Year 12 & 13 Art and Design: Graphics


The Team:

Mrs A Burridge (Curriculum Leader)

Miss Kerry Jones (Subject leader of Photography)

Mrs C Lucibello

Mrs K Warner (Technician)

Key Stage 5 AQA Graphics

The A-Level course is a clear progression from the GCSE course and aims to further develop creativity, imagination, and independence. Students work independently to respond to briefs and develop their own artistic flair. The course is split into specific skills based studies in Y12 and a personal portfolio unit followed by the ESA in Y13.

Candidates should produce practical and critical/contextual work in one or more areas including illustration, advertising, packaging design, design for print, communication graphics, computer graphics, multimedia, animation, web design, film, television and/or video.

Gifted and Talented/Enrichment Opportunities:

The department supports and challenges Gifted and Talented students by giving them opportunities to showcase their work and engage with challenging topics and materials. Enrichment opportunities include trips to local and London exhibitions and galleries, plus the opportunity to showcase their work in and exhibition at the end of the academic year.


The Art department follows the Academy policy on homework.

Homework tasks involve drawing, research, developing classwork or individual responses. It is essential a disciplined approach towards homework is taken in order for students to fully meet the course requirements,


Literacy opportunities are planned for in Learning Schemes and used as a focus in the delivery of lessons, for written feedback and homework. Lesson focus on the use of keywords and ability for students to use them in the correct context when discussing their own work and that of artists and cultures.


The Art department do not use textbooks but would recommend students having as much access to Art as possible through their own practice or visiting other artist exhibitions. Books on artists, designers and cultures may be useful for research that influences their own development of ideas.

Parent Support

All staff attend parent consultation evenings, and prepare information handouts for parents when appropriate. The Curriculum Leader is also always available to address any concerns that parents may have.


The Graphic Art A level is a linear course, which means that students are expected to study for two academic years to gain the full qualification The courses offered at Cecil Jones equip students with the relevant skills to continue either Art studies or into a chosen career path. Relevant career paths could include - Graphic Art/design, Illustration, and Animation, Graphic advertising, Game design and Education.