A Level Art & Design: Fine Art Level 3

Full Time

About the course

This A Level is included as either a CORE or a RECOMMENDED subject in one of our 14 suggested A Level pathways. You can find out more about these in our Prospectus or A Level guide. However, if timetabling allows for it, you can undertake any combination of three A Levels.

The course allows course relates fine art theory and its various disciplines into practice. You will have the opportunity to follow a broad and balanced study of fine art, drawing, painting, printmaking, 3D and mixed media as well as modern techniques in photography, digital application and animation.

Fine Art offers the opportunity to explore both traditional forms of art in a range of techniques with contemporary subject matters.

Topics in Year One include: Produce practical responses based on the work of other artists and undertake an externally set task where you respond to set questions.

Topics in Year Two include: Personal Investigation; Produce a final outcome which can be in a range of fine art disciplines; Have the opportunity to study Life Drawing and complete a related study; Develop ideas to set questions through sustained and focused investigations.

You will study the course for 4.5 -5 (first year is 4.5 hours and second year is 5) hours per week and should expect to spend an additional 4.5 hours per on homework and private study. Mock exams are held during the first year (In Feb/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.

Entry requirements

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.

Where next?

Fine Art will allow direct access to a wide range of careers, for example: Graphic Design, Packaging Design, Illustration, Photography, Textile Design, Fashion, Interior Design and Careers in the leisure, art and creative industries.

Work experience and employability

This course does not contain a specific work experience component, but has other activities to help you develop employability skills. If you would like to undertake a work placement alongside your studies our Employability Team can help.

What additional resources will I need?

Some materials and sketchbooks are available from the Art Department at a subsidised cost. Art sales occur on a termly basis (Artway). We organise regular visits to major museums, galleries, art events, and exciting location work you are asked to pay the reasonable costs of entrance and travel.

You will need access to a camera to take your own photographs for secondary research purposes and a USB memory stick.

Fees information

This course is free to students aged 16-18 years.

You will be asked to pay a studio fee of £40 to assist exhibition costs, subsidised trips, use of consumables during workshop sessions (paper, ink, paint dyes, silkscreen preparation, glazing, firing, clay, machine equipment wear and tear, threads, beads, fabric samples etc.) You will need to pay for the materials required for mini projects and final outcomes.


For queries about the course, please contact the course leader: russell.maggs@newcollege.ac.uk

For general enquiries, please contact: enrolment@newcollege.ac.uk