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Art, Craft and Design

A level

The Art Craft & Design A level is an exceptional, highly successful course which has a great reputation and strong links with universities. It is broad-based, exploring practical and critical contextual work through a range of processes and media. You will choose one specialist pathway when you apply which will determine your combination of media, complemented by additional processes.  

Your personal organisation is fundamental to the demands of the course. You will be encouraged to talk about your work through one-to-one and informal group discussions, portfolio reviews, and you will receive teachers’ feedback throughout the course.  

Your personal organisation is fundamental to the demands of the course. You will be encouraged to talk about your work through one-to-one discussions, informal open group discussions and portfolio reviews, and your teachers will give you feedback throughout the course. 

In addition to practical studio sessions, you are also encouraged to visit galleries and museums.Group trips to the Fitzwilliam Museum, Tate Modern, New Designers,V&A and Natural History Museum and visiting speakers will form part of your study.


Painting and Printmaking

You will explore both of these areas taking inspiration and reference from a range of starting points, using drawing, printmaking and painting processes.This will encourage you to create experimental, innovative work by combining different techniques and media in unusual and personal ways. Further experimentation will involve the use of Photoshop to produce digital work based on your painting and print samples.

Three-dimensional Craft and Painting

You will explore both of these areas using inspiration from the natural and man-made environment to create unique art and craft . There will be an opportunity to learn new skills and combine techniques ranging from hand building with clay , forming and sculpting using wood , metal and plaster. Along with this you will broaden your knowledge and experience of painting techniques using both acrylic and oil-based paints

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. These varied approaches will support and enrich your textiles/fashion exploration and outcomes.

Graphic Illustration

You will experiment and explore with specialist digital processes to create experimental digital illustrations. Inspiration and reference will come from a range of starting points and will involve combining; photography, painting, printmaking, drawing and collage to create experimental illustrations using Photoshop, In Design and Illustrator.

Course content

Personal Investigation

  • Element 1 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.

  • Element 2 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.

  • Element 3

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.

Is it for me?

The Art, Craft and Design course provides the ideal structure, if you wish to pursue Art and Design at Degree level or as a career.

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 C in a range of subjects including Maths and English, both at Grade 4. A Grade C or equivalent is required in Art at GCSE level.



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