A Level Art, Craft & Design

Arts, Media and Publishing

Arts, Media and Publishing
Arts, Media and Publishing

What will you be working towards?

Alternative Title GCE A Level Art, Craft and Design
Code ART1
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


This is a general course intended to develop your Art & Design skills, expressive capabilities and creative powers. It involves detailed and wide-ranging research into the work of artists and designers and the collection of preparatory images that will help spark your ideas. You will be encouraged to take an experimental approach to the materials you use and the ideas you explore. We place a lot of emphasis on discovering what really excites you about Art & Design.


The course has a clear emphasis on all types of drawing and painting but you will also explore a wide range of other media and processes such as printmaking, textiles and 3D design. You will learn to experiment with many techniques in order to generate strong ‘starting points’ that can be developed later on using different materials and technologies. There is a lot of flexibility in terms of the specialist areas you can move into, especially in Year Two.

Possible pathways that may be covered include:

  • Painting, Drawing and Illustration
  • Printmaking and Textiles
  • Mixed-media Collage
  • Graphic Design
  • 3D Design
  • Photography and Moving Image

You will need to be committed to an intensive course of study and prepared to devote a lot of time to the production of high-quality work. This course can be taken alongside an A Level in Photography.

How will it be delivered?

40% Awarding Body, 60% College

Entry requirements

In addition to the minimum A Level requirements - 4 GCSEs at Grade 5, plus English at Grade 4 - you will usually be expected to have a GCSE at Grade 5 or above in Art & Design. If this is not the case, you can still arrange for an interview where you can showcase a portfolio of your artwork to demonstrate your potential. If you have not achieved a grade 4 in Mathematics, you will be required to continue studying this alongside your course.

Your next steps...

Many of our students progress onto the Higher National Diploma in Art & Design at Selby College to take their skills even further and reach a professional standard of work, or alternatively apply for related courses at university.

Potential Careers

  • Photographer
  • Graphic Designer
  • Fashion Designer
  • Art Therapist
  • Illustrator
  • Printmaker