Fine Art A Level at Carisbrooke College
Design is utilitarian in a way that Fine Art is not. Design is the how of a thing: how to order the parts, how to serve the client’s interests, how to convey the information. Fine Art, on the other hand, is its own end. It isn’t utilitarian. It subordinates ordinary usefulness to its own purposes. It doesn’t concern itself with description the way illustration does, nor with the desires of the buyer as does fashion, nor the tastes of the public as does style.
Component 1 is a personal investigation which allows students to develop ideas and to experiment widely refining work towards finished outcomes. It is internally assessed and externally moderated and is 60% of the qualification. Component 2 is the externally set assignment which is released to the college in February of the second year of the course. It features a theme which students research over a 3 month period, it includes 15 hours of unaided work and is 40% of the qualification.
Entry requirements into the VI Form are a minimum of 5 A*-C Grades (or equivalent Level P9 - P5 English & Mathematics) at GCSE for A levels/Level 3 courses.
A large proportion of our students continue to university to follow foundation courses in Art and then progress to degree and further education courses in a diverse range of disciplines: Fine art, multimedia, illustration, fashion design, textiles, advertising, product design and animation. This course has been chosen on the advice of Art colleges and employers because they want to see folios which contain a broad range of work and experimentation.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Carisbrooke College directly.