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A Level Art and Design

Course outline

If you’re creative, want to improve your artistic practice and enhance your technique in different artistic forms, this course is for you. Art and design feature in every aspect of our daily lives from the cereal box we grab every morning to the trainers you walk to college in – they’ve all been through an artistic process.

Studying Art and Design at A Level will give you an excellent grounding in drawing, painting, graphics, textiles, fashion, ceramics, sculpture and printing. You’ll also study the history of art, where you’ll discover more about the context of art through the ages and use your knowledge to inspire your own work. The course is a gateway to many exciting careers including graphic design, advertising, product development and roles within arts organisations. It could even be the start of a freelance career as an artist.

You will study this course alongside 2 or 3 other A Levels and you will be able to select your chosen subjects when you apply online.

This course is a great way to learn new techniques and develop ideas. You’ll be encouraged to experiment and develop your own unique style.

You’ll study:

  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Ceramics
  • Sculpture
  • Screen printing
  • Lino and mono printing
  • Photography
  • Creative textiles
  • Graphics
  • Computer graphics
  • Art history

You’ll visit art galleries and museums, and undertake projects and workshops with industry partners, artists and the local community.

You can view some of the fantastic creative works of our students on our Creative Showcase website below.

View showcase

How to apply for this course

Apply now to study an A Level Programme in 2022/23.

You will select your individual subjects when you complete the application.

Choose a course option below and press apply now.

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Location Date
25 Stoney Street

Start: 5th September 2022

A Level Programme (2 years)

Course code: C000450 / Q000528

25 Stoney Street

Start: 5th September 2022

A Level Programme Intensive (1 year)

Course code: C000453 / Q022044


A Level Art and Design


1-2 years

Level Level 3
Entry requirements
  • To study 3 A Levels you’ll need at least 5 GCSE’s at grades 9-4 (A*-C) including GCSE English and Maths at grade 4 (C) or above.
  • To study 4 A Levels you’ll need at least 6 GCSE’s at grades 9-6 (A*-C) including GCSE English and Maths at grade 4 (C) or above.

One of your GCSEs must be a Grade 4 (C) or above in GCSE Art and Design or GCSE Textiles. If you have not previously studied Art and Design or Textiles you will need to show us a portfolio of your relevant work.

Applicants with predicted GCSE grades 1 or 2 points below the entry requirement for an A Level:

If your predicted grades do not meet the entry requirements for either 1 or 2 of your chosen A Level subject choices, don’t worry we will still make you a conditional offer. We advise that you think about a second choice of course as a back-up plan. You can meet with us for a supportive, friendly and impartial discussion to look at other courses that Nottingham College has to offer. For more information contact High Pavement Sixth Form admissions by telephone on 0115 9100 100 or email at

Applicants who choose 4 subjects but only have the entry requirements to study 3:

If your predicted grades do not meet the entry requirements to study 4 A Level subjects, don’t worry we will still make you a conditional offer for all 4. At your ‘Get Ready for College’ day you will undertake tasters in your subjects and at this point you can discuss your options with subject staff at the event, to help you finalise your subject choices. Final A Level choices however will be made at enrolment in August when your GCSE results are confirmed.


You’ll undertake a personal investigation with 3,000 word study and a controlled assignment (15-hour exam).


You can choose to follow with further studies on a foundation diploma in art and design, or a higher education course in fine art, graphic design, textile design or 3D design.

There are lots of careers open to you such as fashion designer, graphic designer, illustrator, interior designer or textile designer.

Additional information

Students aged 16-18 don't have to pay tuition fees.

If you are aged 19 or over you may still be eligible for funding. Check out our Financial Help pages to find out more!

If you are an EU/EEA or Swiss National, please visit our EU Settled Status scheme page for more information.

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