Art and Design Pathway (3 A Levels)

Arts, Media and Publishing

Arts, Media and Publishing
Arts, Media and Publishing
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What will you be working towards?

Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


The Art Pathway (3 A Levels) aims to provide students with key knowledge and understanding of the Art industry.  It develops career opportunities as well as access to further or higher education courses.  The course focuses mainly on Fine Art and all students will develop outcomes and responses that reflect their ideas as they develop across all three Art subjects namely:

Art Graphics & Visual Communications

Fine Art

Photography and Lens Based Media


The Subject Criteria for Art require that not only practical artistic skills and abilities should be developed in any course of study, but also that the study of art and design and its various contexts should form part of any student’s education. Therefore, in addition to making artefacts, students should be encouraged to reflect on their own work and on the work of others. 

 The GCE in Art and Design has been designed to encourage an adventurous and enquiring approach to art and design. Successful students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of past and contemporary art and design practice and be able to produce artwork that embraces a range of ideas.  Students will develop interesting themed based work from their own ideas. 

How will it be delivered?

Please see the prospectus sheets for Fine Art, Photography/Lens-Based Media and Art Graphics/Visual Communication for further details. 

Entry requirements

2 Year Course - 5 GCSE grades 9-4 and minimum Grade 7 in GCSE Fine Art and ideally have a Photography and/or Art Graphics GCSE at minimum Grade 4

Your next steps...

The course will encourage you to explore your creative mind and help you develop the basic skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for. The most established route is to take an Art and Design Foundation Diploma. This is a one-year pre-degree course which prepares you for progression to Higher Education courses in Art and Design. Art and Design is a neat and compact title, though grossly inadequate for the sprawling range of jobs and careers that it encompasses. The application of this subject is limitless from painting to conceptual art, to produce design, from stained glass or sculpture to computer animation.