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Fine Art

Sixth Form Subjects
Art is such an interesting and diverse course; you get to study artists that you haven't come across before. The College's Art Department is full of all the materials you need to produce your coursework. The teachers are supportive and give great direction for your pieces. The highlight of the year is the European trip; this year we are going to Madrid which will be an amazing adventure!
Jake Herrera, Year 12

The Fine Art A Level course offers a wide range of artistic experiences: drawing, acrylic painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, film, fine arts mixed media and life drawing.

Minimum Entry Requirements

Students must have achieved a minimum of Grade 4 or above in both English and Mathematics and Grade C (equivalent) in at least 3 other GCSE/Level 2 qualifications.

Subject Specific Requirements

C Grade (equivalent) or above in an Art related qualification.

What will I do?

During the first year students are required to produce a portfolio containing a project and examples of fine art work such as painting, drawing, mixed media, sculpture, installation, printmaking, film and photography.


During the second year of study, students will be expected to undertake a Personal Investigation Project based on an idea, issue, concept or theme created into a practical project, supported by a 1000-3000 word essay.  The exam is a practical project taken in the Summer Term.

In addition to College-based study, each year students visit exhibitions locally, in London and participate in a four day European Study trip.



What careers would this be suitable for?

Students wishing to pursue a career in the Art and Design Industry usually undertake a Foundation Course, followed by a Degree Course. A Foundation Course lasts for one year and students can enroll in a college in the local area. During Foundation Courses, students will learn many new art and design skills and build up a portfolio of work that can be taken along to desired Degree Course interviews.

Students apply for Degree Courses during Foundation Courses; there are many different courses all over the country to choose from. Studying AS or A2 Art can lead to a Foundation Course in Art & Design and ultimately onto a range of university degree courses and careers as:

  • Art Director;
  • Fine Artist;
  • Painter;
  • Sculptor;
  • Printmaker;
  • Community Artist; 
  • Illustrator;
  • Graphic Designer;
  • Fashion Designer;
  • Milliner;
  • Commercial Designer;
  • Industrial Designer;
  • Animator;
  • Food Photographer;
  • Fashion Photographer;
  • Forensic Photographer;
  • Art Teacher;
  • Videographer;
  • Cosmetic Designer;
  • Stylist;
  • Interior Designer;
  • Architect;
  • Art Therapist;
  • Web Designer;
  • Stage Designer;
  • Gallery Assistant;
  • Antique Restorer;
  • Model Maker;
  • Silversmith;
  • Medical Illustrator;
  • Signmaker;
  • Toymaker;
  • Wallpaper Designer and the list goes on.

Where can I find out more?

Last updated on November 07, 2018