Fine Art

Have you ever wondered why so many creative people are successful in many different walks of life? Creativity isn’t only about pursuing artistic interests, it can also open the door to exciting career opportunities.

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Entry requirements

What you learn

Our Art and Design courses are flexible and stimulate creativity, offering a high degree of choice and a range of different media, processes and techniques. All our courses give students the opportunity to produce a portfolio of work that they can show to prospective employers or use to help secure a place in higher education.

Art enables you to be creative and to develop your own original ways of working. Exploring the potential of materials through experimentation and refining ideas by looking at the work of other artists, allows you to develop as an artist. An understanding of art will enrich your appreciation of the world around you.

The course provides opportunities to work in, painting and drawing, photography, 3D media including ceramics and modelling, and textiles.

The Course Structure

The AQA specification covers:

This is a 2 year A Level course where students will be introduced to a variety of experiences that explore a range of art media, processes and techniques dependent on their chosen specialism.

Students explore relevant images, artefacts and resources relating to a range of art, craft and design specialisms. Students’ responses to these examples will be shown through practical and critical activities that demonstrate their understanding of different styles, genres and traditions as well as an understanding and an application of artistic processes such as the use of line, tone, form and colour.

Year 12

 Component 1 Introductory Project/Portfolio

Candidates produce a portfolio of work based upon a theme set by the department. The focus is on developing work which shows the exploration, research and acquisition of techniques and skills in areas such as drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, textiles, photography and ICT. Work should also include evidence of students’ ability to research and develop ideas and to link their work in a meaningful way to relevant critical / contextual materials.

Method of Assessment

Set and marked by the centre. This first unit forms an introduction to the A Level course where students develop their skills, experiment with processes and develop their ideas.

Year 13

Component 1 – Personal Investigation

Candidates are required to conduct a ‘personal investigation’ based on an idea, issue, concept or theme of the student’s own choice. This is predominantly a practical project comprising experimentation and development towards a final outcome or outcomes. It will be supported by written material documenting the student’s research into their chosen theme and to relevant contextual sources such as the work of other artists (1000 – 3000 words).

Method of Assessment

All the work produced for this unit will be marked as a whole in line with AQA assessment criteria. Set and marked by the centre and moderated by AQA by visit to the centre.

Coursework: 96 marks; Weighting 60% of total A Level marks.

Component 2 – Externally Set Assignment

For this unit students select one question from a range of starting points set by AQA. They have a preparatory period to plan and prepare their response.  Preparatory period from 1st February.

Supervised time – 15 hours

In the 15 hours students must produce a finished outcome or outcomes informed by the preparatory work. All work must be submitted at the end of the controlled assessment time.

Method of Assessment

All the work for this unit will be marked as a whole in line with AQA assessment criteria. Set by AQA, marked by the centre and moderated by AQA by a visit to the centre.

Externally Set Assignment: 96 marks; Weighting 40% of total A Level marks.

Potential Careers

  • Advertising
  • Fashion designer
  • Interior designer
  • Graphic designer
  • Animator
  • Concept artist
  • Fine artist
  • Art therapist
  • Photographer
  • Architect
  • Education/teacher
  • Fashion and media journalism
  • Visual merchandising

 Entry Requirements

Subject Qualification (Level 3) Required GCSE Grades
(in addition to Sixth Form entry requirements)
Additional Information
Art & Design: Fine Art A Level 6+ Art  

What You Learn

Our Learning Journeys have been created to give you a flavour for the types of topics students study in each year at our school. They show what will be covered throughout the year and during each half-term, but please note there is some flexibility to what is taught when. We hope you find them helpful.