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Art, Craft and Design

A level

The Art Craft & Design A level is a 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 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.



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.

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 Controlled Assessment
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


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. A range of inspirational visiting speakers will form part of your study.

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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