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Art (Fine Art)

Entry requirements

Merit in Level 2 Art or Design Technology or evidence of skill in designing and making in other subjects. 

However, we will consider applications from students who did not follow one of these courses in KS4. In these cases, we will interview candidates and ask that a portfolio of work be brought along to support their application.

What will I study

On this course you will learn the following;

  • Drawing techniques
  • Painting techniques
  • 3D and sculptural techniques using a range of materials
  • How to identify successful art work
  • How to refine your ideas and develop a personal style of work
  • To learn about the work of other artists and designers and develop your own work in response
  • How to analyse your work and the work of others
  • Learn how to present a personal response to a given theme

How will I be assessed?

Coursework is worth 60% of your overall grade and the externally set assignment is worth 40%. Your work will be formally assessed every 4 - 6 weeks using the AQA marking grid. You will have regular verbal and written feedback in the form of tutorials in lessons and opportunities to self and peer assess your work.

Is this subject for me?

An A-level Art student needs to be ambitious, creative, motivated and a risk taker. You need to have a passion for the arts in all forms and be focused and open minded about your studies. You should have underlying drawing and recording skills and be prepared to push yourself to try new techniques. Artwork takes a long time to produce so you need to have excellent time management skills and commitment to your craft. The majority of the course is self directed study so they also need to be independent workers. 

Where can this lead me?

Students who are interested in an art and design career usually take a foundation course upon completing their A-level which will introduce you to a range of specialisms within art and design helping you to make an informed choice of which art and design degree would best suit you.  Many universities value an Art and Design qualification and it will be useful in applying to any college or university.

Brighton MET (incorporating Northbrook) run a number of Art and Design courses that you can explore after sixth form. These cover several different specialist areas including two foundation courses. 

Entry to these courses is usually by interview and portfolio submission. An A-level art and design course will enable you to produce a portfolio to take to interview and give you an excellent grounding in art and design knowledge, skills and techniques.

Careers that A-level students move on to include:

  • Exhibition designer
  • Fine artist
  • Architect
  • Graphic designer
  • Interior designer
  • Visual merchandiser
  • Ceramicist
  • Digital artist
  • Product designer
  • Fashion / textile design
  • Art historian
  • Further education teacher
  • Higher education lecturer
  • Secondary school teacher
  • Illustrator
  • Museum/gallery curator
  • Printmaker

What else is there?

We offer a range of experiences to enhance your experience on the A-level course. We have run workshops with local artists and trips up to London. There are also opportunities to visit further educational colleges to see what life is like on an art foundation course. 

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