A Level Art and Design

  • A must for all creative, artistic students wishing to pursue a career in this huge, exciting field.
  • Through studying GCE Art and Design, students have opportunities to develop an interest in and enthusiasm for art, craft and design.
  • You will also gain knowledge and understanding of media (including technologies) in contemporary and past cultures.
  • You will gain experience in working in a broad range of media including traditional and new media and technologies and will become aware of the different roles, functions, audiences and consumers of art.

A Level Art and Design



A Level Art and Design Entry Requirements

This qualification requires pupils to have:

7 GCSEs A*-C - including English and Maths. A grade 'B' in GCSE Art is essential.

The Art and Design course at St. Louis allowed me to develop important skills and gave me the chance to work with different mediums. I was encouraged to work creatively in my own style. After I graduate I hope to find work in the film or animation industry.
Jennifer Hardy, a past pupil.

Why choose GCE Art and Design?

The creative industries are a fast-growing area of the economy and are key to economic success. Northern Ireland and the UK have an established reputation in these industries. The study of Art and Design creates a pathway to a future career in a creative-industries related field. This specification is designed to broaden and deepen knowledge, skills and contextual understanding of a range of art, craft and design disciplines. It prepares students for further study in art and design or in a related field.

This qualification is designed to promote and reward:

  • Independent learning;

  • Personal development and motivation;

  • The ability to make creative connections, find alternative approaches and take risks in creating art and design work; and

  • Aesthetic awareness and intellectual capabilities.

Course Units - 2 at AS / 2 at A2

  • AS 1: Experimental Portfolio
    (50% AS / 20% A2)

  • AS 2: Personal Response
    (50% AS / 20% A2)

  • A2 1: Personal and Critical Investigation
    (60% A2 / 36% A Level)

  • A2 2: Thematic Outcome
    (40% of A2 / 24% A Level)

This course could lead to careers in:

Careers and further training in:
  • Fine art
  • Graphics design
  • Interior design
  • Illustration
  • Fashion and textiles
  • Photography
  • Animation
  • Theatre Design
  • Three dimensional design
Creative jobs include:
  • Advertising
  • Graphic Design
  • Architecture
  • Printmaking
  • Teaching / Lecturing
  • Stage Design
  • Jewellery Design
  • Digital Multimedia
  • Fashion, Textiles
Higher education in:
  • Pre-degree foundation courses in Art and Design
  • Degree courses in Art and Design
  • Other Degree courses in university

Examples of work produced in St. Louis

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