Art A Level - Fine Art: Painting and Drawing

Arts, Media and Publishing

Arts, Media and Publishing
Arts, Media and Publishing
We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Alternative Title Art A Level - Fine Art: Painting and Drawing
Code Ar 21 - 22
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


Why Study Art?

If your intention is to follow a creative career.

• The course is designed to encourage creativity, imagination and independence based on personal experience, taught skills and critical understanding, transferable to other areas.

• To study as a subject that may be either a positive contrast or complement to your other chosen subjects – Photography, Film Studies, Media Studies, The Social Sciences, Maths, Music, Performing Arts, Dance


What Does The Course Involve?

This is a specific area of study around Painting and Drawing.

Students will work in areas such as: portraiture, landscape, still life, the human form, abstract and narrative.

Materials and techniques will include: learning a range of techniques in oil painting, acrylic painting, watercolour painting, mark making in drawing materials and mixed media.

A wide range of artists and art movements will be studied, including Contemporary works.

Trips & Additional Activities

There are trips out to relevant galleries and exhibitions in London throughout the course, such as the Tate Modern the Courthauld Institute, The BP Portrait Prize and National Portrait Gallery.

There is a foreign trip in May of Year 12 and residential UK trip at the beginning of Year 13. University and Degree Show trips are also organised; including to our partner the University of Creative Arts.

Lectures by department staff and guest visitors are organised throughout the course, and portfolio sessions and workshops are run in Year 13. Creative work experience placements are facilitated.

How will it be delivered?

Exam board: AQA.

Component 1 – Personal Investigation (60% of the final grade):   a portfolio of practical work in response to a brief or stimulus, devised and provided by the centre; a related study: an extended response of between 1000 and 3000 words.  

Component 2 – Externally Set Task (40% of the final grade) 12 week prep period and 15 hour exam

Entry requirements

What Are The Entry Requirements?

Minimum entry requirement to Sixth Form is Five 5s. Minimum of 4 in Art. This course cannot be taken with Contemporary Fine Art but can be taken with Photography. 

Your next steps...

Leading To A Career/ Further Courses In?

Architecture, Interior Architecture, Fine Art, Art Historian, Graphic Design, Computer Aided Design, Games Design, work in aspects of Film and TV, Photography, Illustration, Museum and Curating work, etc.