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Fine Art A Level at Wyedean School and Sixth Form Centre

Course description

On our highly practical Fine Art course you will be encouraged to push the limits of your creativity, to experiment and try new materials, whilst learning to think critically and reflect on your work and the work of others.

You will have the choice of working across a wide range of media that includes drawing, painting, sculpture and printmaking.

Many students who opt to take Fine Art often use it as a springboard to pursue an art-based subject at Art College or University. Above all, it is paramount that you have an interest in and aptitude for the subject.

Course content

The main purpose of any course in art, craft and design is to develop your ability to appreciate the visual world, responding in a personal and creative way. You will do this more independently than you would have experienced at GCSE.

The skills you will develop will be varied. Among them, you will develop a working knowledge of materials, practices and technology within art.

You will develop the skills to interpret and convey your ideas and feelings using art, craft and design.

You will build on your imaginative and creative powers and your experimental, analytical and documenting skills.

You will also develop a specialist vocabulary and the knowledge and understanding of the place of art, craft and design in history and in contemporary society.

Entry requirements

The best foundation for success in A Level Art is a good grade at GCSE. A grade ‘C’ and above is acceptable, however a grade ’B’ or above is preferable.

You should have a good understanding of the basic elements of art – colour, tone, form etc. If you have an aptitude for subject, if you are creative or ‘good at drawing’, you may have the basic skills to succeed.

However, A Level Art is not an easy option and you should be prepared to work hard at developing your abilities both inside and away from the classroom. Above all, you should have an interest in creating and understanding art and the determination and enthusiasm to develop that interest.


Year 12

  • Component 1: Portfolio of Work 60%
  • Component 2: Internally Set Assignment (10 hour supervised exam after adequate preparatory period) 40%

Year 13

  • Component 1: Personal Investigation Essay element (1000-3000 words included) 60%
  • Componenet 2: Externally Set Assignment 15 hours supervised exam time after adequate preparatory period) 40%

Future opportunities

There are many careers in art, craft and design.

However, most of these require further study at an art school, further education college or university.

Examples of career paths to name but a few are: advertising, publishing, animation, fashion, architecture, museums & galleries, theatre and illustration.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Wyedean School and Sixth Form Centre directly.

Last updated date: 31 May 2016

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