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2 years
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Our Art and Photography A-levels are designed to stretch your creative talents and develop your technical abilities.

Intended for those looking to harness their skills or seek a career in the creative industries, our Art and Photography A-levels provide you with the knowledge and ability to progress directly onto university or straight into industry.

Delivered by experts within their fields, our supportive tutors will work with you individually to bring out the very best of your abilities.

You will benefit from a wide range of specialist facilities including a traditional photography darkroom, state-of-the-art image editing software and creative workshop environments.

In A-level Art, Craft and Design you will work in the area of 2D Fine Art, plus at least one of the following areas: Textile Design, Graphic Communication, Photography. A ‘mixed-media’ approach is encouraged.

The topics studied on this course are:

  • Artist research and contextual understanding
  • Visual language and creativity
  • Skills and techniques across a wide range of media
  • Selecting personal and meaningful subjects/themes
  • Portfolio presentation

100% coursework

Career opportunities may include:

  • Graphic Designer

  • Photographer

  • Fashion/Costume Designer

  • Ceramic Artist

  • Games Designer

  • Merchandising

  • Interior Designer

  • Video/Digital Editor

  • Web Designer

  • Art Director

  • Illustrator

  • Fine Artist

  • Advertising

  • Curator

You will be required to pay for certain materials on the Art, Craft and Design course, such as mount boards, colour prints and basic stationary for presenting your work. You will also need a supply of basic art materials for work at college and at home. Most materials are available from the Bury College Art Department at very reasonable prices. Also, it is highly advantageous to have your own digital camera or good quality mobile phone camera to visually record your observations.

Positive Futures is a set of essential qualities, embedded throughout your study programme, that we seek to develop in all students: 

  • Commitment
  • Collaboration
  • Confidence
  • Resilience

You will also engage in the Positive Futures Careers Programme, developing key employability skills through a diverse range of activities including work placements, volunteering, employer talks, industry study visits and employment and university fairs.

For A-level programmes: 6 GCSEs at grade 9-4 (to include 3 GCSEs at grade 9-4 and 3 GCSEs at grade 9-5). Require grade 9-4 in English Language and Maths.
For A-level Art, Craft and Design: Grade 9-4 an Art & Design subject. If Art/Design not studied at GCSE, need to present a portfolio of work.

As a Bury College student you will have access to a wide range of enrichment opportunities which will contribute to your personal growth and development and support your academic studies. 

These may include:

  • Art Club
  • Chess Club
  • Dance, Drama and Singing Workshops
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • Gaming Hub
  • Music Club
  • Pride Club
  • Student Ambassador Scheme
  • A wide range of sport including Badminton, Cricket, Football, Fitness Training, Nerf, Netball, Volleyball and Table Tennis.

Please Note: We attempt to ensure that all information contained within this website is correct and up-to-date. However, some details may change as we review and update our provision. Although every effort is made to provide the teaching, examination, assessment and other services detailed on this website and in our other publications, Bury College cannot guarantee the provision of such programmes, services, facilities and fees. Bury College reserves the right to amend, withdraw, alter or amalgamate any of the courses, locations and facilities detailed within at any time. Should circumstances require such amendments, Bury College undertakes to use all reasonable steps to minimise the resultant disruption to those services and most importantly to students.

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