(AQA Level 3 Advanced GCE in Art and Design)
Are you creative and imaginative? Do you enjoy exploring ideas and looking at things in different
ways? If so, you should consider a course in Fine Art. Fine Art is about looking, learning, thinking
and communicating. You will enjoy developing your understanding of the visual world, learning
practical skills and responding to ideas and issues in ways that are personal to you.
What does the course involve?
Fine Art offers opportunities to use your creativity to express yourself. You will develop your
understanding of creative processes, your ability to observe and to think, to solve problems and to
communicate in a visual way. It will enable you to work independently and to make your own
discoveries by exploring ideas, other artists’ work and different materials and techniques. Fine Art
gives you the skills and knowledge to create personal and imaginative work. If you have an
adventurous, creative and enquiring mind and are excited by shaping and determining the visual
world around us, there is a career opportunity waiting for you.
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
This is a practical course in which you learn by doing, so you will be able to create imaginative
personal work. You will find out about a whole range of media, techniques and processes. You
will develop your creativity and independent thought, learn to express yourself visually and let
your imagination flourish. Fine Art is a great companion to all other subjects as creativity,
imagination and problem solving skills can give you great ideas for your other subjects. You will
produce a portfolio of work for component 1 which counts for 60% of your total marks. The most
important aspect of this is a personal investigation into an idea, issue, concept or theme
supported by written material. In component 2 you will produce personal work in response to one
of eight exciting starting points which will count for 40% of your total marks.
Fine Art A Level builds on the skills, knowledge and understanding developed through study at
GCSE. At the end of the A Level course you will have the skills, knowledge and understanding
needed for higher education.
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 • Print maker • Sculptor • Teacher • Fashion • Interior Designer
Photography • Film • 3D Design • Graphics • Animation • 3d design • Graphics • Animation •