Art and design

Art and design

What is A level Art and design?

Art is defined as the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power. It is a way of expressing yourself, your thoughts and feelings in relation to the world around you.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at grades 4 – 9, across four separate subjects, to include GCSE Mathematics and/or English/English Language. In addition you must achieve a grade 4 or above in GCSE Art. An ability to draw to a good standard is essential for the course.

Subject leader

Simon Humphreys

"I have always loved art and the challenge of creating pieces that explore realism but I was always intimidated by large scale pieces. Art at college broke down that barrier for me and encouraged me to be more ambitious allowing me to create pieces I didn’t think I could. Emma and Steph also opened new opportunities for me to enter competitions, such as my Cloudland submission that was exhibited at Alexandra Palace Theatre. As long as you’re willing to push yourself and work hard, you’ll surprise yourself!"

Isabel Arnold

what will I study?

As part of the course, you will initially explore a range of small projects in order to introduce you to a range of experimental media and concepts. These include traditional materials such as drawing, sculpture, painting, print, both digital and darkroom photography and graphics. You will then work on independent projects building up a portfolio of work in two different units. You will also take part in drawing workshops, giving you the opportunity to work on a life drawing study programme to enhance your observational drawing skills.

additional activities with this subject

Students have had the opportunity to visit the Liverpool Biennale; an Arts festival exploring an extensive range of artworks, projects and events. Art students have also visited galleries such as Tate Liverpool and taken advantage of local opportunities at Touchstones to both see and exhibit work. Students have also visited Warner Brothers studio tour for those students looking to go into set design or animatronics to provide a better understanding of working practices and understand the range of potential fields for progression into.


For September 2021


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