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Art (Fine Art) AS/A level at Highbury Grove School

Course description

On this creative and dynamic fine art course candidates will learn about an exciting range of art practises. They will work closely with artists and galleries to explore and identify sources of inspiration to develop their work independently. Creative and reflective experimentation will be carried out with a wide range of media and materials using primary and secondary sources as starting points.

Candidates will be encouraged to create highly personal responses to the themes and projects covered. During the course, candidates will also discover how different creative areas are inter-related and influence each other.

The course will enable candidates to develop:

  • intellectual, imaginative, creative and intuitive powers
  • investigative, analytical, experimental, practical, technical and expressive skills, aesthetic understanding and critical judgement
  • knowledge, understanding and application of fine art (traditional and contemporary)
  • an awareness of the different roles, functions, audiences and consumers of art

Course content


  • a mini observational drawing product to introduce students to a range of processes, material and teachniques.
  • a portfolio of work based on a theme word chosen by the student.
  • a five hour exam and sketchbook prepapration



  • a personal investigation, to include a visual essay.
  • a 15 hour exam and sketchbook preparation

Entry requirements

Six GCSEs at grade C or above including minimum grade C in English and minimum grade B in Art.

Candidates should have a strong interest in the arts and a desire to learn and acquire new skills in the subject. Individual cases that do not meet requirement will be considered.


Assessment will be portfolio and exam based.

Future opportunities

The course offers pupils a sound basis for progression into further or higher education in the arts or to enter employment where skills in art are necessary. The visual arts can lead to a range of opportunities: film, T.V and theatre, web design, computer game design, product and industrial design or architecture, advertising and photography, or you can become an artist.

Further information

Pre-course reading or preparation:

Keep a visual diary of their summer holiday.  Visit at least three exhibitions and come in September with at least five observational drawings using diferent materials and techniques (to include a photograph).

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Highbury Grove School directly.

Last updated date: 03 August 2016
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