Fine Art A level is an exciting opportunity to explore the world of art and design, and to experiment and learn through the creative visual process. We support learners to become highly independent, creative and self-motivated individuals. You can expect to work with a broad range of media, including traditional techniques such as drawing, painting, printmaking and new media technologies, including digital photography and film. In year one, the focus will be exploring ideas and developing skills through the creative process, learning from creative exploration and become visually literate and articulate. As well as developing mastery of practical skills, creative and visual learning, Fine Art A level fosters creative problem solving, independence, and engagement with historical and contemporary cultural, social and political issues. You will have the opportunity visually to explore, challenge and develop your own ideas and opinion on significant themes and issues. These skills are highly valued at Higher Education and by employers.
You will also make contextual links between your own work and that of other artists and designers. We visit a range of exhibitions and workshops during the course.
The Fine Art A level consists of two units:
Unit 1 Personal Investigation and Study (60%)
Unit 2 Externally Set Assignment (40%)
Assessment is at the end of the second year and comprises assessment of Components 1 & 2 by internal marking and external moderation. The Externally Set Assignment is set after Christmas of the second year.
Students who wish to specialise in Art & Design typically progress on to a Foundation Diploma in Art & Design at UAL institutions or Ravensbourne College of Design. Students wishing to progress to architecture, may make direct applications to degree courses from this A level. Progression to university from A level Fine Art is high. Career opportunities include architecture, product design, illustration, textile design, set/theatre design, fashion design, vehicle design and many others.
In addition to our Programme Entry Requirements, applicants must also meet specific Course Entry Requirements:
Grade 4 in Art, Textiles or Graphic Design if taken.
Applicants who have not taken an Art-related GCSE course may be admitted to the course subject to satisfactory completion of a practical assessment task.
Merit in BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Art