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Fine Art

A Level

"If you are creative and love exploring ideas then Fine Art is for you. Fine Art is one of the best subjects to express your feelings in an imaginative way. You can go wild with materials: acrylic, oil, pastel, chalk. You can make sculptures and learn different techniques that can help in the future. You can also go on a variety of trips and even go outside of London to visit the beautiful landscapes of Cornwall. If you pick this subject you will never regret it."

What will I study?

The Fine Art course explores a range of creative practices including painting, mixed media, sculpture and print-making. Drawing is an essential skill for studying this subject and forms an integral part of Fine Art practice. You will use drawing to record and analyse the observed world, to explore ideas visually and to find new ways of expressing your thoughts and feelings. You will extend your drawing ability by experimenting with a range of tools, materials and techniques in order to refine your practical skills. You will also learn how to use sketchbooks as a creative journal in order to document your own creative process.

Gallery and research visits are an essential part of Fine Art practice. You will develop your study skills by researching, analysing and evaluating the work of other artists, craftspeople and designers in order to make connections to your own ideas and methods. An important aspect of your progression will be your ability to express yourself in writing. As part of the personal investigation component of the A Level you will be required to produce a minimum 1000 word critical study. At the end of the course your work will be displayed at the College’s art exhibition, which celebrates the creativity of our learners.

What do I need to study this course?

GCSE (Grade 9-5) in an Art based subject or BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Art and Design (Merit). If you have not studied the subject at school but wish to be considered for the course, evidence of ability and interest in the form of a sketchbook/portfolio must be shown at interview.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is by coursework and controlled assignments. You will be required to produce a portfolio of coursework and separate controlled assignment. A final grade is determined by the externally moderated assessment of the Portfolio units and the examination.

Where will A Level Fine Art lead me?

This course leads naturally to careers in Fine Art, Graphic Design, Fashion, Advertising and Product Design. Art and Design courses are also useful if you are considering a career in such fields as Architecture, Marketing, Publicity, Arts Administration, Animation and the Media. Christ the King is unique to South London because it offers four endorsed Art and Design A Levels. For those considering a career in the Arts it may advantageous to take at least two of these. It is also possible to do a full-time Art and Design option of three specialist A Levels.

What the students say

"I’m glad I chose Fine Art because in secondary school I wasn’t that great at Art but in the first year I learned that you don’t have to be the best painter or sculptor you just have to know how to express yourself to be the best at Art. On the A2 Fine Art course you get the chance to go to Cornwall. It is a great experience as you get to see how Art relates to the natural environment not just the concrete jungle we see on a daily basis."

Giovanna Price

"Fine Art gives students the opportunity to express our thoughts and feelings creatively. I chose to study Fine Art because it has been a passion of mine since secondary school. Fine Art also gives me the chance to continuously experiment with different styles, materials and ideas. Studying A level Art has not only been about drawing but gaining knowledge and being able to interpret the world in different ways."

Adama Jalloh

Creatives of the Art Department 2