Art & Design is for students who are genuinely interested in working in 2 and 3 dimensional materials. The course offers an innovative approach to fine art that will stimulate your curiosity and knowledge and extend your individual skills in visual language.
The course provides students with a broad experience and an opportunity to develop drawing, painting, sculptural, ceramic, photography and digital skills. The course encourages students to take an experimental approach with materials to develop a good understanding of the creative process. Students will also investigate the work of artists to develop critical thinking and to inform personal project development.

Specific requirements

  • A minimum of five GCSEs (with two at grade 6, and three at grade 4)
  • Minimum of grade 4 in English.
  • A grade 4 or above in GCSE Art & Design or an associated subject such as Graphic Design. In exceptional cases, students will be accepted onto the course without having studied GCSE Art providing they can present a good portfolio of work at interview.
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What will I study?

Awarding Body:

  • WJEC


  • Personal Investigation - 60%
  • External Assignment - 40%

Course Content:

  • Personal Investigation
    • This unit begins with a six week teacher led ‘induction’ which explores a wide range of media and techniques to inspire the imagination and develop your abilities. This unit covers experimental drawing and painting techniques, printmaking, sculpture, mixed media work including digital experimentation.
    • This unit allows students opportunities to generate and develop ideas, research primary and contextual sources, record practical and written observations, experiment with media and processes, refine ideas towards producing resolves outcome(s).
    • This will involve:
      • Developing ideas
      • Exploring media, developing and applying skills
      • Researching, recording, analysing and reviewing
      • Creating and presenting outcome(s)
    • This unit will include a written element as part of your visual investigation. You can explore the theory of art and/or a range of artistic styles that have influenced you in your own artwork.
  • External Assignment
    • This unit is an externally set assignment. You will have 15 hours usually after Easter break to create a final piece of artwork under exam conditions.

Where does it lead?

This course is a great starting point for students wishing to embark on a Foundation Course, a University Course, a Vocational Course or employment within the Art & Design field. During the course, students will develop desirable transferrable skills that will enable them to create a professional portfolio providing a pathway to whichever journey they choose after their studies here.


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“I studied Art & Design with Graphics and Statistics at Cadbury College. I am now studying a degree in Visual Communication at the Birmingham City University.”

Yasmin Farhan