Fine Art A Level 3 (Block D) at St John's Catholic Comprehensive School
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.
- 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
- 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%)
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.
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
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St John's Catholic Comprehensive School directly.