Art & Design A-Level

Creative skills are vital to British industry. A-level Art and Design will enable you to develop your artistic ability across an exciting range of techniques, experimenting with effects and concepts. This course is hands-on, with the emphasis on creating imaginative individual work. Students will visit galleries and take part in Art workshops to extend specialist skills and knowledge.


Why Art and Design?

  • You will be well prepared for a future career in a creative industry.
  • Many students go on to further study leading to careers in graphic design, fashion, illustration, architecture, painting, sculpture and photography.
  • You will build a portfolio to use in university interviews.
  • You will have an opportunity to further develop your artistic skills.
  • Studying a practical subject can offer a contrast to more traditionally academic A-levels.

Any special requirements?

  • Entry will be determined by interviews, at which students must present a portfolio of work.
  • Art GCSE grade 6 or equivalent is also required for course entry.


What will I study?

  • Component 1 - Personal Investigation (60%): Develop an in-depth piece of work in response to an idea of your own choosing, support by a written assignment.
  • Component 2 - Externally-set assignment (40%): Select one of eight assignment choices. The final piece(s) involves 15 hours unaided supervised time.

How will I be assessed?

Both components will be assessed internally by your teachers and a sample of the work will be seen by a visiting exam board moderator.

Purpose and Provision

Download a copy of the Art Departments Purpose and Provision document here.