Fine Art

Fine Art

The Fine Art A Level is perfect for those students who have a passion for art and design and who wish to develop their personal and creative ideas through painting, drawing and alternative media.

In the first year of the course, students will be introduced to a wide range of creative working techniques and approaches, producing a portfolio and sketchbook of work in response to various themes. Students are taught and directed by specialist teaching staff. In the second year of the course, students will then be expected to produce their own practical Personal Investigation and a practical exam at the end of the year.

This course will help to develop…

Fine Art is predominantly practical. Students develop a range of skills, selected from painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, lens-based and alternative media. They will also develop an understanding of the formal elements and how to record, plan and develop ideas and themes through a creative and personal response. A key focus is that students are able to work independently and develop their own personal specialisms and interests

Assessment structure

Full A Level. Examined after two years study.

Component 1: Personal Investigation (60% of total A Level mark) A portfolio of practical work showing their personal response to a chosen starting point and a related study of continuous prose with guided minimum of 1,000 words.

Component 2: Externally set task (40% of total A Level mark) An early release paper will be issued on 1 February from which candidates will choose one starting point to base a personal response. The final outcome will be produced over 15 hours.

What can pupils study next?

The creative and visual arts industry is one of the largest employers in the country. This course prepares those students who wish to progress to art college or engage in careers involving the visual arts such as architecture, advertising, illustration, animation, design, teaching or gallery work. The majority of students will progress on to the one-year Foundation Diploma before moving onto a specialist Degree course in their chosen specialism. Some individuals will succeed in gaining direct entry onto their chosen degree course.

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