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Fine Art at Bay House School and Sixth Form

Course description

In a world that is flooded with visual information, how is it still possible to create new and inspiring images? What role will new technologies have in helping artists to communicate their personal vision? Is there still a place for traditional drawing and painting in the modern world?

These questions and many more will be investigated and answered through project work that grows from a study of the disciplines associated with Fine Art.

Students will be expected to build on their strengths whilst embracing new and innovative ways of working. Crucially the course is based around developing an archive of stimulating visual investigations which in many cases will be a launchpad for art college, university or employment in the creative industries.

Course content

Students will be required to produce practical and critical/contextual work in response to one or more of the following areas of study: 

  • painting
  • drawing
  • mixed media including collage and assemblage
  • sculpture
  • ceramics
  • installation
  • printmaking and
  • moving image and photography.

Entry requirements

  • Art - B
  • English Language - C



  • Candidates will choose one area of study to concentrate on throughout component one.  The resulting work will be presented as a portfolio and will account for 60% of the total AS mark.
  • An externally set assignment will be undertaken in the spring.  A lead-in period of up to 8 weeks will be followed by 10 hours of supervised examination during which candidates should consolidate their artistic practice and work to their strengths to produce stimulating final outcomes.  This unit of work will account for 40% of the total AS mark. 



  • Candidates are required to develop a practical investigation based on an idea, issue, concept or theme supported by 1,000 – 3,000 words. This major assignment accounts for 60% of the total A level mark and will be an opportunity for students to celebrate their skills and knowledge.
  • In the spring term candidates will undertake a 15 hour supervised examination which follows a lead-in period of up to 8 weeks.  This will account for 40% of the total A Level mark.

Future opportunities

AS and A2 candidates will be expected to generate work that is dynamic and personally motivated. The portfolio will be suitable for foundation, degree and employment applications

Further information


Students will be expected to undertake approximately four hours’ private study each week.  To a large extent this will be a self-motivated response to objectives and tasks set by the teacher.


During the course, students will be given opportunities to visit local and national exhibitions of art and design including the internationally recognised Frieze Art Fair in Regents Park, London.


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bay House School and Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 23 March 2016

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