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Art and Design A Level at Philip Morant School and College

Course description

The A Level is a two year course which consists of three units of work:

  • Fine Art Personal Portfolio
  • Critical Study
  • Externally set assignment

Course content

Fine art is a creative and practical subject that offers students the opportunity to explore, create, experiment and develop a personal portfolio that reflects not only excellent art and design skills but also advanced visual language techniques.

Students will learn to contextualize the art and see it in a wider context of social, political, technological and, above all, artistic contexts. This will further their design skills and enable students to underpin their knowledge and achieve higher attainment levels.

Fine art has basic foundation skills of drawing. This is a key component and allows students to record what they see, explore ideas and communicate their personal intentions. We encourage a wide response to fine art and students will have a mixed
portfolio of drawing, printing, painting, collage, assemblage and sculpture.

They will then have an opportunity to follow a personal line of enquiry to an end exhibition. We expect students to become independent learners, and work in the studios with confidence and creativity.

Complementary Subjects

Fine art can run alongside subjects, such as Photography, Media Studies or other creative subjects. Equally students from other disciplines may well enjoy the opportunity to explore and develop a different set of skills.

Entry requirements

Students should have a grade 5 (or grade B) or above in GCSE Art or a personal portfolio of work to demonstrate interests, aesthetics and technical skills.


Specification: Eduqas: A651QS

Unit 1: Fine Art Portfolio and Critical Study (60% of A Level)

Unit 2: Externally set assignment (40% of A Level)

Future opportunities

Fine art students may choose to progress onto Art Foundation courses and degrees in subjects such as:

  • Fine Art
  • Art and Design
  • Photography
  • Architecture
  • Design
  • Teaching
  • Film
  • Animation

or directly into employment in these areas

Further information

We have three multipurpose design rooms and excellent fine art materials and equipment. We also have a fantastic new darkroom and studio, photographic enlargers and chemicals, state of the art studio lighting equipment, as well as an amazing range of brand new cameras and lenses, which are available on loan from the department. It is an advantage to have your own camera, but it is not a course requirement.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Philip Morant School and College directly.

Last updated date: 14 November 2017

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