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Course overview

Fine art is aimed at open minded and creatively curious students who wish to develop their skills in a range of traditional and contemporary practical disciplines. This is supported by contextual research and discussion that challenges your perception of what art is.

What will I study?

You will be introduced to, and experiment with, a diverse range of techniques; building on your existing skills and adding new approaches to creating artworks. In Year 12 you will be involved in producing an exploratory portfolio, focusing on developing your creative and project management skills through observational drawing and painting, practical workshops, constructive criticism and tutorials. In Year 13, you will be required to work more independently which prepares you for a higher level of study in order to meet the demands of an ever evolving art and design industry.  This is done through a self-directed, personal, investigative portfolio and an externally set assignment.

Throughout the course you will look at the ways other creative people work and gain greater understanding of your own practice; keeping sketchbooks as records of your ideas and learning how to present your work innovatively and professionally.

Trips, visits and enrichments

  • Studio based learning and advanced skills workshops are supplemented by visits to galleries and museums to inform your own work and develop wider contextual knowledge of the arts
  • There are also creative opportunities within the College and local community

What can it lead to?

Many students go on to foundation and degree courses including study fine art, architecture, art therapy, games design, and art history. We know that the work our students produce has impressed Higher Education institutions and the exam board moderators, with the breadth and depth of study, and variety of techniques available.

Special entry requirements

GCSE grade 5 in art & design – applicants who have not studied art at GCSE may be offered a place on the basis of satisfactory portfolio of artwork

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