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Fine Art A Level 3 (Block D) at St John's Catholic Comprehensive School

Course description

If you are creative and love exploring ideas, then Fine Art is for you. Fine Art is one of the best subjects to express your feelings in an imaginative way. You can go wild with different materials, such as acrylic, oil, pastel, chalk...or maybe wood, metal, clay etc., to  make sculptures and express you ideas in a more tactile way.

The Fine Art course explores a range of creative practices including painting, mixed media, sculpture and print-making. Drawing is an essential skill for studying this subject and forms an integral part of Fine Art practice. You will use drawing to record and analyse the observed world, to explore ideas visually and to find new ways of expressing your thoughts and feelings. You will extend your drawing ability by experimenting with a range of tools, materials and techniques in order to refine your practical skills. You will also learn how to use sketchbooks as a creative journal in order to document your own creative process.

Gallery and research visits are an essential part of Fine Art practice. You will develop your study skills by researching, analysing and evaluating the work of other artists, craftspeople and designers in order to make connections to your own ideas and methods. An important aspect of your progression will be your ability to express yourself in writing. As part of the personal investigation component of the A Level you will be required to produce a minimum 1000 word critical study. At the end of the course your work will be displayed at St John's annual Art Exhibition, which celebrates the creativity of our learners.

Course content

What you will study
 
• Intensive studies of the three main areas of Fine Art (Drawing, Painting and Printmaking) following a thematic approach.
• Extensive exploration of materials and techniques to enable you to develop a unique and expressive personal visual language.
• An understanding of the importance of Art, craft and design in everyday culture.
• You will be taught how to analyse and evaluate key works of art and apply this to your own knowledge and practice.
• You will develop an ability to appreciate to the visual world, respond in a personal and creative way, and produce work that can be enjoyed by a wide audience.
 

 

Entry requirements

  • GCSE Art and Design (Grade 6/B or higher) or
  • BTEC Art and Design (Distinction or higher) or
  • Interview by portfolio plus a minimum of 5 GCSE grades A*-C (Grade 4 or higher) or equivalent

Assessment

 
 
There are four assessment objectives each worth 25%:
  •  Develop ideas informed by contextual sources
  •  Explore and refine use of materials and processes
  •  Record ideas and reflect on progress
  •  Present a successful outcome that realises intentions

Component 1: A portfolio of creative outcomes related to set themes and experimental studies developing your visual language. This unit must be supported by work journals. (50%)

Component 2: An externally set, broad themed assignment issued by the board in February. You will be given eight weeks to prepare followed by a ten hour examination. (50%) 

Future opportunities

This course leads naturally to careers in Fine Art, Graphic Design, Fashion, Advertising and Product Design. Art and Design courses are also useful if you are considering a career in such fields as Architecture, Marketing, TV & Film, Publicity, Arts Administration, Animation and the Media, Teaching and Gallery Curation. 

For Higher Education this course can lead to University, Training Schemes and Foundation Courses at UCA.

Further information

Please not that you will study AS Art and receive your qualification at the end of year 12.  You can continue to A Level in Year 13 if you wish.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 15 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years

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