Fine Art

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Entry Requirements

GCSE grade 5/BTEC Merit in Art or another visual arts subject. You will be expected to be able to show a portfolio of your work.


  • 60% Coursework
  • 40% Externally set assignment
About this course An introduction to Art Pathways Information FAQs

What is Fine Art?

Fine Art is an exciting course that will challenge your creativity, technical ability and conceptual knowledge. It is a broad course that allows you to develop as an artist and a creative thinker. You will learn how to use a wide range of traditional and contemporary media and will also develop your critical thinking skills through discussions, analysis of works and a range of interests.


What will I study?

You start with studio-based sessions exploring a wide range of disciplines, covering both traditional media and contemporary methods, giving you the chance to explore techniques such printmaking, digital photography, illustration, sculpture, painting and drawing. Through a series of projects, you will gain autonomy in the direction of your work, leading to your self-directed Personal Investigation coursework and the AQA Externally Set Assignment.



This course is 100% coursework based. Your final grade is based on your Personal Investigation worth 60% of your grade, and your Externally Set Assignment which is worth 40%.

Throughout the course, interim assessment is done in many ways, including project reviews, peer marking, constructive criticism, formal written feedback, self-assessment, mid- and final project numerical marking.


Trips, visits and enrichments

· Access to our Personal Study Area is available throughout the week, during the college day and out of hours, allowing you to work independently as an artist

· Visits to sites of artistic interest and galleries occur throughout the year

· Subject enrichment activities such as Higher Education Visits, artist workshops, and competitions. Leisure enrichments in printmaking, phonography, architecture, Lego, and animation are also run by trained visual arts staff.


What can it lead to?

At degree level, students have studied a broad range of courses at university including Fine Art, Architecture, Illustration, Interior Design, Games Design, Graphic Communication, Fashion, Theatre Design, Photography and Film. Prior to university, many of our students progress to study an Art & Design Foundation course.


Can I do what I like in art?
No, and Yes. The beginning of the course is guided by our art staff as a way of introducing new ways of working at A’level standard. As the year 12 course progresses you get more choice in what you are able to do and themes you can develop. Year 13 is self-directed and art staff support your individual learning and creative journeys.
Is Fine Art a lot of extra work?
A’level Fine Art is a qualification and not a hobby subject. While we are delighted that all of our students enjoy art for pleasure, it does require the same commitment, time, and practise as your other subjects. Using your recommended 5 hours Independent Study time to access to the studios within the college day and out of hours, working elsewhere in the college, and at home should enable you to find a balance between the workload for all of your subjects.
Do I need to buy anything for the course?
We ask all students to buy our course starter pack at the beginning of year 12. This sets you up with the basic storage, equipment and materials to make a strong start to your studies. It also enables us to spend our budget on more expensive and unusual media, materials, and equipment for use in the studios, which will enhance your creative experience beyond GCSE. Throughout the year you may need to replenish some items, but much of this is available at cost price from our art shop.
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