Art, Craft & Design
"A Level Fine Art has really allowed me to refine my skills and is
an academic area that challenges my creative nature, teaches
me a variety of techniques and allows me to express myself. I
genuinely enjoy the content and the freedom the course gives
me." - Year 13 Student
Why study Art, Craft & Design?
Being creative is the next big thing. This popular A Level is a practical course that allows you to be
creative and get inspired. This course provides opportunities for working with a wide range of materials and disciplines with areas including painting, drawing, mixed-media, sculpture, ceramics, textiles installation, printmaking and photography - the combinations are infinite!
Extra-curricular aspects of the course
Manchester Gallery visits, Life Drawing, Opportunities' to work with local artists, Regular exhibitions,
UCAS “Design your future”, European trip available every academic year.
Students considering this course will need to present a broad portfolio of Art and Design work showing ability and commitment. A minimum grade 6 or above in Art GCSE is required for all students opting for this course.
Higher Education and Careers
This qualification provides students with an Art and Design portfolio to support an application to Higher education as well as the practical skills required for employment with further training. Interior Design,Advertising, Computer Design, Animation, Architect, Media & TV, Product Design, Fashion Design, Theatre Design, Jewellery Design, Photography, Teacher, Craft design, Graphic Design, Textile Design, Sign writer/Sign maker, Video Design, Web Design, Technical Illustrator, Sculptor, Special effects, Makeup Artist.
Equipment required for the course
Lessons take place in specialist workshops and studios, with some equipment and materials provided to enable students to complete project work. Students will be expected to provide their own basic kit
including sketch books, an A1 Art folder, drawing and painting materials and a memory stick. Students
will be expected to pay a small studio fee for equipment in September to cover their Ceramic, Metal,
Paint, canvas costs etc. This equipment is heavily discounted as it is purchased by the department.
At the end of each project, students will receive written feedback and suggestions for how to improve
their work in the next assignment. During the Summer Term of Year 13, students will work on their end of year show which will be displayed in the end of year exhibition. Students will use Year 12 to refine and develop their existing skill set. They will complete 2 projects from September - January and finish the year by completing a pre public examination in preparation for their externally set assignment in Year 13.
A Level Assessment Units
Component 1: Personal Investigation
Maximum Raw Mark 96
Scaling Factor X3
Maximum Scaled Mark 288
Component 2: Externally Set Assignment
Maximum Raw Mark 96
Scaling Factor X2
Maximum Scaled Mark 192
Total Scaled Mark 480