Hartlepool Sixth Form College

Art and Design

AS / A2 Art and Design

Course Content

A Level Art and Design is an exciting and diverse course which builds upon and broadens your knowledge of Art from GCSE level. You will have access to a wide range of materials and facilities to help you experiment with new art forms.

Studying an Art and Design based subject enables creative thinking and crucial solution solving skills which are transferable to a number of jobs and industries. Alongside Art and Design, students commonly study a combination of creative and design subjects such as Photography, Graphic Design, Textiles and Product Design.


During the first year of the course you will be introduced to new techniques and methods as well as building and refining existing skills. You will explore work in abstract and contemporary forms as well as more traditional sources. With an emphasis on experimentation, you will incorporate elements of Fine Art, Textiles, Photography, Graphic Design, 3D modelling and Print Making.

In the second year you will be able to develop your skills further in a self-directed project, designing your own project. You will be assessed on your Personal Investigation as well as completing an exam unit set by the exam board. The course is 100% practical with no written exam although you will be expected to research and analyse the work of others to aid your development.


Students who study A Level Art and Design progress onto a number of varying degree and Further Education courses both nationally and internationally. Past students have gone onto study and work in a variety of Fields including:

Studying at Hartlepool Sixth Form College has really helped developed my skills set ready for University. The tutors all support you in creating new and exciting work which has helped me achieve my first course university place - Hannah Dawes, English Martyrs Northumbria University BA(Hons) Fashion

Art & Design 2016 results – 100% Pass Rate and 41% High Grades

BTEC Certificate in Art & Design 2016 results – 100% Pass Rate and 100% High Grades