Six GCSEs 9-4, two from English, Maths OR Science
Two at least grade 6
English at grade 5 is desirable
Specific requirements for Fine Art:
GCSE Art grade 9-4
This Fine Art course encourages students to go on their own creative journey, giving them the skills to create their own visual language. We very much want your art experience to be exciting and challenge you creatively as well as develop social, interpersonal and communicative skills. Throughout the course learners will explore, research and acquire techniques and develop their skills, knowledge and understanding in a range of media. We offer a broad- based A Level art and design course that gives students the opportunity to experience a range of specialist areas before making informed choices about the areas in which they would like to specialise.
In the first year, students will focus on learning and developing the skills required for this subject. They will then apply these skills in an increasingly independent way, leading to an independent project at the end of year one. In the second year, students will complete two units of work (as outlined below) which will be internally assessed and externally moderated and will form 100% of the final grade.
Learners are required to choose one or more area(s) of study, such as:
In the first year, students will focus on learning and developing the skills required for the subject through a series of workshops and projects. This will include the development of drawing, printmaking, painting and many other mediums. They will then apply these skills in an increasingly independent way, leading to a personal investigation at the end of year one. In the second year, students will complete two units of work (as outlined below) which will be internally and externally moderated. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in a range of departmental extra-curricular events and activities. Students are encouraged to enter competitions and exhibit their work. We have had great success with this, extending learning opportunities and providing invaluable experiences which cannot be taught in the classroom. Students also have the opportunity to undertake roles of responsibility as a subject ambassador or as a member of the art department collective.
Component 1: Personal Investigation (60% of A Level)
Learners should produce two elements:
Component 2: Externally Set Task (40% of A Level)
Learners will respond to an externally set task which will provide a number of starting points. A response will be based on one of these options.
Fine Art gives you a range of transferable skills which will support you in Higher Education and the work place. An art education creates creative and independent learners who have appreciation and respect for others. Fine Art is an exciting route in which pupils can gain strong skills in research, analysis and social development. Students will acquire new skills, techniques and understanding in a range of Fine Art mediums. Pupils will work towards particular themes, ideas or issues and are encouraged to be experimental, innovative and enquiring in their approach.
This subject can lead into many jobs in the creative industries, such as Fine Art, architecture, advertising, illustrator, designer, printmaker, curator, teacher, lecturer, photographer, art therapist, interior designer, multimedia artist, stylist, art valuer, art historian, film and tv, set designer, fashion to name a few.
I have become more confident with my work and if I ever needed help it was always there. It’s a great subject to be creative and create work you enjoy.
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