Overview

What is this subject about?

Fine art is an exciting, challenging and highly rewarding subject. It is a course which encourages you to respond to the visual world in a personal and creative way. This subject helps you to find new inventive ways of recording your observations, thoughts and ideas.

What will I study in the first year?

Emphasis is placed on developing and extending your artistic skills. You will be encouraged to experiment with many new ways of working and taught how to control a wide range of both wet and dry media. Working both 2-dimensionally and 3-dimensionally you will produce a series of large outcomes as well as detailed and investigative sketchbooks. Researching the work of other artists is an integral part of the course and you will be introduced to work of artists from a variety of cultures both past and present.

What will I study in the second year?

The skills you have learned in the first year provide a starting point for your second year. These skills will enable you, with guidance, to now pursue your own individual creative and visual ideas. You will choose your own starting points for coursework and by analysing and refining your work you will produce ambitious, challenging and thoughtful outcomes.

In addition to your practical studio work you will also complete a written and illustrated personal study of between one thousand and three thousand words. This critical and analytical essay will explore the work of artists that connect to your own studio work.

How is the course assessed?

Coursework – 60 %
15 hour Practical timed Examination – 40%

What skills will I need and develop in this course?

You will need to have good drawing skills, a genuine interest in art and a real love for experimenting with new ways of working. We also want you to really enjoy looking at the work of other artists and questioning why they made their work in a particular way.

Careers

​What can the course lead to in terms of higher education and future careers?

Many of our students progress directly to degree courses in a wide range of subjects including, jewellery design, architecture, art history, interior design, graphic design, and computer game design  as well as fine art degrees. Applications to London art schools for art foundation courses are also popular.

Entry Requirements

​What are the formal entry requirements for this course?

Aside from the general entry criteria that the College requires, you will also need to achieve a C grade in Art at GCSE.

Extra Support

​What extra support / enrichment activities are on offer?

The department offers optional life drawing evening classes for first and second year students. Gallery visits are also organised for all students across both years. At the end of the year we celebrate student achievement with a large exhibition and have a prize giving evening.

Subject combination advice

​Subject combination advice:

A Level Art will equip you with broad transferable creative skills. This makes the course ideal to study alongside Photography, Fashion, 3D Design or Graphic Communication. Students who combine A Level Art with more academic subjects have found it to be a real asset to their programme as it promotes lateral and inventive thinking.

What is the difference between A Level Art and BTEC Art and Design?

A Level Art is a FINE ART course. Essentially this means that unlike the BTEC course you will do no design work. You are not set themed projects or given briefs to work to. On the Fine Art course emphasis is placed on developing visual language skills to a very high level.