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Fine Art A Level at South Cheshire College

Course description

Do you enjoy working with different media and materials or have you always wanted to? Do you want to experiment with colour, texture and drawing and painting techniques? Do you want to make work that surprises you? Then this course is for you. You will gain knowledge, skills, and enjoyment from learning the basic elements that artists and designers use such as line, tone, colour and texture. You'll also improve your skills in observation, drawing, painting, printing, image manipulation, and digital photography. Finally you'll learn how to develop your work from initial ideas through to final outcomes, including how to professionally mount your work.

Course content

The course places a strong emphasis on learning how other artists create images. AS Units: Unit 1: How to develop your work and ideas through the use of new materials and processes. How to work with a given theme to create a personal body of work influenced by the chosen artist. Practical exam externally set by AQA. This involves working from a chosen theme to develop a body of research, experimental developments and outcomes. these should demonstrate your media experiments and the influence different artists had in your work. It also includes a 5 hour practical supervised control piece. A2 Units: Unit 3: How to work with a given theme to create a personal body of work, influenced by your chosen artist. How to experiment with such methods as: paint techniques, collage, collograph, computer image manipulation and photography. How to mount your work to create a professional body of work. Unit 4: Practical exam externally set by AQA including a 15 hour practical supervised final outcome. Why study Art and Design? Do you enjoy working with different media and materials or have you always wanted to? Do you want to experiment with colour, texture and drawing and painting techniques? Do you want to make work that surprises you? Then this is the course for you. You will gain knowledge, skills and enjoyment in the following: The basic elements that artists and designers use such as: line, tone, colour and texture. How to improve your skills in observation, drawing, painting, printing, image manipulation and digital photography. How to develop your work from initial ideas through to final outcomes. How to mount your work to make it look professional. What else can you do on the course? You will have the opportunity to travel to see exhibitions in London, Liverpool and Madrid and will have the opportunity to exhibit your work in the End of Year Exhibition. You'll also have the chance to be taught by practising artists.

Entry requirements

Generally, a minimum of 2 GCSEs grade B and 3 grade C, including English and Maths, but applicants will be considered on a case by case basis. You will also need an art portfolio, to be presented at interview.

Future opportunities

You could progress on to Higher Education through our Foundation Art and Design course or by direct entry to an Honours degree in Fine Art, Photography or another art-related subject.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact South Cheshire College directly.

Last updated date: 15 August 2016

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    • South Cheshire College is situated in Dane Bank Avenue, Crewe and is ideally positioned for easy access. It is on major bus routes and is less than a 15 minute walk from the mainline railway station in Crewe. Junctions 16 and 17 of the M6 motorway are both only a 15 minute drive away and Manchester International airport is just 45 minutes away by rail or road.