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Art & Design: Fine Art A Level at Salisbury 6th Form College

Course description

The two year Art & Design course in Fine Art is designed to strengthen and build on the skills, techniques and processes acquired at GCSE Art & Design such as:  

  • recording ideas and observations
  • develop work informed by artists, designers and craftspeople
  • experimentation with media and materials and
  • reviewing and refining work.  

Through taught lessons, workshops and independent study you will be introduced to a variety of experiences exploring a range of art media, techniques and processes and be made aware of both traditional and new technologies. These will include painting and drawing, mixed media, sculpture, printmaking, animation, video and photography.  

You should be aware of the importance of research and you are encouraged to explore methods for developing themes and ideas.

You will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding in the appreciation of different approaches to recording images, such as observation, analysis and expression.

You will be able to recognise different ways of working, such as using underpainting, glazing, wash and impasto; modelling, assembling, mono printing, lino printing, screen printing.

You will develop an understanding of space, composition, rhythm, scale and structure.

Course content

You will be offered a range of opportunities in Fine Art such as:  

  • Selling your artwork.  In the past, students have sold their work at Fisherton Market and at exhibitions 
  • Life drawing classes are held over a term
  • Mini masterclasses
  • Guest speakers from the art

The first year is an opportunity to build a portfolio of work that can be used in interviews at university, art foundations, apprenticeships and work experience placements.

You will be expected to complete a project based on a starting point that will address all four assessment objectives and conclude with a resolved outcome or series of resolved outcomes.

The second year comprises two components, the personal investigation and externally set assignment. In Component 3, the emphasis should be on self-directed study based on a personal interest, issue or theme; you are expected to work independently, demonstrating ability to explore and handle themes, ideas, materials, techniques and processes.

Component 4 should demonstrate a greater maturity and depth in skills, knowledge and understanding.

The externally set assignment provides opportunities for you to work in depth, responding to one of the starting points handed out in February. You are expected to make reference to the artists, designers and craftspeople suggested by AQA and address all four assessment objectives concluding with a 15 hours of supervised time in which a resolved outcome or series of resolved outcomes is completed. You will receive continual assessment on your progress and termly progress tutorials. The four units are assessed internally and then subject to external moderation to national standards.

Entry requirements

To study this course you will need grade B or above in GCSE Art or an equivalent qualification, or a technology subject such as Graphic Products or Textiles.  

A portfolio is expected to be seen at interview.  Consideration will be given to students who achieve a C in GCSE Art but have an outstanding portfolio.

Future opportunities

This course enables progression onto a wide range of art and design degree courses and career opportunities are numerous and include: commercial art, graphic design, textiles, fashion, ceramics, interior, theatre design, architecture, photography, film animation and video, arts administration, conservation and restoration, teaching and art therapy.

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What our students think

“S6C is local to where I live and rather intimate in capacity making one-to-one sessions easier and help to be provided when needed. The environment is friendly and the independence given to us helps us to gradually begin the process of growing up. I chose the Fine Art course as I have found a great love in creating artwork that people admire, I feel that the course allows you to find what you enjoy about art, and lets you explore that. All you really need is passion for the subject and the motivation to complete the work.”

Hannah, previously St Edmund’s Girls’ School

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: 12 September 2016
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