Art: Fine Art - A Level at Backwell School
This course introduces you to a variety of experiences that explore a range of fine art media, processes and techniques, including drawing, painting, printing, clay and 3D. Drawing is an important part of the course and we start with a project that will give you the confidence to record and explore portraiture, still life and abstract compositions using a range of drawing media and materials. Later on you will be able to choose the direction and theme you want to take your work in, both contextually and through the choice of media. Your teachers will guide you with finding the right direction for your work and how to use your strengths and interests. The course is structured to support the understanding of the four Assessment Objectives, whilst giving you the freedom to experiment with ideas in depth. You will be expected to use four hours of time out of lessons a week to develop work and complete projects to meet deadlines.
Those who have taken Art and Design at GCSE will normally have achieved a B grade or higher, although we will accept you with a C grade if you show good motivation in this subject. Good drawing skills are essential. If you have not taken Art and Design GCSE you will be expected to show work of the expected level before coming to the induction session and starting the course.
Students who have done Fine Art frequently go on to degree courses via an Art Foundation course and have ended up pursuing careers in Painting, Architecture, Art Therapy, Teaching, Theatre Design, Film and Media work, Sculpture, Graphic Design, Arts Administration and Gallery work. Some go directly on to degree courses in subjects like those above, but also Art History and combined courses.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Backwell School directly.