Art, Craft & Design A Level

Course Description

Art, Craft and Design covers all areas of Art & Design, students will explore 3D, painting, drawing, print, photography, illustration, textiles & craft. The course will stretch your artistic capabilities in year one where you will explore a wide range of techniques, processes, materials and media. In year two you will specialise in one (or more) of the art, craft or design areas; creating a portfolio of work that explores your chosen pathway in detail.

Entry Requirements

Students studying three A Levels will be expected to have a minimum of two GCSEs at grade 6 and three other GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English Language and Mathematics at grade 4.

Course Content

A variety of subjects will be considered here: landscape, still life, detail and texture in nature and architecture and drawing from life. Subjects can be realistic or have a more contemporary, abstract and expressive approach. Other ideas could be concept- driven, with subtle or explosive colour, capturing the essence of the theme. Pattern, shape and texture can also be an interesting starting point and can be used to create a change in style that could inform a new art-work. This course will provide a foundation for those interested in fashion design, fine art, applied art and those wanting to explore a wide range of traditional & contemporary media & materials for drawing, sketching and painting as well as collage and mixed media. Inspiration is taken from a wide range of primary sources and all project work begins with your own drawings and photographs. You will use both creative drawing & photography methods to record, enhance and focus your ideas. You will work in sketchbooks documenting your creative making and use these to record and present all your artist research, gallery visits and practical workshop tasks. You will be set five hours a week independent study work, which will be documented in your sketchbooks and form the basis of your studio work.


Component one: Personal Investigation (60% of final grade) throughout year one and to December of year two. Component two: Externally Set Assignment (40% of final grade) runs from February to May of the second year. Both components are internally assessed and externally moderated. You will also present a portfolio and an exhibition of your work covering both components which is internally assessed and externally moderated.

Enrichment and Work Experience

There is an opportunity to complete a one week work placement in the summer term. Throughout the academic year there will be several day trips to galleries, artist studios and city visits to gather and practise your observation recording techniques. Some will be enriching, but for those that are compulsory, travel costs will be met by The Sixth Form. Workshops are run every Wednesday afternoon offering a range of enrichment activities including: Hand and machine stitch; 3D workshops; Paper-making; Mixed media art, craft & design.

Additional Information

To support your studies, you will be required to purchase relevant materials as outlined: Kit £10.10 and includes double sided tape, masking tape, glue stick, set of pencils, fine liner, biro, A3 calico, A5 lino, 3 sheets x tracing paper, 2 x plastic wallets, A3 plastic portfolio.

Links with other Subjects:
This course links well with Graphic Design, Fine Art, Photography, Media, and Film Studies.

Future Career Opportunities

• Textile designer
• Surface pattern designer
• 3D design
• Fashion styling/designer
• Photographer
• Illustrator

Why study at The Sixth Form Bolton?

The vast majority of our students go on to study textile design, surface pattern design, fashion design, printed textiles, 3D, photography, illustration and fine art at a range of prestigious universities with whom The Sixth Form has excellent links.