What's On The Course?
The course places a strong emphasis on learning how other artists create images.AS Units:
- Unit 1: How to develop your work and ideas through the use of new materials and processes. How to work with a given theme to create a personal body of work influenced by the chosen artist.
- Unit 2: Practical exam externally set by AQA. This involves working from a chosen theme to develop a body of research, experimental developments and outcomes. these should demonstrate your media experiments and the influence different artists had in your work. It also includes a 5 hour practical supervised control piece.
Why study Art and Design?
- Unit 3: How to work with a given theme to create a personal body of work, influenced by your chosen artist. How to experiment with such methods as: paint techniques, collage, collograph, computer image manipulation and photography. How to mount your work to create a professional body of work.
- Unit 4: Practical exam externally set by AQA including a 15 hour practical supervised final outcome.
Do you enjoy working with different media and materials or have you always wanted to?
Do you want to experiment with colour, texture and drawing and painting techniques?
Do you want to make work that surprises you?
Then this is the course for you. You will gain knowledge, skills and enjoyment in the following:
What else can you do on the course?
- The basic elements that artists and designers use such as: line, tone, colour and texture.
- How to improve your skills in observation, drawing, painting, printing, image manipulation and digital photography.
- How to develop your work from initial ideas through to final outcomes.
- How to mount your work to make it look professional.
You will have the opportunity to travel to see exhibitions in London, Liverpool and Madrid and will have the opportunity to exhibit your work in the End of Year Exhibition. You'll also have the chance to be taught by practising artists. What the students say
"Art has always been my favourite subject and I want to go on and study it at university and teach it in the future. I've enjoyed the course and particularly like learning new techniques such as collages and texture work. I'm in a good group and I'd recommend it to any student who enjoyed art at high school." - Natalie Matthews, St Thomas More High SchoolPass Rates
In 2011 the student pass rate for A2 Fine Art was 100% with 100% of students achieving grades A*-C.
In 2010 the student pass rate for A2 Fine Art was 88% with 75% of students achieving grades A*-C.
Who Is It Suitable For?
You need to be someone who has an enthusiasm for making images, who is open-minded and willing to work outside your creative comfort zone by being prepared to try new and different ways of making works of art. The aim of the course is to help you to make a great leap in your creative ability and develop your confidence. We will help you to make interesting images.
The course is an excellent preparation for art and design degree courses progressing through to our pre-degree Foundation course and is ideally suited to those of you who have undertaken an art and design subject at GCSE level.
What Are The Entry Requirements?
The Academic Advanced Programme minimum entry requirement is five GCSEs (2Bs, 3Cs) including English Language/Literature and Maths.
You will also need an art portfolio, to be presented at interview.
What Other Subjects Can I Study With This Course?
You can study Fine Art with any combination of AS subjects, but should do no more than two Art and Design courses assessed by portfolio including Media and Drama.
What Can I Do Next?
Progression to Higher Education through our Foundation Art and Design course or by direct entry to an Honours Degree where applicable. Many of our students have progressed onto the Foundation Diploma in Art and Design onto Degrees in Fine Art and Photography.
What If I Need Support?
The College provides a range of learning support for students who would like extra help with their studies. If you need help in deciding what to study or information on travel, finance, childcare, personal or health concerns, contact the Information Centre
How Do I Apply?