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Art, Craft and Design

A level

This highly creative and successful course offers a broad-based art experience and is delivered through a series of taught practical and independent workshops. Our studios are purpose-built and are light and spacious. Our facilities boast a photographic studio, darkroom and laser cutter as well as excellent printing facilities and technology.  You will be taught by specialist teachers who are practising fine artists and designers and who have professional experience in marketing and selling their work. 

The course will support you in developing your skills and creativity, imaginatively and independently. You will be encouraged to use combinations of specialist practical media and explore new and innovative ways of developing your artwork.

Please note; may be required to pay course costs towards your study on this course. Click here for a full list of Course Costs

Course Content

The course structure is designed to develop and enrich you as an artist or designer, challenging and extending your experience and understanding of a range of art and design practices. You will be supported in improving skills in creative problem solving, and you will gain an in-depth understanding of movements and genres of art and design.

You will be able to choose between 3 specialisms: 

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.


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

Study trips are an exciting part of the course: you will have the opportunity to visit a range of UK galleries and museums and art and design fairs as well as the option of participating in an international trip.

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 4 in a range of subjects including Maths and English.

A grade 5 or equivalent is required in Art at GCSE level.

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