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Art, Craft and Design

A level

This highly creative and successful course offers a broad based art experience that encourages you to work in ways that are personally fulfilling and therefore enables you to achieve your potential.

The course is delivered through a series of taught practical and independent workshops, you will be taught by specialist teachers who have great experience in both the professional world of Art and Design and in preparing students to study a creative visual subject at university or at Level 4 Art Foundation.    

We currently offer the following three specialist pathways:  Fine Art, Graphic illustration and Fashion with textiles. Fashion and textiles also have the opportunity to explore textiles for interiors.

Course Content

You will be taught by specialist teachers who are practicing Fine Artists and Designers and have experience in professionally marketing and selling their work.

The course structure is designed to develop and enrich you as and artists or designer, challenge and extend your experience and understanding of a range of art and design practices.

You will be supported in gaining skills in creative problem solving and gain an in-depth understanding of movements and genres of art and design.

The course is designed to encourage you to develop skills, creativity, imaginatively and independently. We currently offer the following three specialist pathways:  Fine Art, Graphic illustration and Fashion with textiles.

Fine Art

You will explore a broad range of disciplines including printing, sculpture and 3D craft. Within each of these you will broaden your knowledge and experience of painting techniques using and combining acrylic and oil-based paints; printmaking processes including silkscreen, block and intaglio printing and sculpting, and producing 3D craftwork using ceramics. You will respond to inspiration from both the natural and built environment. 

Textiles / Fashion

You will explore areas of textiles to create new and innovative work. Inspiration and reference will come from a range of starting points, using drawing, collage and mixed media techniques and processes including repeated pattern, print, applique, felt-making, heat techniques and machine embroidery.

You will explore associated media and techniques including fine art – printmaking and painting, photography and digital surface pattern for fashion or interiors using Photoshop.

Graphic Illustration

You will explore effective and innovative ways of producing visual communication ideas.

You will experiment with a wide range of traditional and contemporary techniques through drawing, printmaking, digital photography, silk screen printing, painting and collage within practical taught studio sessions, alongside acquiring an extensive knowledge and ability to create visual digital images that explore a narrative or create a message. You will respond to inspiration from both the natural and built environment.


  • 40% Exam
  • 60% Coursework
  • Exam Board: OCR

Practical Portfolio: The portfolio will consist of a sustained practical assignment with supporting contextual research the assignment demonstrates; research, ideas development, refinement and final solution.

Related Study: This consists of written and where appropriate illustrated work of 1500 words. The written work reflects the context of the practical portfolio work.

Controlled Assignment: You will produce work in response to an externally set task. You will demonstrate research skills and the acquisition of media techniques. A final piece will be realised in 15 hours of supervised time.

Special Features

During the course there are opportunities to visit local museums and Art Gallery’s
In the past these have included the London visits to:  V&A and The Tate Modern

Opportunities are also available to take part in local Art competitions and visit art college’s degree shows.

Watch a video by our former student, Georgia Record, who studied Fine Art at Aberystwyth University, talking about her very positive experience of Art, Craft & Design A level at Long Road:

Entry requirements

  • At least 7 GCSEs at Grade 4, including GCSE English and GCSE Maths.
  • Grade 5 in GCSE Art.

Please note; you may be required to pay course costs towards your study on this course. Please click here for a full list of 2021/2022 course costs. 

After Long Road

We offer an exciting Level 4 Art Foundation course which is designed to enable you to further explore your creativity.

Students who recently completed their course are taking, Textile Design at Norwich University of the Arts (NUA), Graphic Design at NUA, Architecture at Lincoln University,
Ravensbourne  graphics, UAL foundation,   University Bournemouth, Art & Design at Leeds Beckett University and Computer Animation and Modelling at Hertfordshire University.

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