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Art & Design (Fine Art) - AS / A level at Suffolk One

Course description

Studying Fine Art will appeal to those of you who have an interest in creating and understanding Art and the determination to develop that interest. This course builds on your understanding of the subject and creates an awareness of Art and Design in contemporary society as well as in other times and other cultures. You will use a range of design styles and techniques and will learn to develop your skills to a professional standard.

Students should budget for trips to galleries and museums as well as the costs of the art materials needed to build a portfolio in order to gain maximum benefit from this course.

We do not recommend combining more than two Art & Design subjects at A level; those wishing to pursue full-time study in Art & Design should apply for a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art & Design instead.

Course content

The emphasis of coursework is on individual projects that promote personal interpretation and the development of individual style.

In year one (AS), students will study the relationship between ideas and Art and Design practice. There will be the opportunity to develop an understanding of the expressive nature of the formal elements of Art and Design, such as the use of line, colour and texture. Art History research is also an important part of the course.

In year two (A2), students will research, evaluate, analyse and establish links between their own practical work and the broader art world. Students will also produce a written project linked to practical final outcomes and will develop the ability to identify and resolve creative problems.

The course has been designed to ensure that not only are your practical skills and abilities developed, but also your ability to reflect on your own work and the work of others. You will produce supporting studies throughout the course, including a journal that is part sketchbook and part diary. You will be encouraged to experiment broadly and generate lots of ideas for each unit.

Entry requirements

A grade C GCSE in Art is normally required; however if this GCSE has not been taken then a portfolio of work, which demonstrates acceptable levels of skill, will be requested for consideration.


All of your creative, practical and analytical work will be assessed by your tutors and moderated externally. At the end of each year the externally set practical assignment will demonstrate all that you have learnt and achieved.

Future opportunities

This A-level gives students the potential to progress to university onto an art related degree course, through a pre-degree Foundation Diploma in Art and Design. The course could also lead to a career in teaching, fashion, gallery/museum management, architecture, interior design, graphics, film and television design, jewellery design, theatre/set design and production, TV/film art directing, or an artist or art technician.

Further information

Which subjects complement this A level?

* English

* Media

* Science (for students with an interest in architecture)

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Suffolk One directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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