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 four A Levels will be expected to have a minimum of 6 GCSEs at grade A/A*/7, 8 or 9 including English Language and Mathematics at grade 6 or above. Students studying three A Levels will be expected to have a minimum of two GCSEs at grade B/6 and three GCSEs at grade C/4 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.


• Hand and machine stitch workshops
• 3D workshops
• Paper-making
• Mixed media art, craft & design workshops


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.

Future Career Opportunities

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

Why Study at BSFC?

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.