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Fine Art

Course Overview
Course type

A level

Course length

A level: two years

Required qualifications

Five or more A*-C grades at GCSE including an art-related subject, and English Language (grade 9-5).

Please note: At interview you will be required to show a portfolio of art or design work to demonstrate your interest and ability.

Explore your creativity through a wide range of mediums from drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, installation, film, performance and mixed media. You will discover how art has influenced history and continues to contribute to todayís society. In the second year, you will have the opportunity to specialise in a specific medium and look at themes, ideas and issues in more depth.


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The course will focus on:
  • painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture,  mixed media, photography, contemporary  and historical art practice
  • practical, theoretical and analytical research
On the course, you will:
  • create and exhibit your own artwork
  • visit galleries, exhibitions and enter competitions
  • have the opportunity to work with professional artists
  • develop a professional portfolio
  • take part in live projects with industry professionals

Explore your creativity through a wide range of mediums from drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, installation, film, performance and mixed media. You will discover how art has influenced history and continues to contribute to todayís society. In the second year, you will have the opportunity to specialise in a specific medium and look at themes, ideas and issues in more depth.


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Method of assessment

Over two years, you will complete four units.  The final unit of each year is externally set by the examination board.

Explore your creativity through a wide range of mediums from drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, installation, film, performance and mixed media. You will discover how art has influenced history and continues to contribute to todayís society. In the second year, you will have the opportunity to specialise in a specific medium and look at themes, ideas and issues in more depth.


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What will I be able to progress to?

You will be able to progress to university to study Fine Art, Architecture and all Art and Design-related programmes.
Former students have gained places at Princeís Drawing School, Central Saint Martins and other associated colleges of the University of the Arts London.

Other Information

You will need to buy a course art pack at the start of the year. Single art items, together with sketchbooks, are available to buy within the department art shop.
A professional portfolio for those students who are progressing to an art-related higher education course can also be purchased. Research trips will require a small financial contribution.

Explore your creativity through a wide range of mediums from drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, installation, film, performance and mixed media. You will discover how art has influenced history and continues to contribute to todayís society. In the second year, you will have the opportunity to specialise in a specific medium and look at themes, ideas and issues in more depth.

Arts Award is available for those students interested in pursuing a career in the creative industries. See the entry at the front of the prospectus for more information. 


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