A Level | Art, Craft & Design

A Level in Art, Craft & Design 


Exam Board: AQA


Will the course suit me?

You should be creative and interested in developing further your artistic skills and knowledge of art and design. You should be willing to participate actively in your area of study, recognising and developing your own strengths in the subject, whilst identifying and sustaining your own lines of enquiry. Level 6 or above in GCSE Art & Design is essential.


Course Description

Art, Craft, Design covers a range of disciplines within fine art, ceramics, textiles, photography, 3D design and graphic communication. Over the two year programme you are required to explore two distinct components for assessment – one coursework component and one externally set task..

Component 1 requires you to produce work within two or more of these disciplines, while for Component 2 you are required to produce work in just one or more of these disciplines.

At A Level (A2) the course is divided into two components. The Personal Enquiry (Component 1*) is worth 60 %

*This component is integrated with a written element of no more than 3000 words.

The Externally Set Task (Component 2) is worth 40%.

The externally set task at both levels will culminate in a time-controlled outcome.

On the whole, it is expected that students have had at least two years prior experience of art and design or textiles. It is advised that a grade B, or at least level 6 or above is achieved at GCSE or the equivalent in order to make swift progress in Lower Sixth.

In all components, you have the opportunities to develop your skills across a range of media and to specialise in certain areas. An evolving portfolio of work within the chosen media is presented for moderation, which should include content within two of the following disciplines:


Fine Art

Drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, film, video or television



Communication, computer graphics, illustration, web design, advertising, film, video or television


Three-Dimensional Design

Ceramics, Sculpture, theatre, TV or file design, exhibition design, interior, product or environmental design



Portraiture, documentary, photojournalism, environmental photography, still life or experimental imagery in digital or 35 mm format


Textile Design

Fashion, printing, construction, embellished surfaces


Benefits of the course

The course will encourage you to develop further:

  • Imaginative, creative and intuitive powers;
  • Investigative, analytical, experimental, practical, technical and expressive skills, aesthetic understanding and critical judgement;
  • Knowledge and understanding of art, craft and design in contemporary society and in other times and cultures;
  • A strong foundation in some of the aspects required and explored at a higher level in the creative field.


Outside the classroom

Gallery/Museum visits. Overseas trips, previous destinations – Bilbao, Paris, Madrid and Barcelona, Venice, Florence and Rome, Prague, Vienna and Budapest.


Further Opportunities

A one-year Art Foundation course is usually the preferred and most beneficial route to a chosen Arts Degree subject. Past LP students have gone on to become fashion, graphic, interior and product designers; painters, printers and sculptors; paparazzi and studio photographers; film makers and animators; set designers, ceramicists and architects.


If you have any queries about this course, please contact Head of Department: Mark Wood

To apply for our Sixth Form, please visit our Admissions page.

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