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Fine Art A level at Cardinal Newman College

Course description

Fine Art is the making and study of visual art such as painting, printmaking and sculpture. The course covers a variety of different processes and skills, which can be developed on specialist art and design degree course. Analytical and observational skills can be utilised in a wide range of creative environments.

Course content

At the start of the year, you will be given a theme to base your project on. The project will cover the formal elements, gathering research, observational drawing and looking at the work of others. The techniques you can expect to learn are; drawing with a range of media, lino and mono printing, painting with acrylics and watercolours.

The exam board will then set a range of starting points and you will choose one of the themes to develop. Again, you will spend time researching your chosen theme. In addition to the techniques above, you will also learn and use etching, collagraph printing and mixed media.

Following a preparatory period, students will undertake 10 hours of supervised time to conclude the assignment.

Entry requirements

Entry Criteria: At least two Bs and three Cs at GCSE, including at least a grade C in GCSE Art.


Exam: 40% Coursework: 60%

Future opportunities

Students who intend to go onto an Art degree course often take a year-long Art Foundation course such as the one offered here at Cardinal Newman. Students have also gained places on courses such as; Fine Art & Architecture at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU), Architecture at Newcastle University, Printed Textiles at Bath Spa University, Product Design at UCLan and Automotive Design at Aston University.

Further information

45% of Fine Art Students continue to study Art & Design after completing their A Levels.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 10 August 2016
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