A Level Art & Design: Fine Art at Merchants’ Academy
Why should I choose Fine Art?
You enjoy making art or taking photographs, have an interest in being creative and possibly are considering a career in the creative industries as an artist, illustrator, animator, sculptor or photographer. You may also have an ambition to study at university and want to use your artistic interests and skills as the route to a degree course.
Fine Art at AS/A2 level is taught through practical work which covers a variety of art practices such as drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture and mixed media with the possibility of exploring the possibilities provided by combining the different disciplines. Finished practical work is presented in a portfolio accompanied by all sketch book work and written explanation.
Students will choose to do either AS or A2. AS can be completed in a year, A2 requires two years study.
Assessment is through the completion of practical units. To achieve AS students will need to complete Units 1 and 2, to achieve A2 they will need to complete Units 1,2, 3 and 4.
Unit 1. A coursework portfolio, which is marked by your teachers and externally moderated by the exam board.
Unit 2. An externally set assignment for which you carry out research before working for a period of 5 hours in “exam” conditions on a practical piece of works. This is marked by your teachers and then externally moderated by the exam board.
To progress to a full A level (A2) you do two more Units in Year 13.
Unit 3. A personal investigation; practical work supported by a written assignment of 1000-3000 words. This is marked by your teachers and externally moderated by the exam board.
Unit 4. An externally set assignment for which you carry out research before working for 15 hours in “exam” conditions. This work is marked by your teachers and externally moderated by the exam board.
A qualification in Art and Design at this level could lead to employment in the creative industries or to further study to degree level at university, which would then lead to employment.
Where do I go for further information?
If you need to discuss your options for study in Art and Design or Photography please direct your questions to any member of the art department, who will gladly provide further explanation with current examples of student work. They will even advise you on the most suitable course to follow.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Merchants’ Academy directly.