Fine Art

If you enjoy drawing, painting, sculpture or simply developing ideas with a range of media, then this course is for you. Students are able to enjoy a series of creative coursework projects exploring themes such as the figure, structures and natural forms. Visual awareness and creativity are developed via areas of study including drawing, painting, sculpture, mixed media and digital media.

In Year 12, students undertake an intensive foundation period of creative study under the guidance of specialist tutors, learning a range of experimental techniques, how to develop ideas and how to analyse artwork. Key skills are reinforced and developed and project work helps students to understand how to respond to the assessment objectives.

In Year 13, students further specialise in their strongest area of interest, developing a highly personal direction supported by tutors. There are opportunities for gallery visits, trips abroad and a regular figure drawing class for A Level students. The practical elements are supported by a written related study in which students explore the artists who have influenced them. Students combine their knowledge and understanding to support their coursework portfolio.

Careers

A starting point for students wishing to develop a career in the creative industries, A Level Art enables progression towards art foundation and a degree in: video, fashion, textile design, graphics, 3D design, product design, interior design, fine art, art digital media, animation, design for interactive media, illustration, teaching, automotive design and many others.

A starting point for students wishing to develop a career in the creative industries, A Level Art enables progression towards art foundation and a degree in: video, fashion, textile design, graphics, 3D design, product design, interior design, fine art, art digital media, animation, design for interactive media, illustration, teaching, automotive design and many others.

Exam Board

OCR

Entry criteria

Students must have achieved a grade 5 in a related art/design subject. If not previously studied, students may demonstrate their suitability with a portfolio of work and liaison with the Head of Art.

Assessment

There is no written exam and all work is produced in art studio conditions.

Notes

Students may combine Fine Art with Photography or Graphic Communication to provide a strong foundation for university art and design degree courses.

Please note: University art foundation courses normally require students to have studied A Level Art.

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