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Art & Design A Level Fine Art at East Sussex College

Course description

Fine Art makes a difference to how we see the world. We look at art to understand how people have lived in other cultures and at other times. We also use Fine Art to explain to ourselves what is new and different in the world now. Studying Fine Art at Lewes will make all the difference to you. You will find out what you can achieve and what you think through making art. You will start by exploring techniques within drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture. We will show you We show you traditional and up-to-date skills, so you can work with knowledge and confidence. You need to know how different media, techniques and processes can be made to work together to achieve the effects you want to make. We help you see how artists have created new visions through their skills with practical work. The best start for experimentation, comes from knowledge driven through confidence. You will gain confidence from the success you get with your work. Your practical work will show what you can do with what you have learned. Each piece will be a step forward. We teach you the skills that you can apply to your original work so you can go on to achieve success. We take you through the whole project process. Planning your work from first ideas and research, through experimentation and development, and on to highly achieved final pieces. On the way, sketchbooks record your thoughts and development. You apply what you learn from looking at art and using techniques in new ways. Your work comes from what you do and what you bring to the course.

Entry requirements

You will need to meet our standard entry requirements.

You will need at least GCSE English Language grade C/4 and an art related subject grade C/4.


You will be set regular assignments and projects that will create identified assessment points. These will feed into your progress profile which drives the College Report process and compares you to your Target Minimum Grade which is based on your prior achievements at GCSE level. It also enables us to effectively measure your development and make estimated grade predictions.This continuous assessment then directs our guidance and support ensuring that your individual learning programme meets your needs.

Future opportunities

After completing your A Level course you may seek employment or an apprenticeship. Or you may decide to continue in Higher Education.The traditional route within the Visual Arts is to go on to a specialist 2 year Foundation Degree or 3 year Bachelor of Arts Degree, or a 1 year Art Foundation Course.

Further information

As a Fine Art Student you will be encouraged to visit exhibitions locally, we will also organise some trips to London to visit specific exhibitions.
As a Visual Arts student you will be eligible to take part in the International Study trips that we organise each year, recent destinations have included Berlin, Hong Kong, Madrid and Chicago.
As a practical and creative A Level subject we would expect you to undertake about 5 hours of home or studio study per week in addition to your classes.
You will be encouraged to participate in local and national competitions and exhibitions such as the Student Saatchi Award, the Royal Academy Summer Student online Exhibition, the pan-Sussex Farley's Yard Art Award and exhibitions at the Hop Gallery, Lewes, The Depot, Lewes and at Southern Rail stations such as Haywards Heath, Lewes and Eastbourne.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 30 January 2019
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years
  • Course code: 5880/021
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