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Fine Art at Runshaw College

Course description

Why should I come to Runshaw to study Fine Art?

The Fine Art course will see you working in a range of media, exploring painting, drawing and print-making; the work of artists; and mixed media, collage and sculptural forms.

You will be taught in fantastic, purpose built studios including painting studios, 3D workshops, a print-making studio, and dedicated art study room. Our students also benefit from their own art shop on-site, allowing access to a wide range of materials and products, whilst enrichment activities include trips to London, Manchester and Liverpool, as well as local exhibitions.

As part of the course, students may also have the opportunity to work with a visiting artist, exploring a specialist technique and media. This work will be assessed as part of the coursework unit and aids students to develop a broad range of practical skills.

The pass rate for 2018 on this course was 100%, with 83% of students achieving A*-B grades.

What will I study?

You will be taught a wide range of techniques, encompassing in part oil and acrylic painting, mono printing, etching, screen printing, large experimental drawing and large scale paintings on canvas, wood and metal. Your work may take the form of journals, notebooks, worksheets, large scale rough studies, with final small and large scale outcomes.

Specifically, this will be through:

  • Critical and Contextual Studies: written and visual analysis of art history, artists, designers and visual sources.
  • Drawing and Recording: drawing from direct observation will be expected throughout the course and students will also be required to visit and collect sources to draw and photograph as part of all their work.

Entry requirements

For access to our A Level Programme, our entry requirements are 5 x Grade 5 equivalent (5 x Grade 5 or B) in a range of separate subjects.

For Fine Art specifically, this should include a Grade 5 in GCSE Art & Design, however if this has not been taken, a task is available.


How is the course assessed?

The course is assessed by both coursework worth 60%, and an externally set examination worth 40%.

Financial information

No course fees are applicable for 16-18 year old learners who meet funding regulations.

Future opportunities

What will this course prepare me for?

This A Level gives students the potential to progress to university onto an art-related degree course, or a pre-degree Foundation Diploma in Art and Design. The course could also lead to a career in teaching, fashion, gallery/ museum management, architecture, interior design, graphics, film and television design, jewellery design, theatre and set design and production, TV and film, art directing or as an artist or art technician.

Where are you going?

  • Architect
  • Artist
  • Art Director
  • Illustrator
  • Museum/Gallery Curator

Further information

Which subjects complement this A Level?

  • 3D Design
  • Humanities
  • Media
  • Science (for students with an interest in architecture)

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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: 21 September 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Course code: LAFINEA

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