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Art - Fine Art (AS/A Level) at New College Swindon

Course description

This is a highly practical course which allows you the opportunity to follow a broad and balanced study of fine art, drawing, painting, printmaking and 3D.


The course relates fine art theory and its various disciplines into practice, and allows you freedom of expression and creativity.


You will follow an exciting and varied programme of work in painting and drawing, printmaking, 3D and mixed media as well a modern techniques in photography, digital application and animation.  Fine Art offers individuals the opportunity to explore both traditional forms of art in a range of techniques with contemporary subject matters.

Entry requirements

You should have a grade C or above in GCSE English, and preferably a GCSE in Art.  If you have not taken Art at GCSE, you should present a portfolio or examples of work you have done in your own time.  Our Art tutors can then advise you on your suitability for the AS/A Level course. In order to progress onto the second year of this course (A2) you must have an AS grade D or above.

You should have an enthusiasm for researching new topics, an inquiring mind and a willingness to take responsibility for your own learning as the course is designed to encourage these skills.

You should demonstrate a keen interest in, and an enjoyment of, drawing, painting, sculpture and printmaking as well as a high level of commitment and enthusiasm is essential.


AS/A Level units are:

AS: Externally Set Task. In the first part of the AS, you will produce practical responses based on the work of other artists. The set task is given to you in January where you respond to set questions in your preferred art discipline. This course only has one unit for assessment at AS.


A-Level Unit 1: Personal Investigation. Building on your skills at AS you will produce a final outcome which can be a 3D exhibition model complete with an animated digital poster, an online guide, and a related study, which can take the form of a written essay. (60% of A Level )

A Level Unit 2: Students independently develop ideas to set questions through sustained and focused investigations. You can now demonstrate your maturity in responding to a set question. (40% of A Level)

Future opportunities

It will allow direct access to courses including Foundation Diploma courses, Degrees, Higher National Diplomas and a wide range of careers, for example: Graphic Design, Packaging Design, Illustration, Photography, Textile Design, Fashion, Interior Design and Careers in the leisure, art and creative industries.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact New College Swindon directly.

Last updated date: 28 April 2016

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