Art & Design: Fine Art Edexcel A Level at St Bernard's High School
Students will produce practical and critical contextual work in one or more areas including painting, drawing, mixed media, sculpture, land art, installation, print making, film, animation, video and photography. Drawing is a compulsory element of the course.
Students will need to generate and develop ideas, research work of other artists, record first-hand observations, experiment with media and processes, and review and refine ideas towards producing a personal and meaningful outcome.
- The emphasis of this unit will be on the development of understanding and skills using an appropriate range of materials, processes and techniques.
- Students should produce a collection of materials that exemplifies work carried out during the Year 12 course.
- An externally set assignment will be provided by the exam board with a broad theme to be used as a starting point.
- Students are required to create preparatory work that should be presented in a sketchbook.
- Following the preparatory period, students must complete 10 hours of unaided, supervised time.
- In the 10 hours students must produce a finished outcome or a series of related finished outcomes, informed by their preparatory work.
- This a practical unit supported by a written essay.
- Students are required to conduct a practical investigation into an area, issue, concept or theme that interests them.
- The focus of the investigation must be identified independently by the student and must lead to a finished outcome or a series of finished outcomes.
- The investigation should be a coherent, in-depth study that demonstrates the student’s ability to construct and develop a sustained line of reasoning from an initial starting point to a final realisation.
- Following receipt of the externally set assignment paper, students should consider the broad theme as a starting point and create preparatory work that should be presented in a sketchbook.
- Following the preparatory period, students must complete 15 hours of unaided, supervised time.
- In the 15 hours students must produce a series of finished outcomes, informed by their preparatory work.
- B Grade in Art and Design at GCSE level.
- BTEC applicants will be considered on the strength of their portfolio
- Unit 1: Coursework Portfolio
- Unit 2: Externally Set Assignment
- Unit 1: Personal Investigation supported by written element
- Unit 2 : Externally Set Assignment
This course will suit students who enjoy the opportunity to explore independently and develop their own intentions.
There are many careers in art, craft and design.
Often students opt to take a one-year foundation course before applying to a specialist art course at degree level.
For careers in the creative industry a Fine Art course will provide a varied portfolio of evidence.
Past students have gone on to pursue careers in the following fields:
Fine Art, Illustration, Product Design, Textile Design, Theatre and TV Set Design, Costume Design, Art Restoration, Teaching, Architecture, and Art Therapy.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Bernard's High School directly.