Art & Design


AS/A level specification | Edexcel


The broad-based Art, Craft and Design title will enable students to explore a range of two-dimensional, three-dimensional or time-based approaches to their studies.

Artists, craftspeople and designers, while working within their own disciplines, are often inspired and influenced by those working in a wide range of different creative areas. They draw inspiration from images, compositions, forms and ideas outside of their own discipline. They work frequently in multi-disciplinary and cross disciplinary ways, breaking traditional boundaries to create works of art, craft and design that combine ideas, concepts and materials in new ways.

Artists, craftspeople and designers all follow a creative process, in which they explore and develop approaches to communicating ideas visually. When generating and developing new ideas they are pro-active, persistent and self-motivated. Producing creative, dynamic and exciting outcomes, they can inspire and challenge the viewer through interaction with their work and engagement with their ideas.

Disciplines within Art, Craft and Design

Students should be encouraged to work and develop skills in a multi-disciplinary and cross-disciplinary way, exploring the connections between areas of art, craft and design and gaining knowledge and understanding of the scope and variety of disciplines and approaches.

Students undertaking the Art, Craft and Design title will work in disciplines chosen from at least two of the other five endorsed titles for Component 1, with the option to specialise in Component 2 by producing work in one or more disciplines.

The disciplines available are:

  • painting and drawing
  • printmaking
  • sculpture
  • lens based image making
  • advertising
  • illustration
  • branding
  • information design
  • textiles for interiors
  • fine art textiles
  • fashion textiles
  • spatial design
  • product design
  • design crafts
  • film-based photography
  • digital photography
  • film and video.

For Component 1: Personal Investigation, students must work in at least two disciplines, drawn from different endorsed titles.

This component is weighted 60% of the total qualification. This component incorporates three major elements: supporting studies, practical work and a personal study of a minimum 1000 words of continuous prose. These elements should be seen as integrally connected. Supporting studies may combine investigation and research for both the practical work and personal study, however, the personal study must be presented as a separate outcome. The practical work and personal study may be approached in any order, or progress simultaneously.

For Component 2: Externally Set Assignment, students may choose to produce work in one or more disciplines. Students may produce work entirely from a single discipline from one of the endorsed titles for Component 2. If they do so, their work will be standardised with the work from students taking that endorsed title.

This component is weighted 40% of the total qualification. This component incorporates two major elements: preparatory studies and the 15–hour period of sustained focus. The Externally Set Assignment represents the culmination of the GCE Qualification allowing students to draw together all the knowledge, understanding and skills developed throughout. The Externally Set Assignment consists of one broad-based thematic starting point to which students respond by developing a portfolio of practical work and final outcome(s). The Externally Set Assignment comprises an externally set theme with suggested starting points. Students will need to develop their own personal work from this theme and related starting points. It is internally assessed, and externally moderated.



Careers/Further Education

Many students go on to Art College to study Fine Art, Animation, Photography, Art History, Graphic Design, Fashion, Illustration, Game Design, Architecture and other related areas.




For more information contact:

Mrs Rachel Mendes