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Are you looking to learn a wide range of creative and technical skills and nurture your artistic talents? Then A Level Fine Art might be just the subject for you. Through the course, you’ll learn how to communicate through a range of practical, traditional and digital media.

You'll need to meet the entry criteria for your chosen pathway and a grade 4 in a relevant GCSE Art/Design subject. If students have not taken a GCSE Art subject, then a portfolio of work will be considered. 

For further information on the pathways, please click here.


NOTE: 3 Art & Design subjects cannot be studied together

This exciting subject will see you exploring varied topics, including: -

  • Practical techniques such as drawing, painting and printmaking
  • Sculpture, 3D construction and installation
  • Photography and digital imaging
  • Innovative use of mixed media


Educate, Enrich, Enlighten

Studying for an A Level in Fine Art is an enriching experience. On this creative course, you’ll be given the freedom to explore your own interests and bring them to life, through the creation of experimental and carefully planned works of art.

Under the direction of our passionate team of teachers, you’ll explore the many ways in which Art can affect the perception and reality of the world around us. And you will use a range of materials and techniques to develop your own artistic interests and styles. You’ll also enjoy a range of experiences outside of the classroom, including trips and visits, and an end of year showcase of your projects at an Art and Design Exhibition.

You will be encouraged to build on your cultural capital through a range of extra-curricular opportunities, from guest workshops to residential visits abroad. In past years, our Fine Art students:

  • Experienced art and culture in European cities
  • Took part in guest artist workshops
  • Exhibited work in an end of year showcase
  • Took part in local art festivals such as the Biennale

Assessment is via examination and coursework. Please speak to our team for further details.

An A Level in Fine Art will equip you with the skills needed to progress onto a range of Art and Design foundation and degree courses. It is also highly valued by a wide range of degree level courses too due to the wider critical thinking skills it develops.

Our students typically progress to careers in Architecture, Advertising, Teaching, Illustration and Animation.

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Studying A Level Fine Art will help you to develop highly valuable transferable skills, such as creative ideas development, contextual interpretation, and visual communication.

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