A Level – Art & Design



This course has been designed to provide students with an opportunity to express their creativity and realise their artistic potential, using a wide range of media. Students will be encouraged to develop their ideas, stretch their imagination and express themselves confidently. Students will be encouraged to decide which areas of Art and Design they wish to focus on, e.g. if someone is interested in architecture they will be able to choose a project that will allow them to develop this area of work.

Recommended GCSE Subjects and Grades

A*-C Art and Design

Other Contributory Subjects

English Literature, Digital Technology, Technology & Design, Business Studies and BTec Creative Media Production (OLC).

Subject Content

AS Level

AS 1:  Experimental Portfolio 50% of AS  20% of A level

AS 2:  Personal Response 50% of AS  20% of A level%

A2 Level

A2 1:Personal and Critical Investigation 60% of A2   36% of A level

A2 2: Thematic Outcome 40% of A2  24% of A level


Method of Assessment

Units will be assessed by the subject teacher and moderated by an external CCEA examiner.

Career Possibilities

Architecture: Interior, Spatial and Landscape.

Design: Fashion, Interior, Furniture, Illustration, Ceramics, Product, Textile Digital and Multi Media: Digital illustration, Concept Artist, Animator, 3D model maker, and Advertising. Education: Teaching, Lecturing, Art Therapy, Education/Arts Officer

Graphic Design: Publishing, Web Design, Logos and Branding

The Theatre: Set Design, Costume Design Art and Design can be great preparation for any career that requires fine motor skills, presentation skills, an eye for aesthetics and creative thinking.

Other Information

In Art and Design you will: Respond to ideas, themes and subjects; Pursue and analyse ideas; Research and communicate; Appreciate the work of artists and designers; Work independently; Visit exhibitions; Have opportunities to participate in Art workshops with local primary schools. Essential Personal Qualities: Commitment; Love of Art and Design; Creativity and Imagination.


Pupil Comments

  • A ‘level Art & Design is my favourite subject.  It offers the opportunity to experiment with so many different mediums and techniques and express yourself through this.  I really enjoy the class as you are always doing something different or new.”        (Julieanne, Year 14)
  • “Taking A Level Art is a really rewarding experience because you can see yourself improve over time. AS Level Art is my only non-essay subject, so having a balance and a creative outlet really helps me. In Art, you develop practical skills (like embroidery or printmaking) whilst also improving on personal qualities (like meeting deadlines). Every day in Art is interesting and it’s worth it to see something you want to create come to life.”                                                                                                                                    (Lara, Year 13)
  • “Taking Art and Design as an A ‘level subject was such a good decision.  I have really enjoyed trying new artistic processes that I didn’t get to experience at GCSE level, such as Pinhole photography and developing photograms in the Darkroom.  Art & Design is definitely the subject for you if you are creatively minded and like working independently.”                                                                                                                              (Aoife, Year 13)


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