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Art and Design: Fine Art at Chislehurst School for Girls

Course description

A-Level Fine Art is an exciting course which will help you to develop current and new skills in a wide range of media. The course combines traditional and contemporary approaches to drawing, painting, printing, mixed media and sculpture. Students are encouraged to experiment with both visual and conceptual ideas; whilst focusing on a personal line of enquiry. You will explore various contextual references including the work of artists, craftspeople and designers to help inspire ideas; developing this into a final outcome. You will also be encouraged to visit museums, galleries and other locations to gather first hand evidence of research.

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Component 1: Personal Investigation & Related Study

You will be given a starting point/ theme from which you will develop a body of work over a two year period. You will be required to take an approach which is personal and shows experimentation, application of your understanding, development of concepts and ideas and evidence of a high level of skill. This will be realised through sketchbook work, large scale studies, design sheets and a final outcome. This work will be supported by a piece of written work related to your investigations (no less than 1000 words).


Component 2: Externally Set Task

You will respond to one starting point from the exam paper; developing your skills and knowledge through a wide range of experimental techniques and processes; whilst using contextual references as inspiration for further ideas. A supervised time of fifteen hours will be given to producing a final outcome which brings together your ideas and references your sketchbook work.

Entry requirements

A GCSE Grade A*-B in Art and Design/ Art Textiles. We will occasionally consider applications from students who have a portfolio of work which supports the level of skill required at A-Level standard.


Component 1: Personal Investigation & Related Study

(60% of total A-Level) – 120 marks


Component 2: Externally Set Task

(40% of total A-Level) – 80 marks  

Future opportunities

Most students who wish to study Art at university go on to complete the one-year Foundation Diploma in Art & Design to build a strong portfolio. The school has an excellent record of gaining places at Ravensbourne College, Camberwell College, London College of Fashion and Central St. Martins. The creative industries represent the third largest employer in London, so a qualification in Art and Design can lead to many interesting and lucrative occupations.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 08 May 2015
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