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Fine Art A Level at St John Fisher Catholic High School

Course description

This Fine Art course engages students in practical studio work, which is informed by relevant contextual study.   Fine Art promotes an experimental approach using a wide range of media including, painting, print, mixed media and digital imagery.  Observational drawing underpins all Fine Art practice and is seen as an essential requirement for the course. 

You are encouraged to further your artistic interests, understanding and skills whilst developing a personal creative response within the supportive environment of the art studios.  The appreciation and study of art is integral to the course and this culminates in the second year with an illustrated written study of between 1,000 and 3,000 words. 

Course content

Throughout the course you will be encouraged to build upon both traditional and contemporary methods of working.  You are instructed to develop personal responses to a variety of themes exploring, for example, culture, self, relationships and artistic styles.  Throughout the course emphasis is placed upon line, tone, colour, texture, shape, form and space.  You may work with a variety of media, such as paints, pastels, pencils, pen and ink, water-colours, fabric, print and digital and are encouraged to develop a multi-media approach.  You can select one approach or combine techniques as you progress.

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirement for sixth form is 5 A*-C GCSEs, including English and usually Maths.  Further information is available in our school prospectus.  This is available on our website:

Specific entry requirement for this subject - an extensive and high quality portfolio of work or C grade or above in GCSE Art or Textiles


All coursework is internally assessed by subject tutors and then externally verified by an exam board moderator. You will produce a portfolio of work for AS which will be worth 60% of your AS grade and you will sit an external exam which is worth 40%. The same weighting is used for A2.

Future opportunities

AS and A2 Fine Art opens many doors and can be fundamental in creating pathways for a whole array of university courses, from careers in restoration, art history, textiles, graphics/illustration, set design, interior design, 3D design, advertising, as well as careers in animation and web design, architecture, art therapy, product design and teaching.

Further information

The major requirement for AS/A2 Fine Art courses is the need to be creative, original and flexible and a strong independent work ethic. These courses offer exploration and experimentation with a wide range of materials and processes that encourage and nurture the creative process.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St John Fisher Catholic High School directly.

Last updated date: 27 November 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years