Fine Art A-level

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Being a Fine Art student provides you with a unique and exciting opportunity to explore, discover and develop highly personal and creative ideas in response to the world around you. This course will introduce you to a broad variety of materials, techniques and processes. You will engage with extensive research, experimentation and development work to enable you to make final outcomes that successfully combine skill, aesthetics and concept.

What will I study in Fine Art A-level?

Year One

At the start of the course you will be introduced to a diverse range of materials, techniques and processes and given the opportunity to explore and develop new skills through completion of an introduction project. The aim of this is to prepare you for your coursework, allowing you to recognise your strengths and discover new ways of working.

Following this you will begin The Personal Investigation (60%) which is a substantial self-directed coursework project that allows for in-depth research and exploration of a theme or subject matter which is of personal interest to you. The project will integrate critical, practical and theoretical work, inclusive of an extended written study (minimum 1000 words) where you will analyse the work of inspirational fine artists whose work has a relevance to your own practice. This will give you the opportunity to place your practical work within a historical and/or contemporary context and to demonstrate that you have made pertinent and critical connections to fine artists.

Year Two
The Personal Investigation concludes after a period of extensive creative making, development and the creation of a high quality finished outcome that demonstrates artist influence and personal responses to your chosen theme.

You will then begin work on The Externally Set Assignment (40%). This consists of a range of visual and written starting points that are prepared by the examining body. You will choose one of these and begin your 13 week preparatory period leading to the development of a resolved final outcome produced in 15 hours (normally over three days), under controlled conditions in the studio.

Entry Requirements

Grade 5 or a MERIT or DISTINCTION at BTEC Level 2 in an Art or Design subject.

If you have not studied a creative visual course at GCSE entry may also be made via portfolio/interview. You have the option of showing us the work you have done or there is set project which you can undertake so that we can see your skills and gauge your enthusiasm to study this course.

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How will I learn?

You will learn through experience! This is very much a practical course in which you will be drawing, painting, printing and making art. You will test and trial a number of techniques and approaches associated with a wide range of media. You will learn and master skills through a willingness to experiment, take creative risks and through lots of practise! You will also be introduced to a wide range of inspirational artists and art movements and conduct artist and contextual research to inform and influence your creative practice.

You will work mainly independently on your own individual projects, however peer reviews and group critiques are a key part in how you learn to develop your confidence and projects, so these will take place from time to time throughout the course.

How will I be assessed?

Through a combination of coursework (60%) and exam work (40%). You will generate sketchbook work, final outcomes and an extended written study. Both the Personal Investigation coursework and the Externally Set Assignment exam are internally assessed and externally moderated.

Any trips?

Trips to local and national galleries and exhibitions occur throughout the year to help students gather research and inspiration. The Art & Design team also try to run a residential trip. Previous examples include Paris, Milan and London.

Are there any costs involved?

  • You will need to purchase a 'starter pack' (around £25) which can be purchased from Reprographics (college shop)
  • There is an annual studio fee of £30 to cover the costs of paper, paints, printing inks and other materials. This is payable via wisepay when you join the college.
  • You will need to purchase sketchbooks, mountboard and an A1 Portfolio - you will be advised when to purchase these by your art lecturer
  • Trips are an additional cost

FAQs

What is the difference between Art & Design and Fine Art?

Very little - Fine Art means almost anything that could be displayed in a gallery. The work produced will explore a personal idea or concept and consider visual aesthetics, rather than having a function.


Must I have studied GCSE Art?

As long as you have studied a creative GCSE such as Textiles or Graphics and achieved at least a grade 5 you will be a suitable recruit for the A-level in Art.

It is important that you have a keen interest in the subject, and are willing to learn new ways of working.

We will consider students who do not have a creative GCSE, but would ask to see a portfolio of independent work at interview or ask you to complete a mini project to demonstrate your committment and enthusiasm to the course inadvance of being enroled on the course.


Will I be expected to do a lot of writing?

You will be required to write a 1000 word Extended Written Study as part of your coursework. You will also be expected to fill your sketchbooks with reflective annotation, analysis and evaluation of your own work and the work of others.


Can I choose my own project?

You will work from some set starting points at the beginning of year 1 but you will be able to develop your own personal direction from these. As the year progresses and certainly when you are in year 2 you will choose your own theme to respond to. The possibilities are endless and you will be given clear guidance and advice to help you.


Can I study three creative subjects?

If you intend to study any three of the following subjects:  Photography, Fine Art, Textiles, Graphics and 3D Design you need to be aware of the following points.

  • You should be an exceptionally motivated and talented student and anticipate a career in the creative industries.
  • It is not generally advisable to study three creative courses but is not prohibited.
  • The work load will be extremely high with similar or identical pressure points in all courses.
  • These courses share a specification (currently from EDUQAS/WJEC) and therefore have a common marks scheme and share an Externally Assessed Assignment paper.
  • This could limit your career progression because your programme of study is highly focused on creative subjects and would not generally be suitable for admission to an academic Degree course.
  • You should consider the CTEC Art and Design course

You will need to see one of the Art and Design team before enrolment and you will need evidence of your creativity (Digital Portfolio).


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A Level
[56 UCAS pts. available]

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What the students say

Fine Art at Cirencester is a wonderfully creative subject that encourages expression through a wide variety of mediums, I had never previously considered. It constantly challenges and encourages to experimentation, and the result is a much more interesting and varied portfolio.

Rosie Lightfoot

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