Art - Fine Art
The Nature of the Course
The A Level course in Art encourages students to investigate, experience and enjoy the many aspects of art and design through stimulating and exciting coursework. This wide ranging course covers a breadth of skills through the creative development of process, production, reflection and evaluation, leading towards skills, knowledge and understanding. Students are required to work in many areas of fine art including drawing, painting, mixed-media, ceramics, photography and moving image, sculpture and printmaking. They will also complete written justification for the development of their ideas, based upon artists studied, as well as analysis of their creative work.
Visits to exhibitions and galleries are an integral part of the course and, as a result of these experiences together with individual research, critical understanding of both historical and contemporary work is developed. This research work informs and enthuses the individual artist. We try to run a residential trip each year – in the past we have been to Paris and to Edinburgh to visit the galleries and to take advantage of the drawing opportunities. The Art Departments at both schools are very well equipped and offer the opportunity to acquire skills in many different media.
Skills Demanded and Developed
It is normally advisable that A Level Art students would have achieved a very high grade for GCSE Art and also a good grade in English Language GCSE. Those taking this course must be very self-motivated, possess creative skills and have a strong sense of visual awareness. The ability to carry out research and work independently is an essential requirement of this course. Students’ self-sufficiency and their ability to pursue and develop projects creatively in their own time, usually leads to high attainment. In Year 13, independent study encourages students to research critical studies of historical and contemporary aspects of art, for example in relation to social issues, particular media or art movements.
Art in the Sixth Form builds upon the skills and techniques acquired during the GCSE course and students should become creatively confident in a number of different media while tackling a variety of subjects. Creative communication skills are developed on the A Level Art course. Students are encouraged to express their ideas visually in order to communicate their artistic concepts to others.
Careers and Higher Education Implications
An expanding number of opportunities exist in creative careers. Students in the past have followed university courses to complete degrees in areas such as Architecture (taking Art A Level combined with Maths and/or Physics), Industrial Design (Art and DT), Film Studies, Fashion, Graphic Design, Fashion and Business or History of Art. A popular route is to take an Art Foundation Course leading to a place on a degree course in many areas such as Fine Art, Graphic Design, Animation, Textiles, Interior and Exhibition Design.
Strong A-Level Combinations
Possible Further Study and Degree Courses
History of Art