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St Thomas More

Catholic School


Art and Design (A Level)

Course outline

AS Art and Design – Exam 100 %

A2 Art and Design –Personal Investigation 60 % Exam 40 %

Exam Board: OCR

What type of student succeeds at Art and design A Level?

Art and Design is a demanding A Level. It requires resilience and a willingness to work through problems and reflect on ones work independently. A love of creativity, awareness of oneself and the surrounding world is also essential.

Subject requirements at GCSE

A minimum of a Grade 5 at Art and Design GCSE is required in order to study Art and Design at A Level. The course requires a strong independent work ethic from the outset.

Complementary subjects

Art works well with a wide variety of subjects. For example, Maths and art are required to study architecture, ICT and art are required to study graphic design.


Students receive homework 3 times a week. Art and design is best learned through constant development of skills coupled with in-depth analysis of artists and artefacts. Art requires a lot of independent study, particularly for the “Personal Investigation”. Students must develop a clear understanding of the cultural context of their work by visiting galleries and museums, finding interesting and new interpretation that are reliable and valid.


Future Directions

Which university courses require Art and Design A Level?

Fine Art, Art History, Product Design, Art Therapy, Illustration, Photography, Fashion design, Web Design, Game Design, Interior Design, Art and design teacher/ lecturer and Graphic design degrees require an A level in Art and Design.

Which university courses look favourably on Art A Level?

Art and Design A Level is favourable for any degree which requires creative / lateral thought.

What are the entry requirements to study Art and Design at university?

Art and Design entry requirements are anywhere between A* - C. However entry is heavily based on portfolio presentation and an interview.

Which careers could Art and design A Level lead to?

Media, Publishing, Fashion, Design, Research, Graphics and Technology.