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The fine art A level teaches you a broad range of artistic skills whilst allowing you the freedom to choose topic themes and develop techniques which are of most interest to you. The course encourages you to try media from a range of artistic discipline areas such as drawing, illustration, painting, print making, photography and digital media and teaches you how to analyse artistic imagery.


Why Choose This?

Students who enjoy practical, creative subjects should choose to study Fine Art. Those who value the opportunity to express their ideas and opinions through artistic materials and techniques and any students who enjoy developing new ideas. Fine Art can give you an excellent basis for improving your communication skills and can help you to develop resilience and independence.


Students with an A level in art have progressed to degree programmes in areas such as fashion, architecture, photography and fine art. The analytical, communication and research skills you develop would be useful for courses like history, religious studies or English literature or you could use your skills to teach or help people through courses such as art therapy.


Areas of Study & Assessment

You will begin the course in an experimental manner through individual workshop based lessons which will introduce you to a broad range of materials, techniques and processes. This area of study lasts a term and a half and is designed to ensure that you can make independent decisions about which media to specialise in for component 1; the personal investigation.


Component 1 is started in the Spring term of Year 12 and is an extended project, the theme of which is decided by each student. During this project you will specialise in one or more artistic disciplines and will have the opportunity to research artists of interest to you within a 1000-3000 word essay. This is worth 60% of your overall marks.


Component 2 is started in the February of Year 13 and is an externally set unit of work which requires you to work through a set project brief in a short amount of time, culminating in a 15 hour examination period in which to make a final piece. This component is worth 40% of your overall mark.  All work is internally marked using grading criteria published by AQA and then moderated by a visiting moderator.


What Our Students Say

Choosing to study fine art at A-level was a decision that required no deliberation. Art has allowed me to explore more creative concepts and to think more carefully about why I make certain choices- such as orientation, where I place certain pictures or whether I use colour on my artwork. The support provided allowed me to develop my skills over the 2 years immensely- I was given loads of feedback consistently which allowed me to reflect on my work and hence improve and make my work a higher standard.  I am currently studying Architecture at Birmingham City University. Fine Art A-level has provided me with the skills to be able to draw using a range of media and to think creatively when developing new ideas or concepts. Not only that, the course has also given me skills in reasoning and using sources to support my views.


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