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Art and Design A Level at Holy Cross Sixth Form College

Course description

The Art course gives you the opportunity to develop a personal and structured approach to project work by exploring ideas and materials, developing your critical faculties in both practical and written work and acquiring a high level of design and making skills. This is the most open-ended of the Art & Design courses and enables the most diverse opportunities for exploration of materials, media and ideas.

Course content

You will be following a broad course where you will have the opportunity to work in a variety of areas. All projects start with drawing and could develop into the areas of painting, photography, three dimensional work, mixed media, fashion design, textile and computer based artwork. You will study the work of other artists, designers and photographers, including work from primary sources during visits to galleries and museums.

Entry requirements

General college entry requirements. In addition, you will need a grade C or above in Graphics, Art or a related area like Design and Technology. Grade C or higher in English is recommended. If you have studied BTEC Art and Design/Art and Design Extended Certificate/Art and Design Diploma you will need a Pass at Level 2. Students without GCSE in Art or a related subject area will need to present a folder of work for negotiation, which must include at least one drawing made from direct observation.


The assessment constitutes coursework (60%) and an externally set assignment, supported by preliminary studies (40%). The coursework includes a written, illustrated critical and contextual study, related to an area of interest for the student.

Future opportunities

Most students go on to specialised degree courses in Art & Design. There are many careers open to you from fine art to industrial design, including restoration, museum work, arts administration, advertising, photography, textiles, fashion, television, communications, occupational therapy and teaching. Most things around you have been designed by or required the skills of a trained artist in their production or promotion.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Holy Cross Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 09 October 2015

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