Art and Design

Why Study Art?

Key stage 5 Art and Design Fine Art Studying Fine Art at advanced level is designed to encourage an adventurous and enquiring approach to the subject.

The main thrust of the programme focuses on developing and extending personal, creative, intellectual and practical skills and powers of communication in a visual form.

St. Joseph’s Art Department is a successful centre for the development of the visual arts which provides students with opportunities to learn to produce work of real quality.

Our teachers are committed, inspirational, demanding and fun and students are given individual attention and appropriate levels of support and guidance to enable them to produce high quality outcomes. Our scheme of study is a blend of practical projects and relevant theory so that students can explore various art forms.

Key Documents
Progression Model


Course Content

Personal Portfolio:

You will need to gather resource material for a project based on a personal issue or negotiated theme. You must develop a creative response to the personal research you have carried out in sketchbooks. For this unit you will be expected to explore a wide range of media, processes, techniques and technologies.

You are expected to continue to develop your knowledge, skills and understanding, whilst developing your own art work. In this project you must produce a portfolio of work, based on your observations, further research and the development of your ideas. In addition, you are required to produce a related well-illustrated personal study of approximately 1,000 – 3,000 words.

This should be a detailed study based on a particular issue or theme in which you have become interested during the course. It is expected that you will approach this study in a more focused and analytical way.

Controlled Assignment:
The Controlled Test consists of a range of questions set by the examination board to be used to a successful conclusion.

Art Knowledge Organiser


Higher Education/Career Prospects

This course can lead on to a wide range of higher education courses including: Fine Art, Graphic Design, Illustration, Textiles, Fashion Design, Architecture, Theatre and Costume Design, 3D Design, Sculpture, Ceramics, Jewellery Design, Interior Design, Photography, Film and Animation, History of Art, Design and Film.

There are a range of career opportunities including, art and design, crafts, fashion, film industry, museum and gallery work, photography, printing, publishing, teaching, television and radio and theatre.

Useful Art Websites

A Level Art Bridging Assignment