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In Short

A Level Art and Design specifications offer a range of titles and specialisms that:  Enable students to develop a wide range of skills and techniques, together with an in-depth knowledge and understanding of Art, Craft and Design. Embrace the current and emerging technologies including animation and games design, moving image and 3D digital design, as well as the traditional routes of art, craft and design such as drawing, painting and sculpture.

Our new Art and Design specifications offer a range of titles and specialisms that enable students to develop a wide range of skills and techniques, together with an in-depth knowledge and understanding of art, craft and design. To enable and encourage students at all levels to achieve highly in their chosen areas of study, we have highlighted key areas of study. Students are free to use either traditional methods for visual and written communication of ideas or the latest technologies and software packages as required. During this course, students will develop their capacity for independent working and, if required, team skills through collaboration with others.

So what are the benefits of the specifications?

They provide the ideal structure for those students who wish to pursue Art and Design at degree level or as a career. Portfolio assessment has been retained as the best method to assess practical skills.

For A Level, there are two components: Personal investigation with a related study (60%), and an externally set task with an early release question paper (40%) structured around the skills, knowledge and understanding developed throughout the course of study.

Students are free to use digital and/or traditional media throughout their course of study. All title/specialisms have related areas of study to choose from and combine as required. These allow students to:

  • Explore, research and acquire techniques to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding in a range of media – Use traditional methods and/or digital techniques to produce work
  • Explore relevant images, artefacts and resources
  • Develop chosen themes, ideas or issues to support their skills, knowledge and understanding
  • Record through drawing or other media


100% pass rate in A Level Art, Craft & Design in 20201.4% above National Average

Entry Requirements

At least 5 GCSEs at Grade 9-5 including English Language and Maths. You must provide a portfolio of your own Artwork at interview.

Course Content

There are seven subject areas to choose from.

  • Art, Craft and Design  (combined areas of study)
  • Fine Art
  • Graphic Design
  • Photography
  • Textile Design
  • Three Dimensional Design
  • Critical and Contextual Studies

Your Tutors - Pippa Walker & Will Brown

Pippa Walker

BA (Hons) 3 Dimensional Design

Postgraduate Design Business Fellowship Business Award.

I am an established teacher of Art, Craft and Design at Weymouth College, teaching from A level to degree level. I trained as a Silversmith, and completed a post graduate Design Business Fellowship affiliated to the Birmingham School of Jewellery, I set up a studio with other graduates in Birmingham’s famous Jewellery Quarter, and worked for clients such as Heals and Conran Shop. I have also worked in departments for silverware and ceramics companies in England and France, with clients such as The Ritz and Orient Express. The A Level Art, Craft, Design course allows students to explore, experiment and develop in the discipline are most inspired by, under my careful guidance.

Will Brown

BA (Hons) Craft & Design

I have taught at Weymouth College Art Dept for 15 years and on a range of academic and vocational art subjects. I still practise my own artwork across a variety of mediums such as Photography and ancient technology.  The Photography course is delivered so you gain a wide knowledge of digital and traditional film techniques and build upon your personal interests through investigating artists work to inform your experiments and own outcomes.


If you are aged 16–18 as of 31 August on the year of enrolment – no course fee. If you are over 19 as of 31 August and enrolling on a full-time programme of study a tuition fee will be applicable in most cases. Bursary funds There are financial support arrangements for 16-18 year olds and hardship funds available for the over 19s. Please contact reception for details of costs and concessions on 01305 761100 or email

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