Art and Design (Graphics) A Level

Arts, Media and Publishing

Arts, Media and Publishing
Arts, Media and Publishing
We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

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


Mascalls Academy offers four separate A Level courses within the area of Art and Design and students will be introduced to a wide variety of experiences exploring a range of media, techniques and processes, with candidates using sketchbooks and portfolios to underpin their work where appropriate.


This course covers areas of graphic communication such as illustration, advertising, packaging design, communication and computer graphics.


A Level – Years 1 and 2

Year 12

Students will be introduced to a range of techniques and artists, and asked to produce a portfolio of work in response to the common theme, which they will develop in their own direction. This portfolio will be designed to document key skills and techniques students have accessed. In January of Year 12 students will start to develop Personal Investigation based projects which will form the bases for Component 1 investigations. Year 12 work will be submitted to support marks awarded for the Component 1 “Personal Investigation” project.

Year 13 - Component 1  

Personal investigation – This is a practical unit with written elements (1500-3000 words) in which students are given the opportunity to develop a personal investigation of their choice based on an issue, concept, theme or ideas leading to finished piece. The investigation will involve students’ researching other artists’ work, both historic and contemporary.

Year 13 - Component 2  

Controlled assessment – Students will be able to select a question from the exam paper and will be given eight weeks’ preparation time, which concludes with a fifteen-hour exam, in which to complete the final piece.

How will it be delivered?

Students will undertake skills-based investigations in Year 12, resulting in a Year 12 portfolio. Two formal components will be undertaken in Year 13. The second component in Years 12 and 13 is externally assessed at the end of Year 13. Component 1 combined is worth 60% of the final mark and Component 2 combined is worth 40% of the final mark.


Entry requirements

Level 5 or above in one of the Art subjects at GCSE.  Please note that for students wishing to study more than one art based subject, they will need to perform highly at GCSE.  Admission onto multiple courses will be determined on an individual basis. 


Your next steps...

Many of our Art students go onto Foundation Courses at local or London colleges with whom we have close contact and from there to university, to specialise in the form of the arts most suited to their skills. The creative arts industry is one of the fastest growing employment sectors, and Art students can expect a range of job opportunities - either establishing themselves as artists, designers and photographers in their own right or through working in a gallery, museum, in theatre, film, advertising, marketing, therapy, teaching, publishing or illustrating - to mention just a few.