Fine art

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.

Entry Requirements

Students must have achieved a minimum of Grade 5 or above in both English Language and Mathematics and Grade 5 (equivalent) in at least 3 other GCSE/Level 2 qualifications. Art GCSE at Grade 5 or above is also required. Other related GCSE/Level 2 subjects may be considered. Guidance on acceptable related subjects can be provided by the Sixth Form Leadership Team.

Course Overview

On This Course You Will Study

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 have the opportunity to participate in a four day European Study trip.

This course comprises 60% coursework and 40% exam assessment.

Progression & Careers

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 Art can lead to a Foundation Course in Art & Design and ultimately onto a range of university degree courses and careers such 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?

Point of contact:

Julia Payne

Team Leader of Art

Contact Julia Payne who looks after this Fine art course on:

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