A New Creative Adventure Awaits


Making your dreams come true since 2002

Art & Design IGCSE
Now with optional LIVE interactive weekly classes!

Be inspired and explore your creativity! This IGCSE art course is run by an energetic and enthusiastic qualified art teacher in her weekly live interactive lessons. If you can’t make our timetabled lessons then you can study independently with dedicated teacher support and you can also view all weekly lessons in our archive.

You will also have access to our specialist tutor team who are practicing artists and freelance commercial designers. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced artist or designer, you’ll be able to extend your technical skills and build confidence in your creative ability. You will be encouraged to explore materials, approaches and techniques towards final outcomes.

The course is run over two fun years. In year one (starting at any time) you will gain confidence in drawing, painting and sculpture. You will also make connections between your own work and the work of other artists and designers. In year two you will use your new skills, knowledge and understanding to express yourself in a themed project in preparation for the exam later in the year. You will also be asked to write (Component 3) an essay of 1500 – 2000 words about an artwork or art movement. (Not for you? Try Level 2 Certificate In Art & Design – It’s equivalent to IGCSE but has no exam or essay.

Want to study the course in one year? No problem see intensive one year course fee below.

The final grade for the qualification relies upon success in a critical and historical assignment (component 3) and a final exam project (component 1) and so preparation for these is a key aim of your tuition and a key role of your tutor. Lessons and tuition can be arranged with your tutor at mutually convenient times. It may be useful to send your tutor a copy of your study plan or lesson timetable for all other subjects (if applicable) so that they are aware of what you are taking on each week and so they can help you to realistically schedule your art study.

Our examination centres will provide you with an exam timetable with the key dates for sending paperwork and information about the exam weekend. They will also send you and your tutor a copy of your exam paper. The exam paper will ask you to build an art project around a particular theme over a period of 6 weeks. At the end of the six weeks preparation period you will have 8 hours (4 hours a day x 2 days) to make a final piece that relates to your project.

Equaly valuable, graduates achieve a specialist portfolio that expresses their personal brand of art and design, enabling access to our Foundation Diploma In Art & Design which will fasttrack you to top universities and employment as a professional qualified Artist or Designer.

Course Overview

  • Entry Requirements:14 years or over, No previous art or design qualifications required.
  • Part-time programmes:available all year around – enroling now
  • Full-time programmes:start December to January and September to October. Exceptions may apply.
  • Requirements: Computer with broadband connection / basic art materials
  • Progression:to to Foundation Diploma in Art & Design
  • Accreditation: OCAD supports students through the 0400 syllabus offered by CIE (Cambridge International Examinations Board) – OCAD is not affiliated in any way with Cambridge International Examinations – we simply support students with the 0400 syllabus.
  • Tuition: Face to face, one to one – unlimited

How It Works

Students receive access to their own online studio where they can work through their course. Units and assignments are listed along with supporting resources, video tutorials for skills development, step by step guides etc. Photographs of students’ completed work are uploaded to their college e portfolio for assessment and constructive, friendly written feedback on how to progress. Additionally students are invited to LIVE interactive online lessons at timetabled times. If students can’t make the lessons they can watch them in their own time so they won’t miss any of the course content. The fully qualified and experienced school art teacher is available for feedback via email and messager. Students are invited to discuss their progress and receive face to face verbal feedback, encouragement and support. Students may also benefit from relationships with their fellow online students as they can view profiles and comment on each others’ art work if they wish.

Additional optional LIVE enrichment classes are offered most weeks during term times. These fun classes are enjoyed by students but are not required to complete the course. When purchasing this course you are not paying for these FREE classes – they are a FREE GIFT! The teacher has to strike a balance between providing enrichment and fun for students and supporting them through essential units on their course. This may mean live lessons are postponed from time to time. The teacher reserves the right not to run these optional free lessons.


Formative as courses progress and summative at the end of units and the course. Students’ timed test / final major project and written assignment will be assessed externally by the exam board and this will decide the final grade. You will be kept informed every step of the way on how to improve your work.

Structure Of The Course

This exciting course has been designed to ensure you produce a stimulating and rewarding art & design project (s) which allow you to develop your knowledge, skills, understanding and confidence in developing your interests and ideas in an artistic way.

The first part of the course takes you through a programme of developing skills in drawing, painting, mixed media (collage), digital art and 3d (sculpture).
In the second part of the course you will be asked to make an art project that is related to a theme which is of personal interest to you. Previous themes have included:

  • ‘Identity”
  • “Natural Forms”
  • “My Manga World”
  • “I Me & Mine”
  • ‘Bully’
  • “Success’
  • “Acceptance’
  • “Delicate”
  • “Overhead and Underneath’
  • “Surfaces’
  • “Precious”
  • “Through The Keyhole’
  • “My Dream World”
  • “Taken”

Your artwork in two components will be assessed by the examination board to determine your final grade:

  • Component 1 Timed test – 8 Hour Practical Exam at an Exam Centre
  • Component 3 Critical and Historical Assignment – 1500 – 2000 word Assignment / Essay

Download Syllabus –Click Here


Standard Two Year Course is just £699 GBP
Intensive One Year Course is just £999 GBP

International students studying outside of Europe the fee is £2000 GBP $2600 USD* for standard 2 year course and £3000 GBP  $3800 USD* for intensive 1 year course.

  • USD fees are subject to currency fluctuation and are an approximation. Fees will be very close to those quoted

Apply now