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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.

Please note; may be required to pay course costs towards your study on this course. Please click here for a full list of 2020 Course Costs.

Course Content

The course structure is designed to develop and enrich you as an artist or designer. You will be supported in gaining skills through a series of integrated critical practical and theoretical workshops that will challenge and extend your experience and understanding of art and design practice as you start to produce a practical portfolio of work that reflects your expression of ideas and feelings through the skilful manipulation of visual language and materials.

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.

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

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 including GCSE Maths and GCSE English.
  • Grade 5 in GCSE Art.
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