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We are delighted to introduce Cambridge International AS & A Level Digital Media & Design.
This is an exciting new qualification that allows artists to explore ways of expressing themselves using a range of digital media including digital photography, film and animation and mobile application and game technologies.
Cambridge International AS & A Level Digital Media & Design helps prepare students for further study and to work in a collaborative industry. They will develop an awareness of the world of digital media and design and the factors and contexts that influence it. Students will:
Students can draw upon any inspiration, including poetry, the work of other artists, music and film, to develop their own ideas and concepts in response to a range of themes. Students learn how to develop creative solutions to design briefs and have the opportunity to explore processes and techniques in digital media. The syllabus is designed to accommodate a range of interests, materials and resources, as well as the skills and interests of the teaching staff.
This qualification is designed for students with an interest in digital art and design. It develops the skills needed for studying digital media and design in higher education as well as skills required for working in the creative industries such as collaboration and communication.
Students can focus on more than one digital media described in the areas of study or they can choose to specialise in one area. Students are still be able to study Cambridge International AS & A Level Art and Design or our technical subjects at the same time.
The subject content is grouped into three broad areas of study:
Teachers can structure the course around a single area of study, or combine two or three areas. The choice of content will depend on the interests of teachers and learners as well as the resources and expertise available at the school. Schools do not have to cover all three areas of study to deliver this qualification – learners can complete the assessment components in any of the areas of study.
Students will understand innovative uses of technology and improve their skills in a wide range of contemporary techniques.
We have identified the following key concepts for this syllabus:
There are three assessment components including a portfolio, a personal investigation and an externally set assignment. Students can follow one of the following routes:
Component 3: Personal Investigation
Final outcome of practical and written analysis
Students will need to possess a working technical competency within the media they choose to use, and will already have studied Art & Design, Design & Technology or Computer Science to at least Cambridge IGCSE level. They will typically be looking to expand their artistic ambitions in these new and exciting areas.
To support students taking this qualification, schools should make sure that they have teachers with sufficient technical and creative expertise and that they can provide access to the relevant hardware and software that will be required.
To help schools deliver digital media and design, we are developing a comprehensive support package. The following resources will be available in March 2018 in time for first teaching and can be accessed via the Teacher Support site:
A text book prepared by a Core Team Publisher will be available prior to first teaching. Face-to-face training will also be available from 2018. See our events and training calendar to find a course near you.
The syllabus and support materials are available for teaching from September 2018. It will be available for examination at Cambridge International AS Level in June and November 2019, 2020 and 2021. It will be available for examination at Cambridge International A Level in June and November 2020 and 2021.
Learn more: visit the Cambridge International AS & A Level Digital Media & Design syllabus page.