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Art & Design (Photography, Fashion & Graphics)

Art & Design (Photography, Fashion & Graphics)

Mode of study Academic A Level
Duration Please ring for details
Campus English Bridge Campus
Start date September 2021
Course code ART-AL (2123)

  • Entry Requirements

    A minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4+/C+ or above, including English Language and a grade 4+/C+ or above in a Art and Design subject. Those who have not studied a GCSE Art & Design subject should be able to demonstrate their interest and ability through a visual portfolio that may include a variety of media, as well as examples of observational drawing.

  • What does the course involve?

    We encourage all our students to challenge their habitual working methods by experimenting with various image-making techniques, media and materials. There will also be opportunities to see the work of artists through gallery visits, and you are encouraged to contextualise your own work through an understanding of historical and contemporary Fine Art practice.

    Year 1:
    Skill Building and Portfolio Development. You will experiment with a wide range of media and explore different areas within Fine Art, including Painting, Collage, Printmaking and 3D Construction, as well as developing a wide and varied approach to Drawing. Students are encouraged and taught good sketchbook practice, involving visual research, developing a thread of visual ideas and refining these down to a sophisticated final outcome.

    Year 2:
    Personal Investigation (Component 1) and External Set Assignment (Component 2).
    You will build on the knowledge and skills gained in Year 1 to develop work that demonstrates a more independent, personal and ambitious character. You must also produce a personal written investigation of up to 3000 words that will support your practical work.

  • How is the course assessed?

    Personal investigation (Component 1) is 60% of the overall A Level grade. The remaining 40% will be derived from the Externally Set Assignment (Component 2), given in February with a period of research to develop ideas, followed by a 15 hour exam to produce a finished outcome.

  • Additional Notes

    Progression from this course includes Art Foundation Course, Fine Art Degree, Painting, Printmaking, Contextual Practice, Visual Art, Interactive Art, Critical Practice, Fine Art Animation, Digital Film and Screen Arts, Sculpture and Installation.

  • Further Information

    You will have the opportunity to attend “Create Your Future” UCAS Art and Design Convention in Manchester, to find out about all creative courses in the UK.

  • What do I do next?

    You can apply online via the APPLY NOW button and then add an additional 2 or 3 subjects to make up your academic programme. You can also apply for a second, alternative programme of study on the application page. If after reading this factsheet, you are still undecided about the course most suitable for you, please drop in to one of our Open Evenings, ring Admissions on 01743 260401 or email:

Megan Butler

Megan Butler

A Level Fine Art (Graphic Communication, Spanish)
Previous Institution: Bishop's Castle Community College

The A Level course is so much more in-depth than GCSE – which is great. I will be taking a gap year and travelling, then I would like to explore Interior Design as a career. My final pieces focused on architecture and windows using stencils and digital art. Digital art is something that I really appreciated learning about.

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