Fine Art

Careers related to studying Fine Art:

Whether you love painting and drawing, photography, graphic design, or any other art-related specialty, career options are limited only by your imagination.

Art education propels people towards creative and unexpected destinations – many of which have not even been discovered yet. Below is a link to the Student Art Guide’s extensive career suggestions within the arts.

Course content:

A level Fine Art is a subject for students who take real pleasure in the visual world. It will enable you to develop an understanding of all things visual, whilst learning traditional drawing and painting skills as well as new media techniques and theoretical terms. You will be encouraged to look at a broad range of artists and to review and critique your own work in relation to the artists you have studied. You will produce sketchbooks/a portfolio to underpin your progress, documenting your research and recording the development of your own personal responses. You should be able to express ideas and link your intentions to outcomes in a confident and assured manner. There is an important written component to the coursework, which necessitates analysis of your own outcomes, making links and connections to other artists, craftspeople and practitioners.

Entry requirements:

You must have achieved at least a C grade at GCSE in Fine Art, Photography or 3D Studies.

Subject specific events:

You will take part in excursions and trips, visiting galleries and attending events where you will enrich your experience of a wide variety of artworks first-hand.

Methods of study:

There are five lessons per week, which are divided between at least two subject specialists. Teaching groups tend to be between ten and fifteen in number, and the course is taught through a range of teaching and learning strategies. Students will be expected to undertake a minimum of five further hours of extended study in their own time.

Component 1 is teacher directed with students encouraged to follow their own individual directions within broad outlines from set starting points. You will be guided to ensure each of the four Assessment Objectives are comprehensively addressed, and will be given on-going and constant feedback that will allow you to refine and develop your working practices, enabling you to meet your full creative potential.

Should you choose to develop digital aspects of your artwork, you will have access to a wide range of high- quality DSLR cameras and Adobe Creative Suite software.

Methods of assessment:

The course is a two-year program leading to the production of two components of work.

Component 1 is the development of an extensive portfolio of your artwork, internally set, assessed by the course teaching staff and externally moderated. This component incorporates three major elements: supporting studies, practical work and a personal study. This forms 60% of the overall A level grade.

The personal study will be evidenced through critical written communication showing contextual research and understanding in a minimum 1000 words of continuous prose, which may contain integrated images and is worth 12% of Component 1.

Component 2 is externally set by the examining board and forms 40% of the overall A level grade, culminating in a 15 hour timed exam.