Art and Design

If you're creative and love working with a range of images, colours and textures, then this course could be for you.

This A level in Art and Design will give you an in-depth understanding of fine art media, techniques and processes, whilst also providing you with a closer look at the traditional and the new fine art technologies such as 2D and 3D.

You will gain lots of experience as you develop your own personal portfolio which you can then go on to present at universities or to employers.

This A level is great to study alongside A level English Literature and A level History.

When will I start the course and how long will it take?

All A level study begins in September and will take two years to complete.

What will I study?

During this A level, you will cover the following:

  • Acquire skills, knowledge and understanding as well as the language needed to create, develop and present high quality art work.
  • Explore a range of techniques, materials and processes such as: painting, printmaking, mixed media, digital photography, collage, 3D and drawing using pastels, charcoal, inks, watercolour, oil and acrylic paint.
  • Understand the many different art and design methods and principles.
  • Learn how to use primary and secondary sources.
  • Understand how creative focuses influence each other.
  • Explore working methods linked to industry practice.

How is it assessed?

You will be assessed by examinations at the end of year 13 and assessments of your practical skills across year 12 and 13.

Do I need any previous qualifications to start this course?

You should have five GCSEs at grade 4 or above (equivalent to grade C or above), including English and maths. You should have excelled in GCSE art and you will need to have a portfolio of previous work.

What are the course fees?

If you are a school leaver, aged 16-18, (under the age of 19 on or before 31st August 2019), you do not pay tuition fees or examination and registration fees and may be eligible for additional support depending on your financial situation. For more information, please visit our dedicated Financial Support page.

What can I go on to do once I have completed this course?

The creative industries offer an enormous amount of exciting and varied career paths.

You may wish to progress on to degree level study, with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art Painting at University Centre St Helens, validated by prestigious university partner University of Chester.

You could find yourself pursuing a career in fashion, interior design, graphic design, the fine arts or even teaching.

Additional Information

Art and design students are required to purchase a pack of materials at the start of term. You may be eligible for a bursary to cover these costs.

Ref: Joanne Greenhalgh

What our tutors say...

"A level Art and Design encourages independent thought. It can give you a breadth of understanding about yourself and the wider world. You will work in specialist creative spaces guided by tutors who are passionate about helping you develop as an artist."

Shirley, Art and Design Tutor

Why choose our A Level Academy?

Dedicated Support

Our class sizes are small and the support focussed to help you to stay on track with your studies.

Excellent Progression

We have progression routes that lead to university, a higher apprenticeship or employment.

Tailored Subjects

Study three A levels or choose a Professional Skills Programme to help you prepare for your future.

Transport Links

Getting to St Helens College is easier than ever with our free bus pass and dedicated bus service.

UCAS Applications

Experienced tutors provide support with UCAS applications and personal statements.

Student Experience

Gain insight from industry guest speakers, travel abroad and in the UK and compete in competitions.