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Fine Art AS/A Level at Brockenhurst College

Course description

TThe term ‘Fine Art’ covers a very broad range of both historical and modern/contemporary art practice.
This subject offers an exciting opportunity to explore and develop your personal creativity. You will have the chance to produce large scale and ambitious work using a wide range of drawing and painting media as well as more experimental techniques, such as relief construction/mixed media. In the second year you will work on an extended personal project, focusing on your own particular area of interest.

The key to this subject is the development of a personal portfolio of practical work.    Emphasis is upon research, observation and the development towards a final piece.  Drawing skills will be fundamental to this process. The course explores themes relevant to contemporary artists and research includes gallery visits as well as drawing/photography at places of interest.  At the end of the course an exhibition of your work is assessed.

Course content

The main purpose of the AS/A2 Fine Art course is to develop the students’ ability to appreciate the visual world and to respond in a personal and creative way.

  • To trust your creative instincts
  • To express ideas and feelings
  • To research and develop visual ideas
  • To use a range of materials and techniques
  • Learn from work of other artists
  • Drawing, painting and other methods of observation
  • Mixed media and experimental development of visual imagery
  • Print Making
  • Research and exploration of the approaches of other artists – visits to exhibitions.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at grade C or above, including grade C or above in GCSE Art & Design or related subject (e.g. textiles).

NB: Students who may not have had the opportunity to study an art/design subject at GCSE will be considered on the basis of practical evidence of aptitude/interest in the subject (personal sketchbooks etc).


Through the development and making of practical art work. Two units are internally marked/externally moderated at the end of each year.

Financial information

Students pay a studio fee of £28 per year to cover the cost of some materials used in the studio.

The course provides basic materials to introduce processes and techniques.

Students are required to buy their own materials for extended independent experimental work and for final pieces.

Many materials can be purchased cheaply at the College shop in the Art Department that is open daily at break time. Organised visits are considered essential parts of the course.

On average there may be 2 visits organised each year at a cost of around approximately £15. 


Future opportunities

This ‘A’ level is the recognised level of preparation for the Foundation Art and Design level 4. Diploma now available at Brockenhurst College and combines with other creative and academic ‘A’ levels for university entry.

Students have also been successful in applying to other colleges in London and elsewhere e.g. Central St. Martins, Falmouth, Slade School of Art.

Students with 2 visual art subjects may be accepted directly to a degree in an Art or Design specialism. ‘A’ level Art combined with other ‘A’ levels is a qualification for most other degree subjects at University.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 18 February 2016

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