Centre Assessment Grades

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GCE Art and Design (2016)

The CCEA GCE Art and Design specification develops in-depth knowledge and understanding of art and design through research and practical activities, intellectual capabilities, and independent approaches to learning.

This specification is available at two levels: AS and A2. Students can take the AS units plus the A2 units for a full GCE A level qualification. They can also choose to take the AS course as a stand-alone qualification.

In the AS units, students develop their creative process in response to a theme. They explore concepts, and develop knowledge, skills and techniques, including drawing. They present a portfolio and resolve their learning into a personal response.

Students who continue to A2 undertake a more focused investigation based on a given theme. This takes the form of both written and practical investigations, which are followed by producing a resolved outcome.

The specification has four units:

  • Unit AS 1: Experimental Portfolio
  • Unit AS 2: Personal Response
  • Unit A2 1: Personal and Critical Investigation
  • Unit A2 2: Thematic Outcome.

Current Specification

First teaching: from September 2016
First award of AS level: from Summer 2017
First award of A level: from Summer 2018
QAN AS level: 601/8450/4
QAN A level: 601/8451/6
Guided learning hours AS level: 180
Guided learning hours A level: 360
Qualification level: 3
Subject Code: 3510

Skills developed through our GCE Art and Design

This specification builds on learning from Key Stage 4 and gives students opportunities to continue to develop the Cross-Curricular Skills and the Thinking Skills and Personal Capabilities. GCE Art and Design requires students to develop key transferable skills such as creativity, innovation, higher order thinking skills and problem solving. It encourages students to find alternative approaches and take risks in their work.

The creative industries are the fastest growing area of the economy and are vital to economic success. Studying art, craft and design creates a pathway to a career in a creative industry-related field.

For more information on this specification contact:

Nola Fitzsimons
Specification Support Officer
(028) 9026 1200 ext. 2235
Anne McGinn
Subject Officer
(028) 9026 1200 ext. 2263