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Course Overview

The ability to make and create things for others to use and enjoy is a truly satisfying undertaking.

This course encourages individuality and original creative expression. You will study contemporary and historical Art & Design practices within a stimulating and challenging studio environment. We will teach you how to undertake complex and ambitious creative tasks covering a broad range of creative skills including Composition & Collage, Practical Experimentation. Sketchbook Presentation, “Colour Gesture Emotion”, Design Process, Independent Study Skills, Illustration, Mixed Media, Printmaking, Fine Art, Textiles/Stitch, Graphics etc.

Art and Design students will also enjoy a programme of career and progression visits.


Art & Design

Find Your Feet

Our study suite of Find Your Feet tasks have been designed to give you a taster of college life and the work involved by each subject. We recommend that you complete this work so that you know what to expect in September and to help you to choose the right subjects. There is no limit on how many subjects you can try, so find your feet in our study suite.

  • It is important to note that this work has no bearing on entry requirements and any work completed will not be marked or graded.
  • It is not required for you to bring any completed work with you in September, however, we would love for you to share your hard work.
  • It is a great platform to start your learning conversations with teaching staff and peers in September.

Download your A Level Art & Design Find You Feet task here

Course Topics

  • Drawing Skills
  • Printmaking
  • Photography
  • ‘Surface’ Preparation
  • Visual Communication
  • Image Manipulation
  • Textiles, Texture and Surfaces

Course Features

Studying Art and Design encourages you to express your individuality, originality and personal expression.

The course allows you to study contemporary and historical art and design practices within a stimulating and challenging studio environment.

You will be taught how to undertake complex and ambitious creative tasks offering you the possibility of exploring a broad range of media techniques and processes.

During the course you will develop a broad based portfolio of work suitable for progression into higher education.


Externally set assignment – 40%
Coursework – 60%

Awarding Body: AQA


2019 Results: 100%

Where Courses Become Careers

Employers are desperately looking for imaginative people with appropriate Art and Design skills. A career in art and design gives you the opportunity to creatively challenge, inform and inspire others, as well as enabling you to have a direct influence on your own living and working environment.

Successful completion of the course is an excellent platform for progression to a Foundation Course or University degree in Art and Design, and an essential step towards a career in a whole range of specialist areas including; Graphics, Fine Art, Illustration, Jewellery, Printmaking, Textiles/Surface Pattern, Photography, Fashion, Interior Design, Ceramic Design, Product Design, Crafts, Animation, Architecture and many others.

Make your mark

How SFC will help you to boost your CV by developing your skills and qualifications…

The course has a strong “skills” focus, developing not only the practical subject specific creative skills, but also the employability skills essential for progression into the Creative Industries e.g. problem solving, idea generation, literacy skills, presentation and communication skills, time management, team working and independent thinking skills.

The curriculum is designed to be challenging in order to build resilience and stretch students to achieve their full creative potential and enjoy their studies; fostering a lifelong love of learning.



If you are unsure what course you think you should choose or what career you would like to aspire towards then contact Admissions:

T: 01782 854221