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‘A’ LEVEL Art & Design at Selby College

Course description

This is a general course intended to develop your art and design skills, expressive capabilities and creative powers. It involves detailed and wide-ranging research into the work of other artists and designers and the collection of preparatory images that will help spark off your ideas. We will always encourage you to take an experimental approach to the materials you use and the ideas you explore. We place a lot of emphasis on discovering what really excites you about art and design.

Course content

The course has a clear emphasis on all types of drawing and painting but you will also explore a wide range of other media and processes such as photography, printmaking and textiles. You will learn to experiment with many techniques in order to develop strong ‘start points’ that can later be worked up using different materials and technologies. There is a lot of flexibility in terms of the specialist areas you can move into, especially in year two.

Possible subjects that may be covered include:

• Painting, Drawing and Illustration

• Screen Printing, Relief Printing and Printed Textiles

• Mixed-media/Collage

• Surface Design

• Typography and Letterforms

• Photography

You will need to be committed to an intensive course of study and prepared to devote a lot of time to the production of high-quality work. This course can be taken alongside an A Level in Photography.

Entry requirements

Standard A Level entry requirements apply. For this course you must also have a Grade 4 or above in Art and Design. If this is not the case, you can still arrange for an interview where you can show-case a portfolio of your artwork and demonstrate your potential.


Assessment: 40% Awarding Body, 60% College

Future opportunities

There is a huge range of possible career areas for artists and designers. This course provides an excellent foundation if you wish to continue to study Art and Design subjects at higher education level. You might consider continuing your studies at Selby College on our Higher National Diploma in Art and Design where you can take your skills even further and reach a professional standard of work.

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: 28 September 2018
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