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Art and Design A Level at New College Nottingham

Course description

If you’re creative, want to improve your artistic practice and enhance your technique in different artistic forms, this course is for you. Art and design feature in every aspect of our daily lives from the cereal box we grab every morning to the trainers you walk to college in – they’ve all been through an artistic process. 

Studying Art and Design at A Level will give you an excellent grounding in drawing, painting, graphics, textiles, fashion, ceramics, sculpture and printing. You’ll also study the history of art, where you’ll discover more about the context of art through the ages and use your knowledge to inspire your own work. The course is a gateway to many exciting careers including graphic design, advertising, product development and roles within arts organisations. It could even be the start of a freelance career as an artist. 

Course content

This practical course is a great way to learn new techniques and develop ideas. You’ll be encouraged to experiment and develop your own unique style. You’ll study drawing; painting; ceramics; sculpture; screen printing; lino and mono printing; photography; creative textiles; graphics; computer graphics; and art history. You’ll visit art galleries and museums, and undertake projects and workshops with industry partners, artists and the local community.

Entry requirements

You’ll need 5 GCSEs at grades A*-C and at least a grade C in Art and Design.


You’ll undertake a combination of examinations and coursework: 
AS Level: a coursework portfolio and a controlled assignment (five-hour exam). 
A Level: a personal investigation with 3,000 word study and a controlled assignment (15-hour exam).

Future opportunities

You could progress to further studies on a foundation diploma in art and design, or a higher education course in fine art, graphic design, textile design or 3D design. There are lots of careers open to you such as fashion designer, graphic designer, illustrator, interior designer or textile designer.


If you would like to find out more about how this could unfold for you, our advisors are on hand to help – just click the Contact an Advisor option to the right.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact New College Nottingham directly.

Last updated date: 25 April 2016

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    • This former lace mill from the 1800s was once the centrepoint of the UK's world renowned lace manufacturing industry but now it's home to more than 50 of ncn's courses, including TV, Film and Digital Industries, Fashion, Multimedia, Games Development, Business and Administration, Aviation, Travel and Tourism, our HE Centre, ICT and many more.

      The building itself is some seven floors and in our fashion and textiles rooms right at the top of the building, you can enjoy some amazing views of the city.
      Across the road we have our Visual Arts Academy housed within another impressive building located at 25 Stoney Street. Here we have vast rooms and studios with amazing light so that all our art, design and photography students can do their thing.
      It's no coincidence that ncn's Visual Arts and Fashion and Media and Digital Academies are in the heart of the Lace Market. The area has been named Nottingham's Creative Quarter where hundreds of small creative businesses operate from. This connnectivity and vibrant environment gives our creative students a head start!