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Art and Design: Fine Art at Hillview School for Girls

Course description

A Level Fine Art provides an exciting opportunity for students to develop a broad range art skills such as drawing, painting, printing, sculptural and lens-based image making/installation. The course has a strong academic element to it students learn how to respond to and discuss ideas, concepts and issues relating to Art and Design.

Course content

Students are encouraged to incorporate newer digital technologies in their work. The course requires students to make in-depth personal and imaginative responses to a given theme and has a strong academic element. Students learn how to respond to and discuss ideas, concepts and issues relating to Art and Design.


Entry requirements

General entry requirements to study three Level 3 qualifications for Hillview Sixth Form are Grade 4 in both English and Maths together with 3 other GCSE grades at Grade 4 or above (A*-C).

Students will need to have achieved the subject-specific entry requirements, which for Fine Art are GCSE Art & Design Grade 5 or above and Grade 5 in English Language.




This course consists of two components.

• Component 1, which makes up 60% of the mark, is in two parts: Practical work (72 marks) and Personal study (18 marks).

• Component 2 is the Externally Set Assignment, which makes up 40% of the mark.

Both components involve creative problem-solving which requires students to undertake investigative and research work in addition to experimental exploration, looking at alternative ways of finding a solution. Sketchbook work needs to be informed, purposeful and extensive. Students must make focused independent research, from primary source investigation, exploration and experimentation, before developing their final outcomes.

This independent work is demanding and students must be prepared to be hard working and innovative risk takers.

Future opportunities

This course will enable you to move on to a wide range of Art and Design courses at Foundation and Degree level. eg Fine Art, Textiles, Interior and Graphic Design or a combination of Art with English, Journalism, Drama and Set Design.  The creativity, problem-solving skills and personal resillience that students develop through completing this course are highly sought after across many sectors.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Hillview School for Girls directly.

Last updated date: 25 October 2017
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