Reasons to study this course

  • You enjoy exploring how architecture works and would like to learn how to develop ideas and designs for a range of projects.
  • You aspire to work as an architect, interior architect, urban planner or landscape architect.
  • You want to progress to university to study a range of courses in art and design, with a specific bias to an architecture-related course.

What you will need to study this course

  • genuine interest and commitment to the subject is essential
  • enthusiasm for creating personal and unique work
  • passion for developing your creative skills

What you will study

You will learn a wide range of 2D and 3D techniques and digital processes to enable you to create a coherent project that leads from your inspiration to a resolved model. You will develop research skills, studying contemporary and historical architecture and designs, as well as developing your drawing and problem-solving skills. You will enhance your creative and computer-based design skills as you initiate, develop and realise your ideas through a personal, practical art and design process.

How you will be assessed

Year 1 (AS) – coursework

Year 2 (A-Level) – coursework and an exam assignment

Submission of sketchbooks, samples and final outcomes.

Priestley Extra

As well as research trips and gallery visits, we invite speakers from universities and industry to talk about career possibilities.


Students can progress directly onto a broad range of architecture-related degree courses. Another recommended option is to progress onto the Art Foundation course at Priestley College.

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Work from all our art courses is posted in an online gallery. You can take a look at it here.

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