York College

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Arts officers, producers and directors

Up to £29,000

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Graphic designers

Up to £22,000

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Up to £30,000

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Entry requirements

A minimum of 2 grade Bs and 4 grade Cs at GCSE including GCSE English Language. You will have studied Art, Textiles or Graphics at GCSE, achieving an A*-B grade. We will be happy to look at a portfolio of your work at interview, and if you have the potential, we 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 and building a portfolio and sketchbook of creative ideas and personal project work.

Your studio coursework and personal practice is contextualised with regular visits to exhibitions of contemporary art in this country and abroad. Previous trips have included Rome, Venice and Paris.

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.


A contribution of £30 will be payable at the start of the course as a contribution towards materials.

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 Art and Design Diploma in Foundation Studies course. 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. The Foundation course 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 London Metropolitan University, Leeds Beckett University, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Slade School of Art.

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