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Fine Art at Dudley Sixth

Course description

On this course learners explore a range of fine art media, techniques and processes through traditional and modern approaches. They develop ideas for painting, prints and sculptures in response to contemporary and historical examples.

Course content

Year One

A skill-building year where students will have the opportunity to explore new materials and progress through various short projects. These skills will provide students a strong basis to build on in the second year. There is no formal exam in the first year, but ongoing assessment throughout.

Year Two Component 1 - Personal Investigation

In this unit there is a written component in which candidates develop a personal investigation based on an idea, issue, concept or theme leading to a finished piece or pieces. Learners pick a theme or idea and produce a range of work based on this, showing their critical thinking skills and ability to research in depth. Accompanying text supports the practical work and explains the student’s thought process which must be no less than 1000 and no more than 3000 words.

Component 2 - Externally-Set Assignment

Students are provided with eight topics/questions from which they choose one to study. The summative exam is 15 hours long and students are expected to create a clearly-defined section of work that makes up a whole, leading to a finished piece or pieces.

This course gives you the opportunity to broaden your skills in this area, experience new artists/designers and visit new galleries.

Entry requirements

GCSE grade B in art/graphics or BTEC Level Two Diploma in art and design. A portfolio will be requested for interview.

Applicants may be accepted without a formal art qualification if they have a strong collection of work at interview

Assessment

Dudley Sixth staff grade these units before the marks are externally verified.

Financial information

Studying at Dudley Sixth is free of charge, but if other costs are a barrier to you studying with us, we aim to help you to access financial support. Examples of support that could be available include:

Bursary fund

Students aged 16-18 attending a full-time further education course can apply for help with college related costs to the 16-18 Bursary Fund. More information about the 16-18 Bursary can be found at the website: www.direct.gov.uk/en/EducationAndLearning/ or call 01384 363 555.

Care to Learn

Students aged under 20 needing help with childcare may be eligible for help with costs. More information is available from http://www.dfes.gov.uk/caretolearn or call 0300 303 8610.

Free meals

The government has introduced a new scheme to provide free meals for eligible learners in Further Education. The purpose of this new scheme is to enable students who claim benefits or live with parents/guardians who claim benefits to access a healthy meal whilst at college without the cost becoming a burden. Call 01384 363 555 for more details.

Learner support fund

If you're 19 before you finish your studies then help is available through the Learner Support Fund (19+) which provides means-tested grants to help students aged 19+ with any additional costs of studying. Call 01384 363 555 for more details.

Free Bus Pass

If you are 16-18, and a student of Dudley Sixth, you will be eligible* for a free bus pass, as long as you live one mile away or further from where we are based, and are not already in receipt of other financial support.

*Students with disabilities who are unable to access public transport may still be able to receive help.

If you have costs other than those mentioned here, which make it difficult for you to start or complete a course, you should still apply for help.

Future opportunities

BTEC Foundation Diploma in art and design, HND/Foundation Degrees in fine art or teacher training qualifications. Career options include illustrator, fine artist, museum curator, multiple design areas and any jobs that require evidence of creative thinking skills.

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: 09 February 2017
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Contact details

    • Contact name:
    • Student Services
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 0800 783 6095
    • Email address:
    • info@dudleysixth.co.uk

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