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Fine Art A Level at Carmel College

Course description

The broadest of all the individual specialisms, Fine Art covers a wide variety of media and techniques. These include traditional drawing, painting and sculpture alongside the more contemporary illustration art, animation, film, photography, printmaking, performance and digital imagery.

All students participate in practical and theoretical workshops and are encouraged to experiment with a wide range of media in order to express their ideas. All practical work is underpinned by contextual sources and students are encouraged to visit galleries to engage with artwork first hand.

Entry requirements

You will need Art and Design GCSE grade C or a Technology GCSE grade C including Resistant Materials, Product Design, Graphic Products, Textiles or equivalent.


At Advanced Level you will be introduced to a variety of experiences that employ a range of traditional and new media processes and techniques appropriate to your level of study.

Component 1: Personal investigation (60%) A practical investigation, supported by written material, into an idea, issue, concept or theme leading to a finished outcome or related outcomes.

Component 2: Externally set assignment (40%).

A choice of eight questions to be used as starting points with one being selected. Supported by preparatory work presented in sketch books, journals, models, mounted sheets along with 15 hours of examination time.

Future opportunities

What will the course prepare me for?

Students develop a wide range of transferable skills through studying Fine Art which are sought by employers and universities. Some of these skills include creativity, problem solving, organisation and communication skills.

Many of our students progress onto the UAL Art Foundation Diploma and then access Higher Education. This year students have gained prestigious university places at Goldsmiths, Central St. Martin’s, Falmouth, Edinburgh University and others. Students have gained places on courses such as Illustration, Animation, Fine Art, Interactive Arts and Architecture.

Further information

What is the Art & Design department like?

The department is certainly busy and has a lively atmosphere, which we believe to be conducive to learning. Students who have been interviewed, without exception, comment on the supportive, friendly nature of the tutors and the progress, satisfaction, enjoyment they have experienced in the department. The tutors are committed to providing the highest quality teaching and learning possible.

All art subjects are housed in the two-storey Centre for Art and Design offering superbly equipped studios and the latest technology. Computer facilities are available in separate suites. All computers are equipped with Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and Premiere. There is a dark room, kiln room, dye room, sewing room, and workshop. There are ten specialist art tutors and three technicians in the department.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Carmel College directly.

Last updated date: 05 September 2016

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