(Original post by Claire888)
I have no idea why they've asked you to do that. It is definitely not needed. I've just finished my A2s (art was one of them). Over summer we had to do a project but it was largely unrelated and I doubt it had much effect on AS grades as it wasn't preparation for the major projects of that year.
But what I would advise for an idea is try to move away from the stuff you did at GCSE. You will look back on it in years to come as rubbish and so are likely to not want to have your A-level work moving on from that, but instead on a different path. However having said that it is a good idea to have a fairly clear focus, stick with it and develop it over the course of the year (showing improvement). I didn't really know where to start and as a result my early AS work was not very good.
The good thing about A-level is that you get introduced or are able to use much more in the way of media, my GCSE work was almost all acrylic but by A2 I was using plaster, coloured pencils, patterned paper, oils, foam board and lots of other stuff (you get my drift) but you only find out about this stuff when you start making work, so don't worry too much about that yet.
The best plan when deciding on work for me at least was looking at other artists for inspiration (you will use this a lot over A-level) I found someone called Catherine Mackey at A2 and that really helped to develop my work. Look for their use of colour, media, subject or general style to give you some basic ideas and work from that (and you don't have to like everything about their work, to get this).
I came to love oil paints, they can give a huge variety of results and can be used in completely different ways so its worth experimenting. However some people really hate them, the time they take to dry and likelihood of smudging can be annoying, and puts some off. Anyway I've realised I'm rambling but, I loved art, can't believe it's over. Also I've applied to architecture this year as well. Personally I don't think doing architecture focussed work is a problem if you enjoy it, I always have used buildings in my work and just means I was more confident in my portfolio, because I felt it was relevant. So I wouldn't be too put off that subject matter now if you want to try it, it really isn't a problem for applications.