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fine art a level at aspire sixth form

Fine Art A Level

Curriculum Intent

To ensure all students regardless of background and ability can aspire to ‘unlock their academic and personal potential’. It empowers and equips students with the knowledge, character virtues and learning skills required to thrive in learning and in life.

Why should I study Fine Art?

Imaginative, Independent and Innovative. If you like the sound of those words then Fine Art could be an exciting course to pursue. You will build on your skills from GCSE into a much deeper level, with individual work spaces that you can use whenever inspiration hits. You will explore styles and types of art not yet covered as well as refining the skills you already know and love. 

During Year 12 you will produce a portfolio of work, following a wide range of starting points and materials, from drawing and painting to ceramics and textiles. These will form a series of workshops until the summer term. At the beginning of the summer term you will start your final major project which will be based on a starting point of your choice. With the increased independence we see our A Level students flourish and many have gone on to study visual arts at universities and into successful careers. 

What skills will I gain?

Fine Art is about looking, learning, thinking and communicating. You will enjoy developing your understanding of the visual world, learning practical skills and responding to ideas and issues in ways that are personal to you. Fine Art offers opportunities to use your creativity to express yourself. 

You will develop your understanding of creative processes, your ability to observe and to think, to solve problems and to communicate in a visual way. It will enable you to work independently and to make your own discoveries by exploring ideas, other artists’ work and different materials and techniques. Fine Art gives you the skills and knowledge to create personal and imaginative work. 

The course enables students to explore aspects of art and design through a varied approach of media. Students are encouraged to combine traditional hand rendered methods of drawing, painting clay work and printmaking with digital methods such as Photoshop manipulation. We offer an imaginative course with considerable opportunities to experiment with media and creative art and design work, in order to express and answer a visual problem with imagination. The course demands a strong work ethic and independent commitment.

What degree and higher education courses could I study after this course?

  • 2D and 3D Animation
  • 3D Design
  • Applied Arts
  • Architecture
  • Art History
  • Art Therapy
  • Ceramics
  • Digital Media
  • Fine Art Painting
  • Fine Art Printmaking
  • Fine Art Sculpture
  • Game Design
  • Illustration
  • Industrial Design
  • Interior Architecture and Design.

What career paths is Fine Art suitable for?

Studying a Fine Art related degree at university can give you all sorts of exciting career opportunities, including:

  • Architect
  • Art Technician
  • Art Therapist
  • Art Valuer
  • Artist in Residence
  • Arts Administrator
  • Community Arts Worker
  • Illustrator
  • Multimedia Artist
  • Mural Artist
  • Museum/Gallery Curator
  • Painter
  • Printmaker
  • Sculptor
  • Teacher.

Entry requirements

  • Five GCSEs at grade 4 or above; including English and/or maths.
  • National data suggests successful students will have achieved an average points score of 4.0 or more.