Art & Design (Fine Art)


Art and Design is an exciting subject covering a wide range of media and art experiences.  Students work in many areas including textiles and 3-dimensional design as well as the more traditional drawing and painting in oils, acrylic etc. We also have used digital media including video installation to create artwork.

Work is project-based, beginning with artist research, then experimentation and development of compositions and outcomes.  Students are trained in concepts and techniques and are expected to show commitment and a real interest in the subject.  There is the opportunity to visit galleries in this country and abroad to reinforce and stimulate students’ own work.


COURSE CONTENT: AQA Art and Design: Fine Art

Component 1 Coursework

Coursework consists of two elements: practical work and a personal study.

We begin the course developing student’s skills in lots of areas of Fine Art, exploring the possibilities of materials. Students look at artists to develop their own interest before deciding on a personal theme. In the practical element students pursue their own creative ideas in a chosen area of art that holds a special interest for them, which must be linked to the personal study.  In the personal study the student researches and establishes sustainable links between their own work and that of other artists.  It usually takes the form of a study in a sketchbook with a written text of between 1000 and 3000 words. This is worth 60% of the grade.

Component 2 Exam

The Externally Set Assignment represents the culmination of the Advanced GCE course in Art and Design, Fine Art.  Requirements of the unit include preparatory work (including sketchbooks) and the student’s unaided work produced under examination conditions in a period of fifteen hours. This is worth 40% of the grade.


Art A Level is an important qualification in any area of employment that requires a creative mind. Art will develop visual skills, critical thinking; it values curiosity, enquiry, resilience and independent thinking. Learning through making encourages imaginative thinking and interpretation through experimentation and analysis. This style of learning develops an ability to think about problems from a broad perspective. It is necessary for entry onto an art Foundation Course, a prerequisite for most university art courses, and is recognised by universities as an academic Advanced Level for entry into a wide range of courses in non art-based subjects.



Students who study Art must have achieved five GCSE grades from 9 – 4, with a recommendation of Grade 5 in Art and Design.