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Art and Design (Fine Art) A Level at Mount Grace School

Course description

These courses will provide creative students with diverse interests to explore exciting opportunities to extend their practical skills and individuality as well as their enjoyment of the subject. Students will be encouraged to develop personal responses to ideas, observations, experiences, environments and cultures in practical, critical and contextual forms, allowing them to work to their strengths. The courses will develop self-confidence in the expression of personal ideas and independent learning. Students will have the choice of either the one year AS course or the two year full A Level. The courses lay an appropriate foundation for further study of Art & Design or related subjects in Higher Education.

Entry requirements

Art must have been studied at GCSE level or BTEC with a minimum of Grade B achieved or the equivalent.

Students that are passionate about Art and Design. The subject must have been taken to GCSE Level with a minimum of Grade B achieved. An ability to work directly from observation and develop ideas in a continuum is essential, as well as a good eye for composition. An awareness of concepts in Art & Design and ability to use them to develop unusual and interesting ideas. An awareness of the importance of keeping a sketchbook/work journal/visual diary on a regular basis is also important.


AS (One year) Two units/modules of work are required.

  • Unit 1 (60%) is centred on building upon good practices and technical skills through observational studies and artist research.
  • Unit 2 (40%) is an exam leading to a 10 hour timed practical exam.

A Level (Two years) Two units of work are required.

  • Unit 1 (60%) is a unit of coursework with an accompanying 1,000 to 3,000 word illustrated essay, exploring the rationale behind the work and the critical and contextual connections being made with the work of other artists.
  • Unit 2 (40%) is an externally set practical exam with a choice of themes culminating in a 15 hour timed test.

Future opportunities

Opportunities for further learning at Degree, BTEC and HND/ HNC level can lead to career options in: Fashion, Journalism, Interior Design, Arts & Media, Animation, Design Management, Film & Video, Fine Art, Education, Graphic Design, Packaging Design, Product Design, Photography, Textiles: Printed and woven, Three Dimensional Design.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Mount Grace School directly.

Last updated date: 19 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years