What does the course involve?
Fine art is the making and study of visual art. It educates and prepares you to become an artist or
to work in an industry where the ability to think critically and imaginatively is vital. This course
will allow you to develop your individual skills in a wide range of fine art media, processes and
techniques, plus an understanding of the work of other artists, both traditional and contemporary.
Knowledge of art, craft and design is developed through research. Ideas progress through
drawing and making work from first hand experiences and also from Art Gallery visits. Themes are
open ended and should act as a starting point as you will be encouraged to identify and sustain
your own lines of enquiry. You will be asked to explore the use of drawing for different purposes
using a variety of media and scales. The sketchbook should be used to underpin your work.
You will explore relevant images and artefacts. This should be integral to the investigating
processes. Your responses should be practical and critical to demonstrate an understanding of
different style, genres and traditions. You should demonstrate an awareness of the 4 assessment
objectives and the importance of process as well as product.
There are 3 coursework units:
– Personal Investigation. No time limit. 3000 words written content – 60%
– Externally Set Assignment. Preparatory period and 15 hours supervised time – 40%
What qualifications do I need?
Previous study of Art at GCSE is not essential, but a good grade at this level will indicate your suitability for the Advanced course.
You will have your own studio working space in which current drawings are displayed, situated in
our suite of Art studios. This encourages a continuous process of review discussion and evaluation
of work in progress on a one-to-one basis. A portfolio of work is put together suitable for final
assessment through exhibition and for interview purposes.
You will need to have an A3 sketchbook for each unit of work. These can be purchased from the
Art Department for £4.00. Good quality pens for annotation are essential. You should have a
range of your own brupencils and other art materials. Canvases will also need to be purchased by
students as required although alternative supports will be provided. Other materials are generally
provided free of charge, but contributions towards costs may be invited where unusual projects
The course will be assessed through a portfolio of practical work and an end of course examination.
Be prepared, before and during the course to visit places and exhibitions to see examples of Art, Design and Architecture at first hand. You will be expected to take photographs as evidence for your sketchbook.
After completing the A level course many students choose to further their studies by taking a one
year Foundation Course at Art College or study further at University. Studying a Fine Art related
degree at university can give you all sorts of exciting career opportunities, including:
• Architect • Art technician • Art therapist • Art valuer • Artist in residence • Arts Administrator •
Community Arts worker • Illustrator • Lecturer • Multimedia artist • Mural artist • Museum/gallery
curator • Painter • Printmaker • Sculptor • Teacher • Fashion • Interior design • Photography • Film
• 3d design • Graphics • Animation•