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Art, Craft & Design A Level at PETROC

Course description

This diverse and creative study programme will develop your independence and enthusiasm in art, craft and design. You will work across a variety of practical areas in both 2D and 3D, and explore both design and expressive disciplines. You will explore the concepts behind your pieces through research, creative thinking and by developing your own ideas.

Course content

You will explore the ideas and concepts behind your work through research, creative thinking and the development of your ideas and final outcomes. You will be encouraged to produce individual solutions to set briefs, so your work can progress in a direction of your own choice which may be traditional art processes or more design based activities such as fashion, textiles, millinery, footwear, jewellery, product design, furniture, architecture, graphic design, film, photography etc. 

The AS and A Levels are modular programmes made up of a themed coursework unit followed by an externally set assignment which includes a timed piece of work. You will be introduced to many new ways of working and thinking about art, craft and design, and then encouraged to work individually to evolve your own solutions to a brief through discussion, research, experimentation and exploration. 

Each year there will be the opportunity to take part in an educational visit to galleries and exhibitions, these visits are a really valuable and enjoyable great experience that past students have found invaluable in extending their studies.

Entry requirements

To be accepted onto a two-year A Level programme, all entrants must hold at least a grade 5 in GCSE Maths and a grade 5 in GCSE English Language, as well as at least 3 other GCSEs at grade C or above. Certain subjects require a minimum of GCSE grade B; these are detailed in this prospectus and on the Petroc website.
Continuation onto Year 2 of the A2 programme will be dependent on achieving at least a grade D at AS in the subjects being continued to A2.

A grade C or above in a creative subject.


Your work will be assessed using national assessment objectives which will be carefully explained. You will also assess your own work so that you understand exactly what kind of evidence you have to provide and how to improve your work. This includes recording your observations, experiences and ideas appropriate to your intentions; critically analysing and evaluating images and texts, showing your understanding; developing your ideas through sustained investigations and presenting a personal response. You will be given regular feedback about how you are progressing, and the opportunity to discuss and improve your work.

Future opportunities

Studying an Art, Craft and Design A Level will allow you to gain knowledge of and explore the fundamental principles of art and design language and visual problem solving, that can then be applied to any visual career from architecture to interior design to jewellery making, from community artist to fashion forecaster to illustrator and many, many more potential careers. 

Many students will choose to progress to the Diploma in Foundation Studies in Art and Design but some will go directly on to a specialist degree course in art and design, either at Petroc or elsewhere.

Further information

The course is based in a fully equipped Art & Design studio.

Q. Do I need to be good at drawing?
A. Not necessarily, the course will teach you how to improve your drawing skills. You just need to be keen & open minded, prepared to try new things & take risks with your work.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact PETROC directly.

Last updated date: 17 February 2017

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