Why should I study this subject?
The Visual Arts department gives students the opportunity to be creative, and develop their independent working skills in an exciting and supportive environment. In Year 12 Art you will develop your skills in a broad range of media such as drawing, painting, printing, 3D as well as developing your creative thinking and allowing you the opportunity to work independently.

In Year 13 you will continue to learn new skills whilst your work will be developed through investigating the work of other artists, selecting your own area of interest. Emphasis is placed on sketchbooks which will record your ideas, creativity and independent work. Art is based around being highly creative with your work, trying new media and techniques and challenging yourself to come up with original ideas, work independently and produce interesting and personal art work.

What will I study?
The course begins with a skills-building component which will focus on developing the skills you already have, as well as exposing you to new media and ideas you may not have used before.

We will start with drawing techniques that will lead into painting, colour theory, 3D design and various print techniques. You will also learn about a range of other artistic techniques such as photography, composition, animation, film, and whatever you require to develop your artistic ideas. You will look at a wide range of other artists’ work both traditional and contemporary and use these to inspire and inform your own work. You will then be able to select your own direction to work in, choosing ideas and media that interest you.

What are the entry requirements?
Please check this subject table for full details of our A Level entry requirements.

What skills do I need?
• A genuine interest in graphic design
• An ability to work practically and creatively
• Organisation and time management
• Creativity skills
• Comfortable with the demands of a coursework subject
• An ability to work independently on projects set by the teachers
How will I be taught?
A combination of traditional teaching and demonstrations moving onto independent student led sessions. In Year 12 there will be an introduction to a range of artistic skills and media with structured projects. In Year 13 the emphasis will be on you directing your own interests and projects.

How will I be assessed?
In Year 12 component 1 is a skills building unit which will be assessed internally. In Year 13, there will be a personal project, written essay and final piece as well as an externally set assignment and timed final piece which will be internally assessed and externally moderated.

What will the course prepare me for?
Creativity and visual communication are essential in many careers both inside the Creative Industries and out. You may go on to study a Foundation Diploma or other higher education course such as fine art, illustration, design, graphics, as well as many other options. You will also produce a portfolio of work that will prepare you well for both university interviews and when looking for employment.

How much private study should I expect to do?
As an approximate guideline this subject will require 4 hours of independent study each week.

What materials will I need to purchase?
Art materials maybe required throughout the course depending on specialism. A £10 fee will be charged for essential art materials.

What is the exam board?


This subject is for you if…
you are a creative person who has an interest in Art & Design and developing your own style and a way of working.

This subject is not for you if…
you don’t like trying new things and struggle with coursework subjects and independent work.

“Art at New College Pontefract is not just a subject but a place where students are taken seriously as artists. Not only do we have fantastic facilities but the staff are really amazing and so helpful. I am truly honoured to be a part of it all.” Jade Giles, Carleton High School

“A-Level art allows me to explore my potential as an artist through experimenting with media that I haven’t previously had access to.” Charlotte Illingworth, Crofton Academy