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Art and Design – Fine Art AS level at North Liverpool Academy

Course description

The broadest of all the individual specialisms, Fine Art covers a wide variety of media and techniques. These include traditional drawing, painting and sculpture alongside the more contemporary illustration art, animation, film, photography, printmaking, performance and digital imagery.

All students participate in practical and theoretical workshops and are encouraged to experiment with a wide range of media in order to express their ideas. All practical work is underpinned by contextual sources and students are encouraged to visit galleries to engage with artwork first hand.

You will be exploring themes that are designed to make it easy for you to create exciting visual artworks. You will need to link your personal work to historical and cultural references, studying a variety of relevant artists, photographers and artworks.

Entry requirements

Any Art and Design GCSE Grade C or above or BTEC Art and Design at Merit or above, alongside enthusiasm and a determination to work hard and succeed.


At Advance Subsidiary and Advanced Level you will be introduced to a variety of experiences that employ a range of traditional and new media processes and techniques appropriate to your level of study.

Component 1: Portfolio (60%)

A practical investigation, supported by annotation, into an idea, issue, concept or theme leading to a finished outcome or related outcomes.

Component 2: Externally set assignment (40%)

A choice of five questions to be used as starting points with one being selected. Supported by preparatory work presented in sketch books, journals, models, mounted sheets along with 10 hours of examination time.

Future opportunities

Students develop a wide range of transferable skills through studying Fine Art which are sought by employers and universities courses and careers eg. Art, Design, Fashion, Advertising and Marketing. Some of these skills include creativity, problem solving, organisation and communication skills.

Developing employability skills is also encouraged through students participating in external exhibitions, competitions, through workshops with visiting artists and designers.

Fine art students progress onto the Art Foundation Diploma and/or then access Higher Education. Students can gain places on courses such as Illustration, Animation, Fine Art, Interactive Arts and Architecture.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact North Liverpool Academy directly.

Last updated date: 12 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year