A Level – Art


Fine Art is an excellent choice for anyone with a vivid interest in observed drawing, painting and printmaking. Considerable opportunities exist for media exploration and creative design work, working with a variety of materials, techniques and processes.

  • Who Is This Course For?

    Fine Art is an excellent choice for anyone with a vivid interest in observed drawing, painting and printmaking. Considerable opportunities exist for media exploration and creative design work, working with a variety of materials, techniques and processes. The course demands a strong work ethic and independent commitment. If you achieved well and enjoyed Art & Design at school this could be the course for you.

    Fine Art is often studied alongside related courses such as Graphic Design and Photography, but can also serve as a complementary study route, offering an element of variety to an intense academic programme.

    Entry Criteria

    The College entry criteria for all level three courses can be found on our ”Entry Criteria Guidance” pdf document.

    The submission of a portfolio can also be accepted to support your application to this course. Students who wish to study Fine Art are required to complete work at Wyke Start for the department.

  • Course Details:

    Exam Board

    AQA

    Course details

    The course is delivered as four distinct units of study, which test the skills of observation, media handling, ideas development, contextual research and visual realisation. Quality of written expression is especially important in the second year of study.

    1. A first body of coursework is internally set and marked and is concerned with the construction of a portfolio of studio based drawing, printing and painting working mainly from directly observed sources.

    2. An internally set exam paper is released in February of each year offering a choice of themes for independently researched visual development and contextual work. The culmination of this body of work is an eight hour exam undertaken in April in which a summative piece of visual work relating to the exam question is undertaken.

    Progress will be monitored through a programme of  internal assessments held at regular intervals throughout the year.

    Art 7242C (60% of Total Mark)

    A personal investigation is undertaken in the first period of second year study; the theme for this work is agreed via negotiation between the individual student and the course team and generally originates from the three key themes of Landscape, Portraiture and Still life. This component of the course also requires the undertaking of an illustrated essay related in theme to the nature of the personal investigation.

    Art 7242X (40% of Total Mark)

    An externally set exam paper is released in February offering a choice of themes for independently researched visual development and contextual work. The culmination of this body of work is a fifteen-hour exam undertaken in April in which a summative piece of visual work relating to the exam question is undertaken.

    How the course is delivered

    The course is rooted in direct creative activity supported by individual tutorial discussion and reference to exemplar material created by teaching staff, students and established historical significant Fine Art practitioners. Careful guidance is given with regard to the construction and presentation of individual outcomes, sketchbooks and portfolios, supported by visual example and written and verbal instruction.

    Departmental Enrichment

    The department as a whole offers an open door policy, in order that space, materials and creative opportunities are maximised. Regular twilight studio sessions are held throughout the year and the studio is available every lunchtime for private study. Further individual support is always available on request and the level of pastoral care afforded by the department is highly regarded.

    The Art department at Wyke Sixth Form College

    The Fine Art studio forms part of a purpose built open plan teaching space offering access to drawing painting and printmaking facilities. Access to digital equipment is also available.

    A wider range of visual and contextual materials are made freely available, many designed by the teaching team.

    The Fine Art course is taught by Jon Stafford (Head of Visual Arts) and James Fenwick.

    What can I do now that would help prepare me for this course?

    This course is creatively demanding and requires an open minded and industrious approach. The best preparation for this course is direct observation drawing undertaken on an almost daily basis, studying at length and in detail the qualities of everyday objects, architecture and figurative subjects.

    Taking an active interest in the history of the subject is also recommended. Both the Ferens Art Gallery in the city and Beverley Art Gallery offer splendid opportunities to view paintings and artefacts at first hand.

  • Progression:

    The department is well experienced in guiding students to success. Over the years students of Fine Art have gone on to study the subject at degree level at institutions as diverse as Newcastle, Leeds, Manchester, Nottingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Canterbury and London. At present the high achievement rate, for the Fine Art course is above the National Average and students have achieved A* grades every year since their introduction.

    Rebecca Hopkins achieved a grade A in Fine Art. The nature of the course combined with her own dedication and work ethic enabled her to develop a highly emotive and original methodology combining personal expression and visual communication. The portfolio of work produced gained her a place at Central St. Martins, generally regarded as one of the country’s leading Art Schools. The image below illustrates one element of Rebecca’s multi-media installation work inspired in part by the American artist Joseph Cornell.