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Art - Fine Art GCE A Level (AQA) at Guiseley School

Course description

This subject is a two year, linear A level course.  This means that the whole course is assessed in Year 13. 


Fine Art at A level will give you the opportunity to improve your artistic skills and develop your creativity. You will experience a wide range of activities in two and three dimensions and be encouraged to develop your own personal style. The creative industries in Britain employ one and a half million people, generating sixty billion pounds each year.



Course content


Students will be introduced to aspects of the course including:

· How to create sketchbooks

· Different ways of researching and investigating ideas through drawing, colour

  studies, photography and note-taking

· How to handle a range of two-dimensional and three dimensional media for

  developing ideas

· Effective ways of exploring critical and contextual materials

· Different ways of responding to the work of others

· Life drawing

You will be encouraged to do this by:

· Developing work based in response to a personal issue, interest or concern

· Developing ideas in response to a set theme


Entry requirements

5 GCSEs grade 4-9, this is normally expected to include Maths and English Language or Literature. 

Students will be expected to achieve at least a grade 5 in the A level subjects that they wish to study.



Investigation (60%)

Students will be encouraged to recognise and develop their own strengths in the subject and identify and sustain their own lines of enquiry. Students are expected be self-motivated in order to demonstrate practical and theoretical knowledge and understanding within the subject. The personal investigation requires students to develop work based on an idea, issue, concept or theme leading to a finished outcome or series of finished outcomes. The practical elements should make connections with the work of other artists, designers, craftspeople or photographers and include a piece of written work.



Externally Assessed Assignment (40%)

You will be required to respond to a stimulus, provided by AQA, to produce work which provides evidence of your ability to work independently within specified time constraints, developing a personal and meaningful response which addresses all the assessment objectives and leads to a finished outcome or a series of related finished outcomes. The exam consists of a 15-hour period of supervised time where students produce the finished outcome.



Future opportunities


Both courses are suited to further courses or employment where ‘what we see matters’. Many students have furthered their studies through a foundation course, usually at Leeds of Bradford College of Art & Design which has provided excellent preparation for further study or employment. Former students are now working in Fashion, Photography, Textiles, Architecture, Animation, Fine Art, Archaeology and Transport design.



How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 25 September 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September