Art, Craft & Design

Course Length: 2 years
Study Type: Full time
Start Date: September

Course Overview

Hone your artistic skills with this comprehensive A level course which will give you grounding in the fundamentals of Art, Craft & Design. At the end of first year you will specialise in your chosen field of Photography, Fine Art, Graphics, Textiles or 3D - allowing you to focus on two main projects in the second year.

  • Entry Requirements
    Grade 9-4 at GCSE in an art-based subject, a portfolio is also required at interview. Please see our Entry Requirements for more guidance.
  • Benefits/Skills
    On this A level, you will develop your technical skills with brushes, pens, pencils, and less conventional media. More importantly, you will look at the creative process and how to pursue your own ideas. You will integrate and build upon other people’s work to push the boundaries of the materials you are working with.
  • Units/Modules
    In the first six weeks of this course you will be equipped with the basic foundation skills and knowledge you will need over the next two years. Covering topics such as observational photography, digital editing, observational drawing and colour theory printmaking, this induction will give you the tools needed to progress. Year 1 culminates in an independent cross disciplinary investigation which sees you take your chosen specialism (Photography, Fine Art, Graphics, Textiles or 3D) and form a project around this. The project will see you develop, refine, record and present your ideas; showcasing the skills you have learnt over the previous seven months. Year 2 sees you fully focused on your chosen specialism and consists of two main projects. The first, a personal investigation, gives you the chance to produce a project looking into a topic of your choice within your chosen specialism. This project is worth 60% of your final grade. The second is set by the exam board, AQA, and culminates in a 15 hour practical exam. This accounts for 40% of your final grade.
  • Careers/Progression
    This course can lead to a variety of career routes depending on your specialism. Examples include art, graphic design, fashion design, animation, commercial photography, illustration, product design, advertising, architecture and marketing.

just for fun

Famous artist, Henry Spencer Moore, was from nearby Castleford. Study at Leeds Sixth Form College and you can visit The Henry Moore Institute which is only a short walk away.
Student at work in the classroom

I chose Leeds Sixth Form College as it's right in the heart of a vibrant and cosmopolitan city where I can discover new experiences.

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