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Art & Design A level at St Helens College

Course description

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.

Course content

During this A level, you will cover the following units:

  • 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.

Entry requirements

You should have five GCSEs at grade C or above, and you must have a grade C in English and maths. You should have excelled in GCSE art and you will need to present a portfolio of work at enrolment.


You will be assessed by a combination of exams, coursework and portfolio/personal study project.

Financial information

If you are a school leaver, aged 16-18, (under the age of 19 on or before 31st August 2016), you do not pay tuition fees or examination and registration fees and may be eligible for additional support depending on your financial situation.

Future opportunities

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

You may wish to progress onto degree level study, with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art Painting at University Centre St Helens, accredited 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.

Further 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.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Helens College directly.

Last updated date: 10 August 2016

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