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Art, Craft and Design (Graphic Illustration) A level at Long Road Sixth Form College

Course description

The Art Craft & Design A level is an exceptional, highly successful course which has a great reputation and strong links with universities. It is broad-based, exploring practical and critical contextual work through a range of processes and media. You will choose one specialist pathway which will determine your combination of media, complemented by additional processes. 

Your personal organisation is fundamental to the demands of the course. You will be encouraged to talk about your work through one-to-one and informal group discussions, portfolio reviews, and you will receive teachers’ feedback throughout the course. 

Your pathway for this A level will be Graphic Illustration.

Course content

Graphic Illustration:

You will explore effective and innovative ways of producing visual communication ideas.

You will experiment with a wide range of traditional and contemporary techniques through drawing, printmaking, digital photography, silk screen printing, painting and collage within practical taught studio sessions, alongside acquiring an extensive knowledge and ability to create visual digital images that explore a narrative or create a message. You will respond to inspiration from both the natural and built environment.

Personal Investigation 

Element 1 Practical Portfolio

The portfolio will consist of a sustained practical assignment with supporting contextual research the assignment  demonstrates; research, ideas development, refinement and final solution.  

Element 2 Related Study

This consists of written and where appropriate illustrate work of 1500 words. The written work reflects the context of the practical portfolio work.

Element 3 Controlled Assessment

You will produce work in response to an externally set task. You will demonstrate research skills and the acquisition of media techniques. A final piece will be realised in 15 hours of supervised time.  

Entry requirements

At least 7 GCSEs at Grade 4 in a range of subjects including Maths and English. A Grade 4 or equivalent is required in Art at GCSE level. 

Future opportunities

Examples of degree courses, leading to possible future careers, include Fine Art, Architecture, Interior Design, Graphic & Games Design Fashion and Surface Pattern Design, Painting and Printing and a range of combined courses.

Students who completed A level Art, Craft and Design in 2017 are taking, for example, Textile Design at Norwich University of the Arts (NUA), Graphic Design, also at NUA, Architecture at Lincoln University, Textiles at Art University Bournemouth, Art & Design at Leeds Beckett University, Computer Animation and Modelling at Hertfordshire University, and Animation at Salford University.

If you are considering a career in any area of arts, you are strongly advised to study Art, Craft and Design at A level.

Further information

Come to our Open Evening on 18th and 19th October 5-9pm.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 04 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Course code: ARGAY18

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