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Art A Level - Contemporary Fine Art: Inc Printmaking & New Media at Hinchingbrooke School Academy

Course description

Why Study Art?

  • If your intention is to follow a career involving art and design or in one of the creative industries, such as: architecture, graphic design, computer aided design, product design, textile design, surface design, work in aspects of film and TV, photography, illustration, etc.
  • As a worthwhile experience for students wishing to use it as part of their entry requirements into other subject areas.
  • To study as a subject that may be either a positive contrast or complement to your other chosen subjects.
  • Because you will build up your technical, analytical, investigative and exploration skills, using a variety of materials and media. The course is designed to encourage learners to develop skills, creativity, imagination and independence based on personal experience, taught skills and critical understanding. Learners will show this through their responses to a range of stimuli.
  • It provides an opportunity for learners to take a personal interest in why Art and Design matters and to be inspired and changed by studying a coherent, worthwhile course of study and gain experience of the working practices of individuals, organisations and creative and cultural industries, and provides freedom for learners to experiment and take risks with their work whilst developing their own style.

Course content

Contemporary Fine Art: Including Printmaking

Students will work in areas such as: portraiture, landscape, still life, human form, abstraction, narrative, experimental imagery, installation, working in a genre. Materials and techniques could include: Mark making, mixed-media, ceramics, painting, collage, lino printing, etching, collograph, intaglio, digital manipulation, installation, sculpture, batik, felt making, textiles work

Trips & Additional Activities

There are trips out to relevant galleries and exhibitions in London throughout the course, such as the Tate Modern, the Design Museum, the V&A and the Whitechapel Gallery.

There is a foreign trip in May of Year 12 and residential UK trip at the beginning of Year 13.

University and Degree Show trips are also organised; including to our partner the University of Creative Arts.

Lectures by department staff and guest visitors are organised throughout the course, and portfolio sessions and workshops are run in Year 13.

Creative work experience placements are facilitated.

Entry requirements

Five 4s. Minimum of a 4 at GCSE Art. This course cannot be taken with Fine Art but can be taken with Photography.


Exam board: AQA.

Component 1 – Personal Investigation (60% of the final grade):  

(i)  a portfolio of practical work in response to a brief or stimulus, devised and provided by the centre

(ii) a related study: an extended response of between 1000 and 3000 words.         

Component 2 – Externally Set Task (40% of the final grade) 12 week prep period and 15 hour exam

Future opportunities

Leading To A Career/ Further Courses In?

Textile Design, Fashion Design, Fashion Communication, Surface Design, Sculptor, Product Design, 3D Design, Interior Design, Fine Art, Art Historian, Graphic Design, Computer Game Design, Photography, Illustration, Animation, Digital Design.

Further information

For more information contact the Head of Department: Mrs A Lombard ( or 01480 375700 ext 5768)

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 02 November 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years
  • Course code: Ac