This A Level is included within the Creative Studies A Level pathway as a Recommended Core subject. It is included in the following pathways as a Recommended Additional subject: Maths, Physics and Computer Science; Performing Arts. However, you can choose Fine Art with any A Level/equivalent combination, there is plenty of choice and flexibility.
Fine Art is a great subject to further your artistic skills. This course will enable you to extend your skills in drawing, painting, printmaking, 3D and mixed media, photography, and digital applications.
In Year One you will explore a range of genres including still life, portraiture, and landscape. You will produce practical responses based on the work of other artists and specialise in your chosen genre as the year progresses.
Then in Year Two you will build on your skills and specialise further in your chosen genre to create a unique personal response. This will involve a separate related study and in February of Year Two you will receive the externally set task where you select a theme and create practical work in your preferred way.
You will study the course for 4.5 hours a week in the first year and 5 hours a week in the second year. You should expect to spend an additional 4.5 hours per week on homework and private study. Mock exams are held during the first year (in February/March), but do not count towards the final A Level. Exams for the whole A level are held in May or June of the second year.
Five GCSEs at grade 4/C or above, including GCSE grade 4/C or above in English, and preferably a GCSE grade 4/C in Art. If you have not taken Art at GCSE, you should present a portfolio or examples of work you have done in your own time.
Future career and study opportunities
This course will enable you to access a range of art-related higher education courses as well as a many different careers including (for example) graphic design, packaging design, illustration, photography, textiles, fashion, interior design, journalism and many more.
Work experience/Careers Extra
This course does not contain a specific work experience component but offers other activities to help you develop employability skills. If needed, our Employability Team can help you find local work placements that will support the course.
All materials will be available for you to use in our fully stocked and open studios. The course includes visits to museums, galleries and art events, for which you will be asked to pay for, but costs are kept to a minimum. As you further your skills, you may decide to purchase your own art materials, which we can advise you on.