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Fine Art - A Level at Bolton Sixth Form College

Course description

All art is the result of the deliberate transformed by the accidental; the painter wields a palette knife and sculptor their chisel and then something happens - a chance encounter with a stranger, a smell, a snatch of overheard conversation or a few beats of music, a dream of a tropical paradise words on a page and the work spins off into a totally new plane. The original artwork explodes and reassembles itself taking on immortal life. Happy accidents challenge and inform while the wholly deliberate lacks energy and spark.

Course content


Fine art is created for purely aesthetic expression, communication, or contemplation. It is about challenging the mundane; it is about rising above the banality of everyday life and opening our eyes to a whole new visual language, a whole new way of seeing. It’s emotive, a powerful tool that allows the artist to explore specific feelings of joy, sorrow, angst, outrage, tranquillity, pleasure, pain and exhilaration. This course requires commitment, passion and intellect and a fundamental ability to inspire with a desire to alter and challenge perception. It is a discipline that requires highly developed techniques and skills, which leads to the development of distinctively personal and recognizable practice and style.


You must be able to draw confidently & creatively in order to complete this course successfully. You will develop your skills using pencil on paper to accurately render still lives, the human form, architecture and natural form. Once you‘ve explored your topic through closely observed drawing you will then explore a wide range of traditional and digital media, materials, processes and techniques.


You will be actively encouraged to experiment with media and materials; to embrace and develop the happy accident while reflecting upon your process, application and progress. Fine Art practise fuels and stretches creativity however, these practical skills are hugely enhanced by contextual awareness and understanding. This understanding of howspecific artists and artworks effect, challenge or reflect upon the human condition and our global society fundamentally underpins your creative practise. You will learn how to set out and make the most exquisite visual statements you are capable of creating, while exploring, exploiting and experimenting with a vast array of media and materials.

Links with other subjects:

Fine Art links well with Photography, Art, Craft & Design, Graphic Design, Media & Film Studies and Communication & Culture.

Entry requirements

Students studying four A Levels will be expected to have a minimum of 6 GCSEs at grade A/A*/7, 8 or 9 including English Language and Mathematics at grade 6 or above. Students studying three A Levels will be expected to have a minimum of two GCSEs at grade B/6 and three GCSEs at grade C/4 including English Language and Mathematics at grade 4.

Financial information

No course fees are applicable for 16-18 year old learners who meet funding regulations.

Future opportunities

Fine Artist


  • Curator
  • Gallery Assistant
  • Studio Assistant
  • Community Artist
  • Art Therapist
  • Art & Design Teacher/Lecturer


Further information

Please visit the College website or email for further course information.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 04 October 2017
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