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Art and Design (Fine Art) A Level at Finham Park School

Course description

You will engage in creating ideas for physical and/or conceptual design outcomes that are personal and original. You will be guided through the course, but you will have a great sense of independence when you shape and develop your visual portfolio. You will be able to express your own ideas, and/or emotions in many forms using many combinations of process, material, technique and media.

Course content

Course content: 60% CWK 40% Exam.
Component 1:
Coursework expectations and specs – You will complete a Personal Investigation,
incorporating three major elements:

• Supporting studies – developmental work outcomes generating ideas for practical work and persona l study work. (A2 flip file based folder)
• Practical work – development work and final outcomes (Flip file, mount board presentations and final pieces)
• Personal study – (minimum 1000 words). (To be presented and submitted in an A3 size folder continuous prose illustrated essay)

Your coursework themes will be delivered through the umbrella title 'View Points'. The development of your personal themes will be negotiated with your teacher. In support of your personal investigation, you will develop an essay, which is designed to develop your contextual understanding of art, artists, designers, architects or crafts persons
from different times and cultures. This personal study will be designed by you and negotiated with your teacher. It must be personalised and must have historical and contemporary references and connections.

Component 2: – (ESA) – weighting 40% of the total course marks. The A Level Exam is an externally set assignment and this component is organised in two parts:

The exam prep period – this will run over 10 weeks from end of January 2020 to May 2020. This will be presented in an A2 size flip file.

Sustained Focus - In May 2020, at the end of the prep period, you will sit a 15 hour sustained focus (ESA externally set controlled test) over 3 days. You will present your work in an A2 size folder and you will be expected to produce 14-16 or more sides of work by responding to starting points and themes taken from the exam paper delivered by EDEXCEL exam board.

Entry requirements

GCSE 5 grades 9-4 and you will need a 5 or more in GCSE Fine Art, or unendorsed art and design.


The A’ Level exam component weighting totals 40% of the marks for the course. The exam prep period will run from January 2020 to May 2020. Students will then sit a 15 hour sustained focus controlled test early in May 2020.

Future opportunities

You will develop skills of critical analysis and interpretation of your own and others' work. You will develop confidence in your oral communication skills relating to concepts in art. You will broaden your artistic vocabulary and you will develop an ability to use a wide range of specialist terms in context. You will develop skills of research and contextual analysis of art. You will learn to combine multi-media processes, and learn specialist
traditional techniques of oil-based canvas painting, mono and block printing, modelling 2D or 3D ideas, drawing and drafting visual outcomes and photography and mixed media.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Finham Park School directly.

Last updated date: 16 November 2017
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