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Art and Design - Fine Art A level at Richard Challoner School

Course description

Why study Art and Design?

Art and Design helps to develop creativity, imagination, knowledge and practical skills. The skill set developed within the subject is extremely desirable in a wide range of careers and many employers look for those who can solve problems in a creative and original way. Students are encouraged to be reflective, work independently, be organised and self-motivated throughout the course. Studying Art and Design is also extremely important if pupils desire to work in the creative sector in jobs such as advertising, architecture, illustration, film, photography and all aspects of design.

What is Fine Art?

Fine Art is work produced as an outcome of the students’ personal experience, rather than being created exclusively for a practical function or a tightly prescribed brief. Students learn to use a wide range of materials and techniques including painting and drawing, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, textiles and alternative media (non-traditional methods such as mixed media, installation, site specific work, assemblage and digital media). Students also develop their cultural and critical understanding of art while studying a wide range of artists and designers. Many extra-curricular activities happen throughout the course including exhibition and gallery visits, life drawing, portfolio workshops, visiting artists, studio sessions and the end of year summer exhibition.

Entry requirements

GCSE Grade 6 or above in Art and Design or a Merit in BTEC Art, and a Grade 4 in English Language.

An Art L2 qualification is recommended but is not strictly necessary. A student would need to gain approval from the Subject Leader


Component 1: Personal Investigation 60%

Students produce a body of work and final realisation developed from a starting point. Within the component, students will explore a wide range of media and artists, developing skill and understanding as work progresses. There is also a personal study that needs to be completed in which students explain their interest in other artists and their developing work (1000-3000 word essay).

Component 2: Externally Set Assignment (40%)

Students receive an externally set theme and have a period of 8 -12 weeks to go through the creative process, researching artists and exploring media before they produce a final realisation under controlled conditions. This takes the form of a 15 hour timed realisation where the work that has been planned is completed under supervised conditions.


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Richard Challoner School directly.

Last updated date: 27 October 2017
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