Art & Design: Fine Art

Type of qualification – A Level
Exam Board – AQA

Course Description

This course is designed to strengthen and build on the skills you have acquired at GCSE. Through taught lessons, workshops and independent study, you will be introduced to a variety of experiences exploring a range of art media, techniques and processes. You will learn about traditional and new technologies which include painting and drawing, mixed media, sculpture, printmaking, animation, video and photography. You will be aware of the importance of research and will be encouraged to explore methods for developing your own themes and ideas.


Personal investigation 60%

Externally set assignment 40%

What next?

Progression onto a wide range of art and design degree courses. Career opportunities include; commercial art, graphic design, textiles, fashion, ceramics, interior, theatre design, architecture, film animation and video, arts administration, photography, conservation and restoration, teaching and art therapy.


Different approaches to recording images

Different ways of working (underpainting, glazing, wash and impasto, modelling, assembling, mono printing, lino printing and screen printing)

Space, composition, rhythm, scale and structure

Critical analysis and interpretation of visual elements

Additional Activities

Art enrichment, mini masterclasses, life drawing, visiting artists, live briefs.

Various trips to art galleries

Entry Requirements

Þ Minimum 5 GCSES at grade 4 or above

Þ At least grade 6 in a GCSE art-related subject

Student Financial Contribution: £50 per year for materials

What Our Students Think

“Art helps me to express my creativity. For me, Art is relaxing; You can choose your own path.”

Jasmin, previously St Edmund’s Girls’ School