Why Choose Fine Art?

Fine Art is about… Making - Looking at - Thinking about - Feeling about - Knowing about - Responding to.

Resources and Facilities

We believe in a broad approach to creativity and expect you to be inventive. Look at the work of previous students to see what use they made of our facilities.

Teaching and Learning Styles

We offer projects from a bank of themes and we provide you with the means whereby you can respond individually, develop observational and recording skills, manipulate materials, and relate to the work of others. All these skills will allow your personal art language to develop

Extra-Curricular Activities

Students are required to participate in museum/gallery visits and any site visits related to practical work.


Year 1 Course Structure
The first term consists of a range of short projects which build skills. They will include some of the following: drawing, composition, the formal elements, history of art, colour, tone, oil painting, use of mixed media and Photoshop.

Terms 2 and 3 consist of a series of longer tasks designed to help students refine their skills in identifying and developing project ideas. Work from these projects can form the basis of the Personal Investigation in year 2. There is an internal assessment at the end of year 1.

Year 2 Course Structure
A Level Unit 1: Personal Investigation - 60% of A Level grade. Consists of two integrated parts:

  1. A major in-depth critical, practical and theoretical investigative project/ portfolio and outcome/s based on themes and subject matter that have personal significance.
  2. An extended written element of 1000 words minimum, which may contain images and texts and must clearly relate to practical and theoretical work using an appropriate working vocabulary and specialist terminology.

A Level Unit 2: Externally set task - 40% of A Level Grade A period of preparatory study based on a starting point set by the exam board followed by a 15 hour period of sustained focused work completed under exam conditions

profile student

Amelia Mika

Fine Art - Blessed Edward Oldcorne Catholic College
I chose to study A Level Fine Art as I knew I wanted to do something creative as a career. The best feature of this course for me is that you have the freedom to develop your project in the way you want, meaning you aren’t limited to a certain direction in your chosen theme. You also get the chance to try out new techniques such as oil painting and printmaking. You learn from your experiments to find out which medium you work with best to achieve the outcome you want. During the course, we have attended trips to Tate Modern Liverpool and Crosby Beach, both of which have broadened my knowledge on how to develop my own art. After College, I plan to go to university to study Game Art.

Progression Opportunities

Many students go on to study a Foundation course in Art and Design and then a degree in a related field.

Course Specifics / Entry Requirements

Qualification NameMaths GCSE Req.English GCSE Req.Other Req.Desirable QualificationsSkills & Attributes Required for SuccessGuidance on Costs or Commitments
Fine ArtGCSE Art and Design at grade 4 or above, or portfolio.Experience in observational skills and development.Art materials: £35. At least two visits: £30

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