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Art and design

Why study art and design?

Art is a journey not a destination. Art is a place where you can be creative and develop your own original way of working. Pushing boundaries through experimentation and refining ideas by looking at the work of other artists, allows you to develop as an artist. An appreciation and understanding of art will enrich your life.

The course provides opportunities to work in graphic design, photography, painting and drawing, 3D media including ceramics, sculpture and textiles.

What our students say

“Art has made me look at aspects of the world from a different perspective and has given me an appreciation for other artist’s talents.” Emma

“Art is different to other subjects because it allows you to express yourself without confinement.” Florence

“It is a beautiful chaos.” Vidya

Entry requirements

Grade 6 in an art-related subject at GCSE.

Potential courses

  • Architecture
  • Photography
  • Fashion management
  • Advertising
  • Illustration and graphic design
  • Textile design
  • Product design
  • Multimedia/Game design

Potential careers

  • Education/teacher
  • Advertising
  • Fashion design
  • Graphic design
  • Animator
  • Photographer
  • Architecture
  • Fashion and media journalism
  • Interior design

The A-level course

Unit% of A-level courseContent
Personal investigation60Students are required to conduct a practical investigation into an idea, issue, concept or theme, supported by written material. The focus of the investigation must be identified independently by the student and must lead to a finished outcome or a series of related finished outcomes.
Externally set assignment40This is a practical component only and begins on 1 February of the second year of study. Students will be given a choice of eight questions to be used as a starting point to develop a personal response. At the end of the assignment, students have a supervised time of 15 hours and must complete a finished outcome.

Alumni – where are they now?

  • Sonny (2018)- Leeds College of Art- foundation
  • Bushra (2018)- Cambridge- Architecture
  • Georgia (2018)- working and exhibiting as a freelance artist
  • Robert (2017)- Liverpool- Architecture
  • Nina (2013)- graduated 2017 Glasgow School of Art. Winner of the New Designers Awards 2017

Or, if you prefer to chat to someone please call our admissions team. For Senior School call 0113 228 5121 and for Primary School call 0113 228 5113.