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Fine Art - Art and Design AS/A Level at Exeter College

Course description

You will learn how to explore and express your ideas visually, verbally and in written form. Sketchbooks are used extensively to record research and the development of your ideas throughout projects. An experimental approach to the use of media, materials and ideas is encouraged.

Most of the work is practical and studio/workshop based. There may also be whole class discussions and lectures on the more theoretical aspects of the course. Your lecturer(s) will work closely with you and you will be encouraged, as the course progresses, to develop your own individual interests.

Course content

Drawing, painting, printmaking and three-dimensional work are the main areas of study in Fine Art. Theme based projects and assignments are set within which you can develop your practical skills and creative thinking. A typical project will include drawing, the use of a range of mediums and the conceptual expansion of ideas.

Researching and referring to the work of other artists is an important element of the course. You will be given guidance in the study of relevant artists and movements.

The development of your own work requires you to analyse and evaluate your research, practical studies and final outcomes. The emphasis is very much on enabling you to express and refine your own individual response to a theme, through increasingly personal and independent work. You will be required to produce two substantial units of work: a portfolio of coursework, and another which incorporates an externally set assignment, for each level of the qualification, AS and A Level.

Entry requirements

You need five GCSEs at grade C or above (including English language and maths), and three GCSEs at grade D or above and GCSE grade B or above in art or a related subject, such as textiles.


Your work will be assessed informally throughout the course. A final grade is determined by an externally moderated, end of course assessment of the portfolio unit, and the Externally Set Assignment unit for each of the two levels. A high level of motivation is required for the exploration of your chosen theme, development of your skill level within your individual journey.

Future opportunities

You could progress onto a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design and then onto a Fine Art Foundation Degree here at Exeter College. Fine Art A Level is an excellent preparation for Further and Higher Education courses in all Art and Design disciplines. It is also a valid entry qualification, when combined with other relevant subjects, for academic courses in Higher Education. A Fine Art A Level qualification is accepted by leading universities. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Exeter College directly.

Last updated date: 26 January 2016
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