Art & Design

Art and Design

The UK’s creative industries are now worth a record £101.5 billion to the UK economy, and Art & Design is a subject that could lead to a well-paid and fulfilling career in the arts. This course offers you the chance to explore your own creativity, develop your ideas, think critically, and learn to express yourself artistically with growing expertise. There is no greater satisfaction than being absorbed in the creative process, and the course is tailored to provide you with this experience.


Duration: Two years

Starting date: September 2020

Location: Bede Sixth Form

This course is very rewarding and gives you the opportunity to express yourself imaginatively and creatively, using a whole range of different media. You will develop a range of skills in relation to drawing, painting, sculpture and mixed media. Following the art process from your initial research and starting points through to development and experimentation, you will produce a body of work for each unit. Alongside this you will research a range of relevant artists to gain inspiration and visit relevant exhibitions.

Taught via interactive workshops, during the six week induction period you will learn how to analyse the work of artists and how to use this to inspire and develop your own work. You will learn how to generate ideas through games and audio visual presentations, and receive guided workshops on key skills like drawing, printing, mark making, mixed media and photography. For the remainder of the course you will learn through twice weekly one-to-one tutorials in which we will discuss and assess the quality and direction of your work and make improvements where necessary.

Your work will be assessed formatively on a regular basis and you will be given a working grade once every half term, based on criteria provided by the AQA. Your first project, worth 60%, is assessed in February. your second project, worth 40%, is based on a theme provided by the exam board and will be completed in a 10-15 hour time period in May.

We will provide you with as many materials as possible, but there may be specialist items that you acquire yourself.

Students should have grades 9-4 in seven GCSE programmes, including GCSE English and GCSE Mathematics, and a grade 6 or above in GCSE Art.

Depending on your previous grades you may need to study English and maths alongside your other courses. These are essential skills that all employers value.

Future careers could include graphic design, interior design, creative direction, product design, film and TV set design, and many more. Some of our most recent students have gone on to study Fashion Journalism at Manchester University, Fine Art at Newcastle University, Games Design at Teesside University, Fashion Journalism at University of Arts London, Architecture at Northumbria University, and Interior Design at the University of Brighton.

  • This course has had a 100% pass rate for nine years.
  • A consistent high percentage of high grades
  • A consistent record in students securing places on highly competitive arts degree courses
  • Our small class sizes mean that you get the one-to-one attention you need to develop your practice.
  • You’ll have access to enter competitions with cash prizes, and receive advice and guidance on marketing and selling your own work.

“The guidance I have received has secured my place on my dream degree course and I’m looking forward to a career in the arts”

“The course has really made me reach my creative potential on my own terms”

“I really love the way we get to choose our own themes and which artists to study”

“I’ve loved it, I’m really going to miss my art family”

“We’ve learnt so much, but also had a laugh”

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Alternatively, you can find a hard copy of our application form at the back of our prospectus. Complete this and post it back to us, or hand it in at our Reception.