AQA AS and A Level Fine Art

ArtAS/ A Level Fine Art is an exciting course which celebrates and challenges creativity, imagination, independence and art itself. Students choosing Fine Art as an option in Year 12 must be committed to the subject and enjoy the process of working as an artist themselves. The course allows students to develop their artistic skills whilst specialising in areas and materials that are of interest to each individual.

The course culminates in an exhibition, which remains a focus throughout the two years of study.

The course acts as a stepping stone to an Art foundation course or a degree. Previous A Level Art students have successful careers in the fields of architecture, teaching, medicine, textile and fashion design, and engineering, utilising the skills learnt from their art education. Additional specific careers applying Art A Level range from window dressing, interior, web or graphic designer, animator, costume designer, illustrator, art therapist and photographer.

Students use, select and specialise in the following choice of media, Drawing, Painting, Mixed Media, Sculpture, Photography, Film, Animation and Printmaking.

Students are encouraged to visit galleries and museums as well as locally established art events to enhance their practice and learning. Previously organised trips have included local visits to the Baltic in addition to trips to Edinburgh and London.

Students are expected to work very independently during this course and, in addition to the five timetabled hours, there is an expectation that students will develop their work independently and in depth. To help students with this, they are allocated their own studio space in which to work throughout the course during contact and non-contact time.

Qualification equivalence: AS/A Level
Course contact: Mrs Hall
Assessment: Coursework and examination
Additional entry requirements: Grade C in GCSE Art
Suggested combinations: English, History
Link: www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/art-and-design/as-and-a-level/art-and-design