Art - Key Stage 5

We offer 2 linear A-Level courses - Fine Art and Photography. More details on both of these courses can be found in our Sixth Form Course Guide.


Fine Art

Fine Art A-level is a two year course which builds upon the approaches inherent in Art GCSE combining practical work with historical, critical and contextual studies. These will be supported by the use of sketchbooks, first-hand experience of relevant works of art, craft and design and any other form of appropriate evidence. The course enables candidates to develop their own personal responses and explore the relationship between their own ideas and those of others. As the course progresses candidates will increase their responsibility for learning by initiating their own starting points.

Candidates are required to work in one or more areas of Fine Art:

  • Drawing and Painting
  • Mixed media
  • Sculpture
  • Printmaking

Photography

The course introduces students to a variety of experiences exploring a range of photographic media, techniques and processes. Students will be encouraged to explore relevant images, artefacts and resources relating to Photography and a wider range of art and design, from the past and from recent times, including European and non-European examples.

The course will enable students to develop their own personal responses through the use of digital techniques to produce images using digital cameras and photo manipulation software such as Adobe Photoshop.

Students’ work will be supported by sketchbooks/workbooks/journals as well as first hand experiences of relevant works. There is no specific requirement for candidates to demonstrate drawing skills in this endorsement unless they wish to.

Please note there are no dark room facilities available in the department so we do not offer chemical based photography.