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Fine Art A Level at Rainhill High School

Course description

In order to be successful in Fine Art/Fine Art Textiles, you need to have a genuine passion for the subject. Although this course demands your time and commitment, we believe you will find the challenges rewarding and fulfilling. This subject provides the ideal platform for any student wishing to pursue the extensive career opportunities in the art and design or creative and visual arts field. It will also appeal to those students who have been successful at GCSE and wish to maintain a creative balance within their studies at A-Level. Unlike any other centre we focus on your strengths as an individual and allow you to explore your own creativity. Unit 1 and 3 are personal to you and enable you to find your own artistic style.

If you have the skills to visually analyse art discussing the form, process content and mood, identify key features by looking at the work of both past and present art and want to explore a range of different thematic avenues, depending upon personal response to a specified starting point, then this qualification is for you. You can also utilise the latest technology, including digital photography and professional software packages such as Adobe Photoshop.

Course content

Year 12

Workshops and experimental portfolio - still life or figure unit of works to explore.
Understand the key concepts of a wide range of techniques. Understand theoretical facts relating to pieces of art.

Year 13

Extended personal project -decide your own theme based on personal preference. This decision is based on strengths from AS/Artists you have found interesting.
Within this unit 1,000 - 3,000 words of theoretical investigation into the works of other artists.

Entry requirements

Minimum grade C (but preferably a B grade) or equivalent from specific subject area or related subject area:

• Fine Art
• Art Textiles
• Photography
• Art Graphics


Year 12
Unit 1-  Coursework (60% of the AS).
Unit 2 - Externally set exam paper (40% of the AS) - 8 weeks preparation (max) 10 hour exam.

Year 13
Unit 3 – Coursework Extended Personal Project This unit Is now marked as a standalone piece of work. (60%).
Unit 4 - Externally set exam paper - 8 weeks preparation (40%) 15 hour exam.

Future opportunities

You could work within many creative industry disciplines, such as:
Advertising; Animation; Archaeology; Architecture; Teaching; Art Therapy; Stylist; Concept Designer; Creative Director; Ceramic Design; Sculpture; Graphics; Bookbinding; Conservation; Textile or Fashion Design; Art Technician; Display or Interior Design; Visual Merchandising; Curator and Industrial Design.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Rainhill High School directly.

Last updated date: 06 March 2017

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