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Art - Fine Art and Photography A-Level at Sir John Talbot's Technology College

Course description

These courses are designed to enable you to:

  • Develop fine art (paint and print) or photography skills using a variety of media, processes and techniques.
  • Gain knowledge of historical and contemporary painters, photographers, styles and genres.
  • Use a specialist fine art or photography vocabulary and terminology.
  • Gain knowledge of fine art or photography through research, development and production of your own ideas.
  • Recognise and develop your own practical and critical strengths in fine art or photography.
  • Provide you with the tools to develop your own artistic and creative practice.

Will this course suit me?

You will enjoy this course if you have an interest and natural aptitude for art or photography. An awareness of art and art history is essential; you should have a genuine interest in visual culture. Encouraging your own creativity can lead you to great ideas in your other subjects too. Of course, A Level Art or Photography are the ideal stepping-stones for undertaking further studies in fine art or photography based courses at art college or degree level. Ideally you will have at least a grade B at GCSE in the subject you wish to study. Assessment is all coursework based with practical examinations.

Entry requirements

We ask that students applying to the Sixth Form have a minimum of 5 GCSEs A*– C Grade and aim for a B Grade in their chosen subject of study (predicted grades). 

It is possible to choose some subjects if you have not studied them for GCSE. 

You will be invited to attend a short, informal interview with the Head of Sixth Form to discuss your application and talk through your options. All places offered will be conditional until you have received your GCSE results in August and enrolment will take place on GCSE Results Day.

Future opportunities

Many students create a strong portfolio that enables them to succeed at interview for higher education in Art and Design or photography including Foundation courses at college and Bachelor of Arts degrees at university.

Students then aim to embark on careers in the World of Advertising, Graphic Design, the Fashion Industry, Set Design, Illustration, Special Effects and Gallery Curation to name just a few. Some set themselves up as practising Artists.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sir John Talbot's Technology College directly.

Last updated date: 06 July 2015

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