A Level Fine Arts
A Level Fine Art is a two year course which will give you the opportunity to work in a range of media and to explore painting, drawing and print making. Students who enjoy and successfully complete this subject typically progress onto art and design related degrees.
The Fine Art course will see you working in a range of media, exploring painting, drawing and printmaking; the work of artists; and mixed media, collage and sculptural forms.
You will be taught in fantastic, purpose-built studios including painting studios, 3D workshops, a printmaking studio, and dedicated art study room. Our students also benefit from their own art shop on-site, allowing access to a wide range of materials and products, whilst enrichment activities include trips to places such as art exhibitions and museums in Manchester and Liverpool, National Trust venues and an international residential trip.
As part of the course, students may also have the opportunity to work with a visiting artist, exploring a specialist technique and media. This work will be assessed as part of the coursework unit and helps students to develop a broad range of practical skills.
What will I study?
You will be taught a wide range of techniques, encompassing, in part, oil and acrylic painting, mono printing, etching, screen printing, large experimental drawing and large scale paintings on canvas, wood and metal. Your work may take the form of journals, notebooks, worksheets, large scale rough studies, with final small and large scale outcomes.
Specifically, this will be through:
- Critical and Contextual Studies: written and visual analysis of art history, artists, designers and visual sources.
- Drawing and Recording: Drawing from direct observation will be expected throughout the course, including life drawing, and students are required to visit and collect sources to draw and photograph as part of all their work.
For our A Level programme our entry requirements are a minimum of 5x Grade 5.
*Please note that the following A Level subject requires a Level 6 in GCSE English: English.
*Please note that the following A Level subjects require a Level 6 in GCSE Maths: Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geology.
The course is assessed by both coursework and a written examination.
This A Level gives students the potential to progress to university onto an art-related degree course, or a pre-degree Foundation Diploma in Art and Design. The course could also lead to a career in teaching, fashion, gallery/museum management, architecture, interior design, graphics, film and television design, jewellery design, theatre and set design and production, TV and film, art directing or as an artist or art technician.