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Creative Arts A-Level Pathway


Fine Art



Media Studies

Film Studies

English Language

English Literature




These are just some of the recommended subjects, but other combinations are also available.

Additional Study Skills


The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)is a largely self-directed research project into a topic of the student’s choice. You will develop your study skills as you plan, research and develop your idea, creating either a research assignment, a product or an activity (e.g.,an event)as your final piece. The EPQ may also count towards UCAS points.

Core Maths

Core Maths is an exciting course which will help you to use maths in a range of ‘real world’ contexts to prepare for success in your studies, future care and life.

This one-year course will develop your mathematical skills and thinking appropriate for a Level 3 qualification. You will become more confident and competent in using maths and the qualification will be considered for UCAS points if you are planning to study at university in the future.

Extra-Curricular Opportunities

Work experience examples (skills, sector, employers) This can range from a community project such as set design or costume design for amateur dramatics to working for a larger employer like Derby Theatre, or the Derby Museum.There is also gallery work, marketing or photography for community groups, volunteering or exhibiting at local Art Festivals and of course direct commissions for friends or family.

Internal and External opportunities:

JWC Magazine
Arts Events and Competitions
Summer Schools,such as the Sutton Trust
Setting up an Exhibition

Skills built from studying these subjects:

These are just some examples ….

  • Organisation and Discipline
  • Perseverance
  • Time Management
  • Problem Solving
  • Creativityand Technical Ability
  • Attention to Detail
  • Communication (oral and written)
  • Critique and Assess Work

Example Career Pathways

These are just some examples

Jobs to do with Art

Fine Artist
Gallery Manager/Curator
Art Therapist
Art Teacher
Arts Administrator
Community Arts Worker

Artistic Jobs in Other Industries

Fashion Designer
Interior Design
Cabinet Maker
Ceramics Designer/Maker/p>

Media, Film and Theatre

Web Designer
Graphic Designer
Costume Designer
Make-up Artist
Lighting Technician
Set Designer
Arts Editor

Next Steps

Creative courses in Higher Education fall into two categories, ones that require an additional qualification called a ‘Foundation Art course’and direct entry courses. Apprenticeships are newer for creatives and may be more common to types of design or careers such as Graphic Artist. Both routes generally require you demonstrate ability via completion of a portfolio.


  • Fine Art
  • Animation
  • Photography
  • Interior Design
  • Textiles

Specialist University Information

The Guardian League table


  • Florist
  • Set Designer
  • Graphic Design Assistant
  • Furniture Maker

Specialist Apprenticeship Information

How to apply and find out more about college courses: