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Art & Design (Illustration) A Level at St Crispin's School

Course description

For A level Art there are two courses that can be followed, Fine Art and Illustration. 

The Illustration course runs alongside the Fine Art course and involves the use of Photoshop and text in the final presentation of work.

Students will have their own studio spaces for independent study to develop their skills. Both courses include visits to galleries and related workshops.

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During the AS course students produce a portfolio of work, which will include sketch books, work books and journals along with an extended collection of work showing the students’ ability to research and develop ideas. The final exam takes the form of an externally set project which includes a supplementary 5 hour controlled test. The coursework includes critical analysis, recording project development through sketchbooks, experimental studies and final pieces of work within the disciplines associated to the specialism chosen.


During the A2 course students produce a portfolio of work, as for AS, with one of the practical units supported by a written study of 1,000-3,000 words on an aspect of Art or Illustration of their choice. The final exam takes the form of an externally set theme, a preparation period and a 15 hour controlled test.

Entry requirements

GCSE Art and Design at grade B or above. Students who have not studied Art at GCSE level will need to present examples of their work that have recently been undertaken.


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Future opportunities

An A level in Fine Art or Illustration provides foundation skills for a wide range of careers that involve the visual arts and many occupations. Students in the past have gone on to careers as animators, architects, art therapists, community arts workers, costume designers or design engineers. Other careers in theatre, television or film have also been open to students.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Crispin's School directly.

Last updated date: 09 June 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years