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Art and Design (Fine Art) - A Level (Linear) at Dover Grammar School for Boys

Course description

This is a linear course with the examinations at the end of Year 13.
We follow the AQA Specification in Art & Design (Fine Art).

Course content

The two-year linear programme contains four Units. Year 12 consists of one coursework Unit, and one internally set assignment, leading to a 5 hour examination. Year 13 consists one coursework unit and a 15 hour examination. The coursework and examination work each count for 50% of the total mark.
The 'Portfolio' in Year 12 and the 'Personal Investigation' in Year 13 require you to be innovative and to experiment as you learn from major artists and apply that learning to practical work. For the externally set assignments you will write at least 2,000 words analysing, describing and appreciating the work of major artists. You will also make notes about your own work and how it relates to the work of selected artists.

Themes for the Units could include landscape, portraits, still life, interiors, buildings and structures, or wildlife. Wide ranges of materials and processes are used throughout the course. You are given a strategic learning programme that is unique to your artistic direction, interests and creative development. Group discussions and one to one discussions are held frequently and recorded.

Entry requirements

Admission to the Sixth Form will be as a result of applicants satisfying all three of the

following criteria:

• at least GCSE grade 5 in both English and Maths

• at least GCSE grade 6 in a minimum of four other subjects

• at least GCSE grade 6 in any subject (except Maths and Further Maths) to be studied at A-Level. For Maths, at least GCSE grade 7 is required and for Further Maths at least GCSE Grade 8 is required


Further information

Trips to galleries provide opportunities for you to engage with original works of art. We also expect you to learn independently, by undertaking your own trips to galleries, exhibitions and by making contact with local artists.

Your work will be exhibited locally, in London and internationally, in both Brussels and Addis Ababa. Previous students of art at Dover Grammar School for Boys have gone on to study art, art history or architecture at university.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 24 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years