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Art and Design: Fine Art A level at Birkenhead Sixth Form College

Course description

Is Fine Art for you?

  • You have the determination to explore a creative idea.
  • You enjoy experimenting with and developing ideas.
  • You can sustain your interest in a project over an extended period of time.
  • You enjoy using your own ideas and experiences to inform your project work.
  • You have an open mind about what Art is.
  • You enjoy researching the work of other artists, designers and craftspeople.

Course content

AS Year

Coursework Portfolio

You will create a portfolio of work based on a theme. You will be introduced to a broad variety of techniques, materials and approaches relevant to Fine Art, e.g. drawing, printing, painting, photography and mixed media.

Externally set assignment

You will receive an exam paper set by the Exam Board, for which you are expected to produce preparatory work and a finished piece or pieces in response to one of a choice of starting points.

A2 Year

Personal Investigation

You will continue to produce guided coursework projects in Fine Art and will develop personal investigations based on an idea, issue, concept or theme which must be supported by a written essay.

Externally set assignment

You will receive an exam paper set by the Exam Board, for which you are expected to produce preparatory work and a finished piece or pieces in response to one of a choice of starting points.

You will be given the space to be creative in our School of Art & Design that offers students a professional, modern environment with its five large teaching studios.

All students will have to use the College facilities at certain times to complete homework or carry out additional work on your projects outside of your timetabled lessons.

Entry requirements

  • You must have achieved at least 5 GCSEs at grade C or above, and at least a grade C in GCSE Art & Design (Fine Art or Unendorsed). Students without these requirements who nevertheless have career ambitions requiring AS Fine Art will be interviewed by the Head of Department to establish whether progression on this course is possible.

Assessment

You will be assessed through a mixture of coursework (50%) and exam projects (50%) which you will complete in the studio within a fixed time period. Guidance and support will also be provided to ensure that you develop the analysis and written skills required to undertake these tasks.

Future opportunities

You will develop creative, analytical and evaluation skills necessary for success in a broad range of careers. Many students progress into Higher Education in a wide variety of fine art fields and disciplines. You can either apply to study a higher level qualification direct from college or, more often, complete a one year Art, Design and Media Foundation Diploma which will help you to decide which specialist qualification to apply for. You can complete the Art, Design and Media Foundation Diploma here at The Sixth Form College.

There are also opportunities to enter Level 3 Creative Apprenticeships for those wishing to gain vocational training.

The creative industries are one of the biggest employers in the UK. Art and Design related subjects are valuable for careers in such fields as advertising, marketing, fashion design, graphic design, architecture, publishing and the media.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Birkenhead Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 25 October 2016
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