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Fine Art AS & A Level at St Brendan's Sixth Form College

Course description

The specification studied is the AQA Fine Art.  It may be taken alongside Photography, Textile Design, History of Art, Graphic Communication.

All students study a core curriculum covering; drawing, mixed media and painting, skills and theory: line, tone, texture, colour etc., working from primary sources.  You then have the opportunity to study sculpture or painting or printmaking as appropriate.

During the second year students will have the opportunity to specialise in one or more of these areas.

Course content

Over the course of the first year students will develop the study skills required of an Advanced Level student of Fine Art.

Students will be taken on a journey of exploration and skills development with regular assessments via group crits, 1-1 reviews and assessment of your research.

The year culminates in a mock exam (whereby you will be provided with a brief and expected to prepare for a ten hour exam) providing students with excellent practice ahead of their second year.

In the second year, students will hone in on particular areas of strength and interest and this will largely dictate their personal investigation (a significant piece of work that will be worked on from September-January).

In February, the assessment focus moves to the exam paper and students are provided with a period of time to approach and prepare for the exam brief, culminating in a fifteen hour exam at the end of the year. 

  • Unit One: Personal Investigation
    60% of full A Level
  • Unit Two: Controlled Assignment
    40% of A Level

Entry requirements

  • A minimum of 5 GCSE’s at Grades A*-C or at point 4-9 (including English Language). Level 2 vocational qualifications (e.g. BTEC/OCR) must be a merit grade or above and will count as 1 GCSE equivalent.
  • GCSE Art at grade c/ point 4 or above is required.
  • You will be asked to do a small assignment before starting the course. This must be completed before enrollment. Plenty of advice will be given and no specialist equipment is necessary.

Financial information

The cost of all trips will be the responsibility of the student. A studio fee is required for all art courses.  There is also a 3 week life drawing block in term 2 for which a £15 fee is applicable.  There is a fee of £48 for which students receive a comprehensive studio kit with all the materials they will need for the year.  Financial assistance is available if required.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Brendan's Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 24 October 2016

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