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Art & Design – Fine Art

Art & Design – Fine Art

Art & Design – Fine Art


The first unit is wholly coursework. Under a given theme, you will experiment with a wide range of media and methods and develop skills through drawing, painting and printmaking.

You will find out about researching, analysing and reviewing your own and other artists' and designers' work. This will all then provide the basis for developing your ideas towards a final piece of work.

The second unit is the externally set assignment (Exam Unit). With a given theme set by the examination board you will apply what you have learnt from Unit 1.

This will be done by exploring your chosen approach to the theme through experimenting with media and developing and applying your skills.

Alongside this, you will be researching and analysing your own and others' work to support your progress. Then developing your ideas and, under timed examination conditions (8 hours), producing an outcome.

Similarly, in the second year there are two units of coursework. The first unit in this year is a personal study supported by written work and the final Unit is a controlled 12-hour exam after eight weeks of preparatory studies.


Please see page 26 for general entry requirements.

In addition, to study this subject you will need a grade B or above in an art-related subject at GCSE. Entry is subject to a successful interview and it is useful to bring a portfolio of work with you to the interview.


Coursework: There is a generous coursework component in the syllabus, which allows scope for personal development.

Major Projects/Examination Work: You will develop ideas from the examination paper given theme towards a timed major piece of work.

Contextual Study: You will produce a personal research study on a relevant topic (artist/ designer/movement/techniques) of your own choice.


Completion of the A Level qualification will earn you ’points’ to progress on to higher education both outside and inside the disciplines of art and design. 

If you wish to progress on to a possible career in art and design, one year’s study on a Foundation Degree in Art & Design is often recommended.

Additionally, you can progress directly to employment, seeing your experience and qualifications in art and design as contributing to a broader, richer education.


During the course we will make visits to galleries and exhibitions. The course will be concluded with an exhibition of the work you have produced.