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Fine Art A-Level

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What is A-Level Fine Art?

Fine Art A-Level is the making and study of visual art such as painting, printmaking and sculpture. The course covers a variety of different processes and skills, which can be developed on a specialist art and design degree course. Analytical and observational skills can be utilised in a wide range of creative environments.

What Will You Study?

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Portfolio work, including:

  • Drawing (pencil, charcoal, graphite)
  • Oil Painting
  • Watercolour painting
  • Acrylic painting
  • Mono Printing
  • Lino printing
  • Etching printing
  • Acetone printing
  • Emulsion printing
  • Collage

What Next?

Students who intend to go onto a degree course in Art often take a year-long Art Foundation course after A-Levels, such as the one offered at Cardinal Newman. Students have progressed to places at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU), The University of Leeds and Central Saint Martins, London. Others have applied directly onto the following courses, Fine Art & Architecture at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU), Architecture at Newcastle University, Liverpool Hope University and University College London (UCL), Printed Textiles at Bath Spa University, Product Design at UCLAN and Automotive Design at Aston University.

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Entry Requirements:

At least five 5s at GCSE, including at least a 5 in GCSE Art. Creative GCSE Design Technology subjects including Textiles, Graphic Design and Resistant Materials may be considered. Progression to the course via this route will be subject to an interview with a portfolio of artwork.

Have you considered studying a Mixed Programme (A-Levels and Btecs) Whether you’re on target to achieve five 5s in your GCSEs or not there may still be an option to study A-Levels alongside a BTEC qualification at Newman.

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What other subjects go well with this subject?

Digital Photography, Graphic Communications, Textiles, English Literature, Maths, Physics and History.

Subject Spotlight

Each month we are throwing a spotlight onto a different subject so that you can find out more about what it is really like to study that subject at Newman.

Fine Art is one of five art-based subjects that you can study at Newman and is based in our St James’ Art & Design Building, with spacious, light and airy classrooms that are perfect for you to really get creative.

We decided to ask one of our Year 13 Fine Art students, Eleanor Fraser Watts about her experience of studying this subject, here’s what she said…

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