Art and Design A Level

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


Art has expanded tremendously in the 21st Century, and Art and Design acknowledges and celebrates these changes in drawing, painting, mixed media, design, digital photography, ICT graphics, video, and installation. Our courses are augmented by trips and visits out to major museums. All Art students exhibit in the competitive juried Annual Student Summer Exhibition, and are given opportunities to exhibit in regional exhibitions such as the Downton Awards and NADFAS. MGS artists have an impressive record of prize winnings and university scholarships.

There are three titles available: Fine Art; Photography; and Graphic Communication.

Fine Art includes practical and critical work associated with one or more media, including painting and drawing, mixed media, sculpture, land art, installation, printmaking, video, and photography.

Photography may take the form of traditional darkroom and/or digital/video imagery, and may include the themes of portraiture, landscape, still life, documentary, experimental work, or installations.

Graphic Communication may include graphic design, illustration, advertising, packaging design, computer graphics, multimedia, web design, film, and video.

Art and Design is useful for a variety of career choices such as the Fine Arts, Product Design, Graphic Design, Illustration, Architecture, the Media, Cinema, Special Effects, Fashion, Urban Planning, Stagecraft, and Primary Education.


The one year AS programme of study includes:

            Observational Imagery, culminating in a specially designed brief (approximately 20 weeks).

            Externally Set Assignment (exam), prep and development beginning 1 February of Year 12 and concluding with a 10-hour long practical in late April.    


The full A Level syllabus includes:

            Observational Imagery, culminating in a specially designed brief (approximately 20 weeks).

            A Self-Directed topic (10 months).

            An essay.    

            Externally Set Assignment (exam), prep and development beginning 1 February of Year 13 and concluding with a 15-hour long practical in late April.



As above.

How will it be delivered?

Entry requirements

To study this course, you should have at least a Grade 5 in GCSE Art or its equivalent, such as a Distinction for Art GNVQ. Also, at least Grade 5 in GCSE Maths and English.

Your next steps...

You could take this course to complement other Advanced Level courses such as History of Art, which could lead onto Higher Education in areas of Art and Design, Photography, Architecture, or more general Higher Education courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to Art and Design such as an Architect, Interior or Fashion Designer. The course will also 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.