Fine Art

At a glance

Course title                              Fine Art

Entry requirement                   Level 5 in GCSE Art

Exam board                             AQA (www.aqa.org )


Why study fine art?

This popular and exciting course allows you to express and investigate your personal ideas using a variety of materials and techniques. Students will be encouraged to develop and explore their creative ideas independently. Studying Art and Design will provide you with a solid background for a career in many different fields, such as: animation, architecture, fine art, costume design, engineering, illustration, landscape design, product, design and film to name but a few.

Course content

Year 1:

Component 1:  Portfolio of work, with no time limit. Students will produce a practical and critical/contextual project using a trip to Kew Gardens as their starting point. Students will develop their own theme, exploring drawing, painting, mixed media, sculpture, ceramics, installation, printmaking, moving image or photography. Students will explore different approaches to recording images, such as observation, expression and imagination, and show an understanding of the conventions of different types of imagery or genres.

Component 2: Externally set assignment, 10 hours of supervised time.

Year 2:

Component 1: Personal investigation, no time limit. Students will produce work using a theme of their own choice, building on the skills developed in Year 1.

Component 2: Externally set assignment, 15 hour of supervised time.