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Fine Art GCE AS/A2 Level

Course aims

On this course learners explore a range of fine art media, techniques and processes through traditional and modern approaches. They develop ideas for painting, prints and sculptures in response to contemporary and historical examples.

Specific entry requirements

(To be read in conjunction with the General Entry Requirements.)

One of your GCSEs must be in an Art & Design subject (preferably Fine Art), at grade B or higher.

To study GCE A Level you must have achieved a grade D at AS Level.

Course content

GCE AS Level
Unit 1 – Coursework Portfolio

Explore media, materials and processes while working towards an assignment set by college tutors. Learn to draw and paint in traditional and experimental ways. Combine none-art materials and found imagery to create collages and mixed media pieces. Develop a range of printmaking skills such as use of inks on glass (mono-printing) or lino printing .

Unit 2: Externally set assignment
This unit’s theme is set by the examination board and allows students to choose one of five questions to answer through experimentation and the development of ideas. A final period of 5 hours unaided and supervised time allows students to create further ideas or complete final piece/pieces that pull together the best work done to date.

Unit 3: Personal Investigation
In this unit there is a written component in which candidates develop “a personal investigation based on an idea, issue, concept or theme leading to a finished piece or pieces.” Learners pick a theme or idea and produce convincing 2d artworks that somehow relate to the written work. Texts must be no less than 1000 words and no more than 3000.

Unit 4: A2 Externally Set Assignment
As with the AS assignment, students are provided with 8 topics/questions from which they choose 1 to study. The summative exam is 15 hours long and students are expected to create a “clearly defined section of work that makes up a whole, leading to a finished piece or pieces.”

Course assessment

College staff grade these units before the marks are verified by an external consultant. The grades are collated as an AS qualification in year 1 or an A Level in year 2.


Books: Recommended textbooks to be advised by your tutor. Extensive use will be made of the internet and relevant websites will be an important source of material to study this course.

Materials: Most paper, paint and other media and materials are provided by the college, but students should have a basic kit that can be bought from our technicians and tutors and at V.A.T. free prices.


BTEC Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, HND/Foundation Degrees in Fine Art or Teacher training qualifications. Career options include illustrator, fine artist, and museum curator.


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