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Art (Fine Art) AS/A Level at Reigate College

Course description

This is a practical Fine Art course giving students the opportunity to develop an appreciation of the visual world and to respond to it in a personal and creative way. Emphasis is placed on developing visual language skills through drawing, painting, sculpture and printmaking and much of the work is based directly on observation. Our students have an excellent record in gaining places at Art College and University, potentially leading to a career within the creative industries. There are many students who take the subject for their own interest to further develop their visual recording and analytical skills and to complement other less practical subjects.

Course content

The course covers a wide range of topics; students will learn how to:

  • develop ideas and demonstrate analytical and critical understanding
  • experiment with resources, media, techniques and processes while reviewing and refining ideas
  • record ideas and insights and learn how to reflect on work and progress
  • present a personal and meaningful final piece

Entry requirements

Students will need 5 GCSEs at Grade C or above, including GCSE Art at Grade B or above.


The exam board for Art AS/A Level is AQA.

Future opportunities

Many students go on to study at art college or university and do courses including:

  • Fine Art
  • Graphic Design, Illustration
  • Fashion Design, Theatre Design
  • 3D Design, Digital Animation and Games Design
  • Architecture and Interior Architecture
  • Interior Design
  • Fine Art Conservation
  • Advertising and Packaging

Students take up places on a variety of Art Foundation courses at institutions such as:  East Surrey College; UCA:Epsom, Farnham, Canterbury; UCL: Camberwell, London College of Fashion, or straight to degree courses.  These include: Canterbury, Chichester, Kingston, Bournemouth, Leeds, Cardiff, Falmouth, London College of Fashion and Nottingham Trent. Students who want to go straight into the workplace have been successful in securing apprenticeships and internships in creative industries.

Students may use this qualification to go on and study a broad range of non-creative courses, including degrees at Russell Group universities. 

Progression advice is given throughout students' time at College.

Further information

Art students will have the opportunity to take part in a variety of course specific trips, visits and experiences. In the last couple of years, these have included visits to:

  • Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum and the Museum of Modern Art. 
  • Exhibitions at London galleries such as: The National Gallery, National Portrait Gallery, Saatchi Gallery, Tate galleries, Royal Academy.
  • Kew Gardens
  • Turner Gallery in Margate
  • Chichester and the Pallant House Gallery
  • New York galleries such as: Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), Metropolitan Museum of Art, Guggenheim, New Whitney

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 25 July 2016
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