Course Overview

This is an ideal subject for those wishing to pursue a career in any of the creative industries.

Students will learn to develop and produce personal, creative, independent work, analyse their own visual work, as well as evaluate and learn from artists, designers and crafts people.

In year 12 and 13 you will study one main unit of work. This Personal Investigation (60%) will be thematic and will evolve based on your particular focus and interests. You will also complete a project based on a starting point from the examination paper (40%). In all, there will be 1 unit of study in year 12 and 1 unit of study in year 13.

The main focus will be the development of your sketchbook or journal. This will show evidence of your chosen thematic unit and experimentation with a variety of artistic techniques.

Students who have undertaken art and design here have gone on to varied degree courses such as architecture, graphic design, fine art, textiles, fashion and photography.

Art and Design can lead to many careers including:

  • Artist
  • Architectural Illustrator
  • Book Illustrator
  • Graphic Illustrator
  • Commercial Artist
  • Courtroom Artist
  • Special effects make up
  • Tattoo Artist

100% of our students have achieved an A*- C Grade in Art & Design since 2016

Textiles Option

The Art & Design A Level offers students the flexibility to specialise in the medium of textiles. You will benefit from the guidance of a specialist textiles practitioner.

Textile art could be defined in terms of batik, dying, machine and hand embroidery/embellishment. These techniques focus on creativity, and surface design artists use these techniques to convey conceptual and/or aesthetic ideas that surround notions of personal or societal identity, thought, value, and beauty.

This course allows the student to see how Art Textiles and Surface Design can be viewed with a purpose, and how it can lead to employment prospects. There is a vast array of creative industries out there waiting to be explored and this course may be just the one to capture your interest, or propel you to the future career you wish to work in.

In year 12 and 13 you will study one main unit of work. This Personal Investigation (60%) will be thematic and will evolve based on your particular focus and interests. You will also complete a project based on a starting point from the examination paper (40%). In all there will be 1 unit of study in year 12 and 1 unit of study in year 13.

Textile/surface design artists gain inspiration from all around the world and have very exciting jobs in a broad range of different industries such as:

  • Fashion Designer/ Consultant
  • Display Artist
  • Accessory Designer
  • Fashion Merchandising
  • Pattern Maker
  • Costume Designer

Entry Requirements

Students are expected to have at least a grade 4 at GCSE level in an Art and Design subject.
A portfolio can be viewed for consideration by an art teacher on request if you have not achieved the required grades.

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