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A-Level Fine Art

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AQA Nicky Monk monk-n@beaconsfieldhigh.bucks.sch.uk

Why study this course?

What skills does it develop?

  • Research skills: the ability to investigate and analyse
  • Logical thinking: mastering the ability to design and structure thinking and practical tasks. Art demands organisation
  • Visual acuity: a highly developed ability to perceive subtleties in surface, colour and content
  • Conceptual thinking: the ability to develop complex ideas to a level of excellence, understanding the use of symbolism
  • Problem solving: the ability to respond when things go ‘wrong’, to come up with creative solutions and think outside the box

What careers might it lead to?

Fine Art can open doors to a range of careers both in the creative and other industries. Here are some examples: Engineer, architect, theatre designer, fashion design, illustrator, photographer, set and props maker, interior designer, Gallery curator, animator, art therapist… the list goes on.

What level of prior knowledge, attainment and skills are required?

What are the entry requirements?

You must have achieved a GCSE Grade 6 in one of the following: Graphics, Art or Textiles.

Who would it suit?

Fine Art would suit creative individuals who enjoy working within a creative environment, who are not afraid to experiment and learn new skills within a range of art materials and techniques.

What subjects might it combine with/lead to?

Fine Art combines well with a number of different subjects as creativity, imagination and problem solving skills can be utilised in other subject areas. Fine Art does work particularly well with Business Studies, Drama, Media, Psychology, Maths and Sciences.  

What does the course cover and how is it structured?

It is a practical course in which you learn by doing, so you will be able to create imaginative personal work within a range of different mediums. Year 12 is utilised as a skills building year, allowing you to develop your skills and creativity across a number of different medias, tools and processes.

How is the course assessed?

What examination modules/papers are there?

The course is split into Component 1 and Component 2, across both Year 12 & Year 13. In Component 1 you will develop work for a personal investigation into an idea, issue, concept or theme supported by written material. This will count for 60%. In Component 2 you will produce personal work in response to one of the externally set assignments which will count for 40%. You will undertake a 5 hour practical exam in Year 12 and a 15 hour practical exam in Year 13 for Component 2.

How are they weighted?

Component 1 is weighted at 60% and Component 2 is weighted at 40%

How can families help?

What family trips might be useful?

Trips to Art and Design museums would be useful to develop interest into different designers and artists.

What activities might parents encourage?

Students could research and take part in practical or creative courses that run within Bucks. There are some free artistic courses run within the area.