The starting points in each section will help you generate ideas. You may follow them closely, use them as background information or develop your own interpretation of the theme. Use this website and read the whole paper as any section may provide the inspiration for your focus.

You should provide evidence that all of the four Assessment Objectives have been addressed. It is anticipated that AS candidates will show in the Externally Set Assignment how their knowledge, skills and understanding have developed through their work in Unit 1.

The Assessment Objectives require you to:

Develop your ideas through sustained and focused investigations informed by contextual and other sources, demonstrating analytical and critical understanding.

Experiment with and select appropriate resources, media, materials, techniques and processes, reviewing and refining your ideas as your work develops.

Record in visual and/or other forms ideas, observations and insights relevant to your intentions, demonstrating your ability to reflect on your work and progress.

Present a personal, informed and meaningful response demonstrating critical understanding, realising intentions and, where appropriate, making connections between visual, oral or other elements.

Starting Points

24th Feb - paper  available

9 weeks preparation time

(not including Easter)

Final Exam  days:

29th April

30th April period 1-3

You can start your final piece during the preparation time but must be completed during the 8 hour controlled exam.

The Exam is worth 40% of the AS.


Tate Galleries

National Gallery

Institute of International Visual Arts (inIVA)

British Museum

Whitworth Art Gallery

The Minneapolis Institute of Art

Walker Arts Centre Minnesota

The Getty Museum

Museum of Modern Art New York

The Metropolitan Museum of Art New York

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Centre Pompidou

Guggenheim Museums Worldwide

Ashmolean Oxford

The Fitzwilliam Museum

Gallery of Modern Art – Glasgow

Walker Art Gallery

Crafts Council

Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art

The Photographers’ Gallery

WEEK BY WEEK BREAKDOWNEX_AS_A2_weekly_breakdown.html
How to compare paintingsAR_comparison.html