The main purpose of any course in Art and Design is to develop your ability to appreciate the visual world, respond in a personal and creative way and contribute for the benefit of everyone. You will develop a working knowledge of materials, practices and technology within art, as well as the skills to interpret and convey your ideas and feelings using art, craft and design, building on your imaginative and creative powers and experimental, analytical and documenting skills.


Relevant galleries and museums, visiting artist workshops.


Many continue to specialist study at degree level and then on to employment as artists, illustrators, architects, and fashion designers or graphic designers, working in television, animation, film, advertising and the fashion industry. An Art, Craft and Design A level demonstrates creativity, concentration and independent learning, skills that all universities are looking for. Many use art and design as a supporting subject for applications to courses as diverse as medicine and geography.


Coursework consists of two integrated constituent parts:

1. A major in-depth critical, practical and theoretical investigative project/portfolio and outcome/s based on themes and subject matter that have personal significance.

2. An extended written element of 1500 words minimum, which may contain images and texts and must clearly relate to practical and theoretical work using an appropriate working vocabulary and specialist terminology. (Internally marked and externally moderated)


1. Preparatory study period: The externally set assignment materials are to be released to learners from February until May (in the second year of the course) and will consist of a series of visual and written stimuli, which are presented to the learner at the start of the preparatory study period.

2. 15-hour period of sustained focus work in examination conditions.

The resolution of learners’ ideas from the preparatory work must be completed during the designated 15 hours and they must show how their planning relates to the outcome/s. (Internally marked and externally moderated).


For admission to A Level Art, Design and Craft, our usual minimum requirements are:

  • Five GCSEs at grade 5 or above.
  • Students will need to have achieved a grade 6 or above in Art & Design.