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Art and Design: Fine Art A Level at Highfields School

Course description

An enjoyable subject in which you will develop your personal responses to ideas, observations, experiences, environments and cultures in practical forms, the course allows you to develop and expand on the skills you have gained in GCSE. You will be expected to work, independently and develop your own themes and ideas. The course will be suitable for anyone with an interest in creative work.

The staff in the Art department have a number of years experience teaching all aspects of art, craft and design disciplines. The Art department is fully equipped with a wide range of materials and resources, which allows our students to develop a broad range of art skills using a variety of techniques and media.

Course content

You will be introduced to a variety of art media,techniques and processes and be made aware of both traditional and new technologies. For example media used is pencil, biro, crayon, pastel, oil pastel, printing, ink and a variety of paints i.e. watercolour, poster, gouache and acrylic. You will explore drawing using a variety of methods and media on a variety of scales, using sketchbooks & journals. You will be able to develop ideas into a final piece.

Entry requirements

Students should have achieved a grade ‘B’ at GCSE or equivalent in Art or Textiles. However, if students wish to complete the course but don’t have the minimum requirements they should arrange an interview with the Curriculum Leader.


During the course at AS you will be expected to complete 2 units, each contributing towards 50% of your final AS grade. Unit 1 requires you to complete a 'coursework portfolio'. The portfolio will include at least one extended coursework project; the theme of this will be decided by yourself with help from your teacher. Unit 1 will also allow you to include 'one off' tasks which aren't directly linked with your extended project. In Unit 2 you will need to develop a project from a list of themes set externally by the exam board. The AS in Fine Art will contribute towards 50% of your A2 grade should you choose to continue with the course.

If you continue to A2 you will be expected to complete 2 units, each contributing towards 25% of you final A2 grade. Unit 3 requires you to complete a 'Personal Investigation'. Although this is a practical project you will be required to complete a written element of between 1000 and 3000 words. In Unit 4 you will need to develop a project from a list of themes set externally by the exam board.

Future opportunities

The Creative Industries are vibrant and exciting to work in and offer a wide range of job opportunities. From independent artists to designers working in a wide range of industries, retail companies, the design industries, they all need their artists/designers to ahve the right mix of creative and technical skills.

Art and Design: Fine Art is the basis of all other 'Art disciplines', just like English is the basic skill for all other academic subjects. SOme examples would be progression through Art foundation and university degree and employment in a range of design careers, for instance: Design consultant, Cartoonist/Animator, Graphic designer, Theater design, Teacher/Lecturer, Photographer, Textiles/Fashion designer, Architect.

Further information

We pride ourselve in consistently achieving students target grades and in many cases aboce target grade. The work produced receives the highest commendation frmo the wider community when on display.

A Level Fine Art combines well with Music, Tectiles, Drama, Product Design, Media Studies, ICT Courses, ENglish, Business Studies.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 22 July 2015
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Key information

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