The Fine Art course is designed to equip students with a range of subject specific and transferable skills. It develops technical and practical understanding and the ability to apply this to a range of different media. The course is also valuable in refining visual literacy skills, contextual understanding, the ability to follow the creative process, exploration, experimentation and providing the opportunity to produce personal and meaning pieces of art.
AS Art and Design or Fine Art Coursework (Unit 1) “Figural Forms” 60% of AS
Students will focus on developing observational skills and refining skills in drawing and painting, and aim for the highest possible standard. Students respond to the theme of ‘Figural Forms’ and will interpret this through their own personal investigations. Strong foci are expansion of practical skills and equipping students with the ability to take risks within their work and respond to a range of stimuli.
AS Art and Design or Fine Art Examination (Unit 2) 40 % of AS
The examination, or Externally Set Assignment, is set by the Examination Board. Students are given the examination paper in early February and select a theme from a choice of five. They explore ideas for that theme through a variety of creative and imaginative means before taking part in a 10 hour practical examination under controlled (examination) conditions where they produce a range of ambitious outcomes.
A2 Art and Design or Fine Art Coursework (Unit 1) “Personal Investigation” 60% of A Level
Students utilise the skills that they have honed and developed during their AS to explore and investigate a theme of their choice. Students research and develop ideas from a starting point to realisation and link their work in a meaningful way to relevant critical/contextual materials. The personal investigation is supported by a written study where students investigate meaningful connections between their own work and contextual references and demonstrate an understanding of the creative decisions that they have made in their own work.
A2 Art and Design or Fine Art Examination (Unit 2) 40% of A Level
The examination, or Externally Set Assignment, is set by the Examination Board. Students are given the examination paper in early February and select a theme from a choice of five. They explore ideas for that theme through a variety of creative and imaginative means before taking part in a 15 hour practical examination under controlled (examination) conditions where they produce a range of ambitious outcomes.
Beyond the minimum entry criteria for Level 3 learning of 5 A*-C GCSE grades, students will also be expected to achieve a minimum B grade in GCSE Art with the possibility of a portfolio interview to be considered for entry to the course.
All students learn how to think creatively and analytically and work independently. They should focus on achieving a high level of skill in their chosen area. For example, Art and Design students will learn to develop ideas in order to produce art for a clear purpose and how to adapt their way of working according to this purpose. Fine Art students will gain first-hand experience of artists’ work and learn how to use a range of painting techniques in order to produce outcomes that are refined and demonstrate a high level of ability and skill.
Extra-Curricular Activities/Independent Learning Opportunities:
Students have an opportunity to create their own annual A Level Exhibition. As an Art Ambassador students have the chance to have an impact on decision making about the organisation and ambitions of the Department. Art students have also worked as mentors, supporting the learning needs of younger students. Trips are typically offered in September, January and February and Sixth Form students are invited to select the works of art they wish to see in order to enhance their first-hand experience of works of art.
Students can train to become an Art Teacher, Graphic Designer, Architect, Fine Artist, Textiles, Fashion or Interior Designer, or a Costume, Make-up, or Set Designer for TV, Film or Theatre. Students normally take a one year Foundation course (BTEC) after A Level to prepare for Degree Level courses, however, not all Higher Education Arts Courses have this requirement.
Good combinations of other subject to study with Fine Art are:
Chemistry, Dance, Drama and Theatre Studies, English, History, Mathematics, Music, Psychology, Religious Studies and Sociology.
Studying Art at A Level has allowed me to broaden my horizons in terms of creativity and has also encouraged me to develop a personal style and approach which can sustain me through A2 Level.
Having to manage one’s own time and being able to work more as an individual creates a positive risk taking approach, encouraging more adventurous outcomes than at GCSE Level.