Art & Design – Fine Art

Candidates are required to work in one or more area(s) of Fine Art, such as those listed below. They may explore overlapping areas and combinations of areas:

  • Painting and drawing
  • Mixed media, including collage and assemblage
  • Sculpture
  • Installation
  • Printmaking: relief, screen processes
  • Lens-based and/or light-based media and new media.

Candidates are required to integrate critical, practical and theoretical study in Fine Art, that encourages direct engagement with original work and practice. Where direct engagement may not be possible, the expectation is that work should include appropriate and explicit critical study.

Candidates will be expected to demonstrate practical skills in the context of specific chosen areas of study or any combined areas of study.

Course Content

Skills and Techniques

Candidates will be expected to demonstrate skills and techniques in the context of their chosen area(s) of study within Fine Art:

  • Making appropriate use of colour, line, tone, texture, shape, and form, using different approaches to recording images e.g. observation, analysis, expression and imagination
  • Showing in their work an understanding of the conventions of representational and abstract/non-representational imagery and genres
  • Investigating different ways of working, as appropriate to their chosen area(s) of study within Fine Art
  • Providing evidence of an understanding of spatial qualities, composition, rhythm, scale, and structure
  • Providing evidence of the use of safe working practices.

Exams and Assessment

A final grade is calculated by combining marks from the portfolio of work Unit 1 with the externally set task Unit 2. The portfolio accounts for 60% of the marks and the externally set task for 40%. Portfolio work and exam preparation are very important. The course is three years long.

Why choose Art & Design – Fine Art?

If you choose this path, it should be because you have a vision and are passionate about learning the fine arts. It will allow you to expand on your creativity. Many industries such as fashion, film/television, education, art therapy, arts & culture management, and the entertainment industry are looking for people with an art background.