Art, Craft & Design (AS/A Level) | New College Courses

Art, Craft & Design (AS/A Level)

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  • The Course


This is a varied and exciting course where you will be introduced to a range of stimulating experiences and will explore a range of two and three-dimensional media, processes and techniques, in at least two of the areas listed above.  You will experience studio work, off-site location work, study trips and live briefs. You will be issued with exciting project briefs throughout the year, with design based outcomes.


It will give you an understanding of the importance of visual awareness to the quality of our lives, and an appreciation of the historical and contemporary links to other artists’ and designers’ work.


  • Where It Will Lead


It can help you to get in to a Foundation Art Course, a degree or Higher National Diploma in Art and Design.  It can also lead you into a range of careers, including graphic design, illustration, fine art, animation, and interior design etc.


  • Course Requirements


You should have a Grade 4 or GCSE Grade C or above in English, and preferably a Grade C in Art, or Graphic Design.  If you have not taken any art subjects at GCSE, you should have a portfolio, or examples of work you have done.  We can then advise you on your suitability for the AS/A Level course.


You should have real enthusiasm for Art and Design, and a high level of commitment is essential.


*Please note that these entry grade requirements may differ to those published in the 2017 prospectus.  Grade requirements as detailed here and on the website should always be used as the most accurate and up-to-date ones.



  • Study Programme


Included in the unit projects are a wide range of activities:

  • experimental and traditional drawing and painting
  • graphic design
  • print making
  • illustration
  • digital manipulation
  • lens based media and animation
  • packaging design
  • sculptural three-dimensional work
  • textiles
  • photography
  • ceramics
  • visiting practising artists and designer
  • Assessment

AS/A Level units are:


AS: Externally Set Task. In the first part of the AS, you will produce practical responses based on the work of other artists. The set task is given to you in January where you respond to set questions in your preferred art discipline. This course only has one unit for assessment at AS


A-Level Unit 1: Personal Investigation. Building on your skills at AS you will produce a final outcome which can be a 3D exhibition model complete with an animated digital poster, an online guide, and a related study, which can take the form of a written essay. (60% of A Level )


A Level Unit 2: Students independently develop ideas to set questions through sustained and focused investigations. You can now demonstrate your maturity in responding to a set question. (40% of A Level)


  • Facilities

There are very good studios and facilities for drawing and painting, animation, photography, graphic design, three-dimensional work, printmaking and digital work.


  • Expenses


You will be asked to pay a studio fee of £40 at the very beginning of your course.  This contribution assists with, exhibition costs, subsidised trips, use of consumables during workshop sessions (paper, ink, paint dyes, silkscreen preparation, glazing, firing, clay, machine equipment wear and tear, threads, beads, fabric samples etc).

You will need to pay for the materials required for mini projects and final outcomes.

Some materials and sketch books are available from the Art Department technicians at a subsidised cost.  Also, Art sales occur on a termly basis (Artway).

A kit and price list will be made available prior to commencing the course.


  • Visits

We organise exciting trips to major museums, galleries, or other art events and different locations for project work.  You are asked to pay reasonable costs of entrance and travel.


Visits have included the Tate Modern, Design Museum, Degree shows, Saatchi Gallery, National Portrait Gallery, Bristol Arnolfini Galleries, Kew Gardens, The V&A, National Stitch Show, Clothes Show Live, Barcelona, Venice, Florence, Madrid and Rome!

You are also encouraged to visit exhibitions in your own time.


  • Time

The normal college allocation for an AS/A Level course is up to five hours per week, although you should expect to spend an additional 5 hours private study time in the studios or as homework.


You can do more hours also by taking some of the eXtras in NCFE courses available in Textiles, Graphics, Life Drawing and also the extended project in Art History.


  • Further Information


To enhance your portfolio and skills base, it is strongly recommended that students opting for this course should also enrol on a “Creative Craft” course alongside the AS/A Level (see infosheet NC699).


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