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Arts officers, producers and directors

Up to £27,000

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Graphic designers

Up to £22,000

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Up to £30,000

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Entry requirements

Please see our Entry Requirements page for general entry requirement guidance. You should also have a grade 5 or above in either Art, Textiles or Graphics. We will also be happy to look at a portfolio of your work at interview, and if you have the potential, will offer you a place.


Two years.

What will I study?

You will be taught a variety of creative techniques and processes in art, design and photography. Coursework will include the use of camera equipment, studio work, computer software presentation skills, bookmaking, building a portfolio and sketchbook of creative ideas and personal project work.

Your studio coursework and personal practice is contextualised with educational visits to exhibitions of contemporary art.

During the summer term we celebrate your outstanding achievements with a public exhibition of your work.

Photography provides you with an opportunity to engage with the world and the people in it through expressing yourself and your ideas. It is a challenging course but a hugely rewarding one!

Good course combinations

This course combines well with most other A Levels although students should not study more than two of the Art and Design options as they are coursework based subjects which require a lot of time and dedication.


£25 payable at the start of each year of the course for a mandatory student kit, details of which will be given out at enrolment.

How will I be assessed?

In each year there is a coursework unit and an examination unit. You will receive regular assessment and feedback from your tutors via individual tutorials, group discussion, formally assessed coursework and final summative assessment at the end of each unit.

What could it lead to?

Having an A Level in a creative subject is an essential starting point if students want to pursue Art and Design. After completing their A Levels, students can apply to do a one year post A Level Art and Design Foundation Diploma, apply directly onto higher education degree courses at York College or other institutions, or apply for apprenticeships.

The Foundation Diploma Post Level 3 helps students determine the most appropriate Art and Design degree specialism for them, and is offered at York College. Past students have successfully completed creative degrees at Goldsmiths University of London, Edinburgh College of Art, Manchester Metropolitan University and Slade School of Art.

Having this qualification enables students to progress to a more specialist area within Art and Design such as Animation, Advertising, Fashion Design, Fine Art, Graphic Design, Illustration, Special Effects for Cinema, Photography, 3D Product Design, Sculpture, Textiles and more.

Need some help?

If you have any further questions about this course, or would like us to help you with your application, please contact the Schools Liaison team on 01904 770239 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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