Exam Board - Edexcel


What is Art A level and why study it?

The Art and Design course will suit students who seek the opportunity to explore and create independently, develop ideas and realise intentions. Art as a creative subject is a great companion course for any area of study; whether you intend to pursue a career in the arts, a technical subject or science, encouraging your own creativity is always a bonus and can help you have great ideas.


During this course, students will develop appropriate practical skills through a range of disciplines. They may explore a variety of media, materials, techniques and processes such as drawing and painting, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics and photography. They pursue practical investigations informed by contextual and cultural influences, making connections with the work of Artists, crafts people and designers. Students record ideas, observations and insights as their work progresses.


Investigations must lead to a finished outcome or a series of finished outcomes. Investigations should comprise of a sustained line of reasoning from an initial starting point or theme, to a final realisation.


Where next?

There are many careers in art, craft and design. Often students opt to take a one-year foundation course before applying to a specialist art and design course at degree level. For careers in the creative industry, an Art & Design course will provide a varied portfolio of evidence.


The portfolio students create during the course offers students an opportunity to prepare and develop skills that can be presented at university interviews for art and design courses. Students have gone on to pursue careers in the following fields: Fine Art, Illustration, Product Design, Textile Design, Theatre and TV Set Design, Costume Design, Art Restoration, Architect, Art Therapy, Art Administration in Galleries.


What are the entrance requirements?

Grade 6 in GCSE Art and Design.


Who do I need to see for more information?

Ms P Suttie, Head of Art and Design