A Level Fine ArtBack
Exam Board: EDEXCEL
WHAT IS THE COURSE ABOUT?
This is an art and design-based A level that specialises in traditional and modern fine art techniques: painting, drawing, collage, print-making, ceramics, 3D techniques and contemporary approaches. In addition to this, students learn to use presentation techniques and to work both on a large scale and in a sketchbook.
DURATION OF COURSE:
This course is a two-year linear A level. Grading is through internal assessment and external moderation.
WHAT UNITS/TOPICS WILL BE STUDIED?
The course comprises 60% coursework and 40% externally set task. The first year involves short projects and workshops exploring key movements including figurative drawing, landscape and abstraction. This is followed by the first phase of the personal investigation. In the second year there are two assessed components: ‘Personal Investigation’ in which students specialise in their chosen area of Fine Art and write a supporting essay and ‘Externally Set Task’ where students will choose from a range of given themes and create a project, this includes a timed practical examination.
WHAT DO I NEED TO STUDY THIS SUBJECT?
G Score: 34
GCSE English: 4
GCSE Art and Design: 5
A general enthusiasm for the visual arts and a commitment to making practical artwork through lessons and independent practice.
Students who have not studied art and design at GCSE can present a small portfolio of their work at interview/enrolment which will be taken into consideration.
WHAT CAN I DO TO PREPARE MYSELF TO STUDY THIS SUBJECT?
Visit both large and small museums and galleries in central London and the surrounding area. Keep a sketchbook of drawings and try to work from direct observation rather than copying from the internet. Try experimenting with a variation of art materials such as pens, collage, papers and inks. Keep a record of the art and design which most inspires you.
WHERE CAN THIS LEAD ME?
Students often progress onto a Foundation Diploma course in art and design or directly onto a degree in a range of art-based or other subjects. Careers in Fine Art include: Artist, Designer, Illustrator, Technician, Sculptor, Museum Assistant, Stage/ Theatre Design, Advertising, Film, Curating.
WHAT ARE THE ENRICHMENT OPPORTUNITIES AS PART OF THIS SUBJECT?
There are many visits to galleries, museums, degree shows and workshops. You will also have the opportunity to enter competitions on a local and national level.