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Art & Design (Fine Art)

Head of Faculty: L.Fozard[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”1204″ img_size=”full”][vc_column_text]View examples of students’ work in our Visual Arts Gallery HERE[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]


In the Visual Arts Department we aim to provide and portray a lively, challenging and happy environment in which students can learn and explore, breaking new boundaries. Students will learn how to convey and interpret ideas, feelings and observations into art work and record experiences, in visual form, through a variety of media. They will develop theoretical knowledge and understanding of relevant materials, processes, technologies and resources and experience wet and dry materials, including oil paints, printing, photography as well as mixed media and work.


Assessment is through a combination of coursework, portfolio work and an externally assessed assignment.

Component 1 is a Personal Investigation, worth 60% of the full A Level, which is made up of a work journal, coursework, final pieces and a 1000-3000 word study. Non-exam assessment (NEA) set and marked by the centre and moderated by AQA during a visit to the centre.

Component 2 is externally set by the Exam board. It is worth 40% of the A Level and will be set by AQA. Work for this piece is completed in around 10 weeks and will culminate in a final piece being produced, in 15 hours, under exam conditions. Non-exam assessment (NEA) set and marked by the centre and moderated by AQA during a visit to the centre.


5 GCSE at grade 5 or above. Students must have achieved grade 5 or above in Maths and English. Entry subject to portfolio review.

WHY STUDY fine art?

The personal attributes and skills that you develop whilst studying Art and Design based subjects are vast. As students push themselves to explore unfamiliar techniques and materials, they will develop the tenacity required to problem solve at higher levels. They will become independent in their thinking and resilient in their attitudes. By analysing and researching the work of other practitioners students develop lifelong skills that are transferable into any career path. Creativity has cache.

Financial information

All students will be required to have an Art Kit provided by the Art Department at a cost of £20.  This can be added to as the Year progresses.

The Academy will not charge for books, materials, equipment and instruction in connection with the National Curriculum or Statutory Religious Education taught at school, except where parents have indicated in advance their wish to purchase the product.

Exam Charging Policy:

Students with less than 85% attendance may, under the discretion of the Sixth Form Office, be asked to pay for their exam entry.
Exam resits that are made at the request of the post 16 students will be charged at full price.

When it is not possible to obtain a refund, full price will be charged to students for:

– the Summer Exam entry, if they withdraw from the subject after 20 April.
– non-attendance at an exam without good reason.

BTEC students, who leave the Academy prior to the conclusion of the course, will be charged £50.

Future Opportunities

Art and Design has a huge array of job opportunities through architecture, marketing, media, fashion, product design, graphic design, advertising, retail display, textiles design in addition to museum and gallery opportunities through art studies

Further Information

Study at AS and A2 demands a great deal of time spent working in addition to the weekly lessons and homework, this must be taken into consideration when choosing this subject.