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Art and Design (Fine Art) A Level at Collingwood College

Course description

You will be encouraged to explore your creative identity through using ideas, materials and technical processes. The dominance of visual media in modern forms of communication has made visual literacy and creativity a key transferable skill in the workplace.

This course is designed to encourage you to:

  • develop intellectual, imaginative, creative and intuitive powers;
  • engage with technical and expressive skills to give form to investigative and experimental activities;
  • use knowledge and understanding of the work of artists to develop and extend your own work;
  • organise, select and communicate ideas, solutions and responses and present these in a range of visual forms.

Course content

Component 1: Personal Investigation - 120 marks.
60% of the A level consisting of:

  • A portfolio of practical work showing students personal response to a brief or stimulus
  • A related artist study of continuous prose

Component 2: Externally set task – 80 marks.40% of the A level.
The early release paper is issued on 1st February and will provide students with a number of themes each with a range of written and visual starting points, briefs or stimuli. Students select one of the themes to investigate, explore and develop ideas that will form the basis of a response in the 15 hour exam.

Entry requirements

Minimum of 5 GCSEs at Grade A*-C (or equivalent) including grade C in Art.


Internally assessed and externally moderated. Component 1: Personal Investigation – coursework 60% Component 2: Externally set task – 40%

Future opportunities

Fine Art is excellent for further education such as entry to a Foundation Course or degree courses in art specialisms, as well as a number of work related areas.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 11 October 2016
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