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Art, Craft and Design

Art at Aquinas is an exciting and challenging subject that encourages students to be creative and show a more personal understanding of Art, Craft and Design. The aim of this course is to promote a broad based learning experience across a range of media exploring ideas and themes in two and three dimensional processes and techniques.

This is a broad based 2 year course which aims to encourage creative thinking and artistic understanding. You will have the opportunity to work across two or more areas of Art and Design including: Fine Art, Design, Textiles, 3D and Photography.

  • Course Outline
    • Year 1 Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

      Students will gain experience of working in a variety of Art, Craft and Design media including: Drawing; Print-making; Mixed media; Ceramics; Painting; Sculpture; Textiles; Photography and Digital manipulation, supported with sketchbook techniques and responding to a range of themes.

      Year 2 Progression and Formal Assessment

      Building on skills learnt in the first year through two assessed projects:

      • Component 1: Personal Investigation (60%)
      • Component 2: Externally Set Assignment (40%)
  • Career opportunities and further study
    • Studying Art, Craft and Design at Aquinas can lead to a wide variety of courses at University. Most students will apply for an Art and Design Foundation Course before applying to University, many of our students have gained places on the MMU Foundation Course or the Stockport Foundation Course. Many Art and Design related degree courses expect students to have an Art Foundation Course after studying A-level.

      Students who have completed the Art and Design Foundation courses after studying Art, Craft and Design A Level at Aquinas have progressed to Chelsea School of Art to study Textiles, Camberwell School of Art to study Fine Art, Central St. Martin’s to study Fine Art, Sheffield Hallam to study Graphics and Manchester Metropolitan University to study Fine Art.

  • Trips and Events
    • Throughout the course there will be visits to museums, art galleries and universities. There is also an optional trip to Barcelona.

      For more information about trips relating to this course including Barcelona please see the Trips and Travel page

  • Useful Links
Art and Design exhibitionExamples of students artwork

Entry Requirements 2024

You can view provisional entry requirements for courses that start in 2024 from the link below. Please note that your enrolment on to a particular course must be approved by the Head of that department.

Subject Entry Requirements

What our students say

I really enjoy art and have really felt myself improving over the course.

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