Fine Art

COURSE TITLE: Fine art A level

EXAM BOARD AND SPECIFICATION NO. AQA

WHY IS THIS SUBJECT IMPORTANT, VALUABLE AND ENGAGING?

The Fine Art course at A Level provides students with the opportunity to learn and develop a range of skills in relation to drawing, painting, sculpture and mixed media. This is taught initially through a six week induction period at the beginning of the AS year, and then through personal responses to unit themes and externally set assignments provided by the exam board.

Students produce a body of work for all units, following the art process from initial research and starting points, through development and experimentation towards a final response in the form of a finished piece. Alongside their development work, students research a range of relevant artists to gain inspiration for their own creative ideas and themes. During the summer term students' outstanding achievements are celebrated in an exhibition of work as part of the final show.

The Fine Art programme provides students with the opportunity to express themselves imaginatively and creatively using a range of media. It is a demanding course but very enjoyable and rewarding.

WHAT WILL I LEARN ON THIS COURSE?

Students will explore a variety of areas including:

  • drawing and painting 
  • mixed-media, including collage and assemblage
  • sculpture
  • ceramics
  • installation 
  • printmaking (relief, intaglio, screen processes and lithography)
  • moving image and photography.
  • appreciation of different ways of working, such as, using underpainting, glazing, wash and impasto; modelling, carving, casting, constructing, assembling and welding; etching, engraving, drypoint, mono printing, lino printing, screen printing, photo silkscreen and lithography
  • understanding of pictorial space, composition, rhythm, scale and structure
  • appreciation of colour, line, tone, texture, shape and form.

WHAT KEY SKILLS WILL I DEVELOP?

You produce a significant body of work that reflects your individual creativity, skills, interests and approach. If you wish to pursue further study in art and design, you will be given support while you compile a personal portfolio of creative art work that may be taken to interview for an art foundation diploma course, or for direct entry to higher education.

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED? (DETAILS OF EXAMINATIONS/COURSEWORK)

In each year there are two units, a coursework unit and an externally set assignment (exam). Students are provided with regular feedback throughout the units, with detailed feedback at the end of each unit in relation to assessment objectives outlined by the exam board. It is important that students reflect on the feedback provided in order to improve their existing and future work and fulfil their potential.

WHAT COULD THIS COURSE LEAD TO?

This course would suit learners looking to progress into working within a business, starting their own business or attending university for a range of subjects. The course fosters an attitude to work that would benefit any learner looking to progress into almost any avenue post-18. The opportunity to develop and implement business ideas is particularly useful for learners who have a desire to be entrepreneurs.

WHY IS THIS SUBJECT IMPORTANT, VALUABLE AND ENGAGING?

You will be given a summer project designed to be used at the start of the academic programme. Tutors will advise that you will require a range of basic art equipment and materials. Further advice about equipment and materials will be provided during the course. You will be required to attend an interview, STUDENTS SHOULD BE ABLE TO SHOW EXAMPLES OF SOME PREVIOUS ART/DESIGN WORK TO DEMONSTRATE YOUR INTEREST AND POTENTIAL.

WHO DO I CONTACT IF I HAVE ANY FURTHER QUESTIONS?

admissions@thebathstudioschool.org.uk