ALevels Creative Arts Career

Start Date
Course Course
A Levels
City Campus

About this Course

The Creative Arts Careers consist of 3 A levels with the option of 2 different pathways. There will be two Core subjects depending on the pathway you choose: Creative Design - Art and Photography or Media - Media and Film. You will also choose a third A Level from the following: English Language, English Literature, Sociology, Maths, Media, Photography, Art.

Key Units

The Creative Arts Careers consist of 3 A levels with the option of 2 different pathways. 2 Core subjects depending on the pathway you choose:
Creative Design - Art and Photography
Media - Media and Film

And a third from the list below:
  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Sociology
  • Maths
  • Media
  • Photography
  • Art

Art and Design
Fine art requires engagement with aesthetic and intellectual concepts through the use of traditional and/or digital media, materials, techniques and processes for the purpose of self-expression. Fine art may be created to communicate ideas and messages about the observed world, or can also be used to explore personal and cultural identity, society and how we live, visual language, and technology. Fine Art allows us to consider and reflect on our place in the world, both as individuals and collectively.

Film Studies
Film Studies is designed to deepen your understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of film - the major art form of the twentieth century. You will engage with a wide range of different kinds of films, developing skills of observation, critical analysis and personal reflection. You will have the ability to develop your creativity and practical skills, by storyboarding and developing films either in audio-visual or written form.

Media Studies
Media Studies is a theoretical and creative practical course in which you will learn about media texts, audiences and institutions in relation to the magazine, television, film, advertising and multi-media industries. Throughout the course you will cover a variety of areas, both theoretical and practical. For example, you will learn how to plan and create your own media from a specific brief, developing your technical skills and demonstrating your understanding of theoretical concepts. You will also learn about how the media represents different segments of society and how it is consumed.

A Level Photography is an exciting digital-based, practical course which challenges you to apply technical understanding to conceptual photo-based project work. You will learn to use professional digital camera technologies and industry standard software to produce a creative portfolio. In addition to this you will be trained to use professional studio lighting in our purpose built photography studios, where you will learn to shoot fashion, portraits, still life and advertising/editorial work. Students will be introduced to a variety of experiences that explore a range of photographic media, techniques and processes, including the use of both traditional and new technologies.

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Entry Requirements

Standard Entry Requirements for 3 A levels:

A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English Language grade 5 and Maths grade 6.

Please see individual A level entry requirements:


A levels are assessed by written exams at the end of the two-year study period.

Where does this Lead

Potential progression routes include:

  • Commercial Photography
  • Television and radio
  • Journalism
  • Teaching
  • Publishing
  • Advertising
  • Business
  • Computing Design

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