Study option                                   Exam board                         Specification code

A Level two-year course            AQA                                                       7202

Why choose art?

We have a strong track record of success in art and excellent facilities including dedicated art, textiles and photography studios and a dark room.

Art is a visual language and the aim of this course is to encourage personal expression, imagination, conceptual thinking and observation through the study of artists and cultures and the development of practical skills. The emphasis is on individual creative work and personal investigation which engender a sense of adventure, confidence and achievement.

Where can it lead?

If you want to make a career in this field, your next step is likely to be to art school for foundation studies and then a specialist degree course. Possible careers include architecture, art history, broadcasting, fashion and textile design, fine art, graphic design/animation, illustration, interior and public space design, museum and gallery organisation, teaching and theatre design. A Level art is also welcomed for other disciplines in combination with your other chosen A Level subjects.

What and how will I study?

  • Painting and drawing
  • Printmaking – screen printing, relief printing, monoprinting, collgraph, drypoint and etching
  • Sculpture – clay, assemblage, wire, plaster, papier mache, casting, card and combined materials
  • Alternative media – collage, montage and fibre arts
  • Lens-based media – photographs, photocopying, digital, computer-generated art
  • Mixed media – combinations of the above.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment of your work is through a mix of portfolio and externally set assignment:

Level Name Duration Weighting
A Level Personal investigation Continuous 60%
A Level Externally set assignment 15 hours plus preparatory period 40%

Personal Investigation

You are required to conduct a practical investigation into an idea, issue, concept or theme, supported by written material. The focus of the investigation must be identified independently by you and must lead to a finished outcome or a series of related finished outcomes. The investigation should be a coherent, in-depth study that demonstrates your ability to construct and develop a sustained line of reasoning from an initial starting point to a final realization. The investigation must be informed by an aspect of contemporary or past practice of artists, photographers, designers or craftspeople.

Externally set assignment

You will produce personal work in response to one of eight exciting starting points and the supervised time is 15 hours.

Are there any specific entry requirements?

You do not need to have taken art at GCSE; to study art to A Level all you need is enthusiasm and commitment.