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Fine Art A level at Esher College

Course description

Fine art is an exciting, challenging and highly rewarding subject. It is a course which encourages you to respond to the visual world in a personal and creative way. This subject helps you to find new inventive ways of recording your observations, thoughts and ideas.

Course content

In the first year you will work on practical tasks which are designed to develop your recording skills. You will explore the use of the formal elements, including line, tone, colour, shape, form, pattern and texture. Emphasis will be placed on experimenting with a wide range of media and learning how to transform materials in order to reflect their different qualities. Alongside practical work you will be encouraged to show evidence of an on-going critical review of your own work and that of other artists.

The skills you have learned in the first year provide a starting point for your second year. These skills will enable you, with guidance, to now pursue your own individual creative and visual ideas. You will choose your own starting points for coursework and by analysing and refining your work you will produce ambitious, challenging and thoughtful outcomes.

In addition to your practical studio work you will also complete a written and illustrated personal study of between one thousand and three thousand words. This critical and analytical essay will explore the work of artists that connect to your own studio work

Entry requirements

You will need to have good drawing skills, a genuine interest in art and a real love for experimenting with new ways of working. We also want you to really enjoy looking at the work of other artists and questioning why they made their work in a particular way

The minimum entry requirement for study at Esher College is 5 GCSEs at A* - C (or 9 – 4 in Maths and English).  We encourage students to aim significantly higher than this to ensure that study programmes are successfully completed.

Aside from the general entry criteria that the College requires, you will also need to achieve a C grade in Art at GCSE

If you do not have a grade 4 in either GCSE English Language or Maths and you qualify to follow a study programme at the College, you will be required to retake one or both of these subjects in your first year.  A lack of GCSE English Language at grade 4 will significantly restrict study programme options.


Coursework – 60 %
15 hour Practical timed Examination – 40%

Future opportunities

Many of our students progress directly to degree courses in a wide range of subjects including, jewellery design, architecture, art history, interior design, graphic design, and computer game design  as well as fine art degrees. Applications to London art schools for art foundation courses are also popular.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Esher College directly.

Last updated date: 12 October 2016
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