GCSE Art & Design.

Course Overview

This course enables students to explore and appreciate the visual world and respond in a creative and personal way.  The skills students will develop will be varied, including knowledge of materials, processes and techniques.  Students will be able to interpret and convey ideas and feelings through their work.  They will also be more experimental and analytical and will learn how to document findings in different ways. They will develop a specialist vocabulary, build on their knowledge and understanding of the place of art, craft and design in history and contemporary society.

Assessment Format

Personal Investigation (internally assessed, externally moderated) – 60% of A Level

Learners produce a portfolio of practical work and a related study, which is an extended response of a guided minimum of 1000 words.

Externally-set task (15hrs) (internally assessed, externally moderated) – 40% of A Level

The early release paper will provide learners with a number of themes. Within the themes, there will be a choice of written and visual starting points, briefs and stimuli.  A response should be based on one of these options.