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Art & Design (Fine Art) at Outwood Grange Academy

Course description

A Level Fine Art takes place over two years and is an excellent platform for progression to higher education in the visual arts.  Expectations are very high and results are consistently outstanding.  Student feedback on the course is always very positive and your individuality is encouraged and respected.  Teaching studios are stimulating and well equipped.  Staff are very experienced and give expert, personalised tuition.  There is a comprehensive enrichment programme fully supported by staff.  In year 13, extra tuition is given on further and higher education entry, portfolio preparation and interview technique.  There are very good links with local FE colleges.  There is no AS exam in year 12.

Course content

What will I learn at A Level?

Painting/Drawing/Printmaking/Sculpture.  Recording in a wide range of materials and techniques.  Exploring visual language.  Researching and developing resources.  Exploring personal responses to given and own themes.  Creative use of visual media.  Contextual work from contemporary and historical sources.  Presentation, written, oral and visual communication skills.

You investigate a personalised theme through the medium of fine art.  You will research, investigate and experiment with art techniques and processes in order to create outcomes that realise your creative intentions.  You will have the opportunity to develop and demonstrate an understanding and critical appreciation of the work of other artists, craftspeople and designers.  The externally set component involves you investigating a theme set by the exam board.  The ESA gives you the opportunity to build on the learning from your coursework.  The ESA finishes with a 15 hour period of independent work during which you will produce your final ESA outcomes.

Entry requirements

We require students to have passed some form of visual art qualification at KS4.  Standards at A Level are very high and are a big step up from GCSE.  Visual learning at this level is much more demanding than most students realise.  Ambition and determination are required because this learning will challenge you.


How will I be assessed at A Level?

Component 1 - Coursework 60%

Internally set, internally marked, externally moderated.  This takes place throughout year 12 and the first term in year 13.

Component 2 - Externally Set Assignment 40%

Externally set, internally marked, externally moderated.  This takes place in the Spring term in year 13.

Financial information

Two gallery visits per year (minimum) £40

2 sketch pads per year (minimum) £10

Personal art material £10

Portfolio £15

Future opportunities

The visual and creative arts are big businesses with a huge number of specialisms.  Creative industries in the UK contribute £60 billion to the economy and employ 1.4 million people.  People with creative skills are highly valued in a rapidly changing world of work.

The potential career possibilities for Art graduates are extensive with innovations in media and technology constantly creating new opportunities.  The following are broad vocational areas within which there are hundreds of specialisms.  These include web based industries, multimedia industries, advertising, architecture, fine art and commercial art computer related design, fashion, film and television.

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: 06 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years
  • Number of planned places: 20