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Fine Art

What is Fine Art?

Fine Art 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?

You will be given the opportunity to create a portfolio and will be given a theme to base your project on at the start of the course. The project will cover the formal elements, gathering research, observational drawing and looking at the work of others. The techniques you can expect to learn are, drawing with a range of media, exploring different drawing styles, lino printing, mono printing, painting with acrylics and painting with watercolours.

You will also be given an externally set assignment and you will chose a theme to develop. In addition to the skills above, you will also learn etching, collagraph printing and mixed media.

In your second year, you will have the opportunity to use the skills that you have learnt to develop your own emerging art practice in a more personal way. To complement your practical work you will be asked to produce a 1000-3000 word dissertation, annotating critical/contextual work and evaluate your own art practice.

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 secured places at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU), The University of Leeds and St Martins, London.

Students who have a strong portfolio have applied directly onto the following courses, Fine Art & Architecture at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU), Architecture at Newcastle University, Architecture at Liverpool Hope University, Architecture at University College London (UCL), Printed Textiles at Bath Spa University, Product Design at UCLAN, Automotive Design at
Aston University.

Exam Board:


Entry Requirements:

At least Two 5s and three 4s at GCSE, including 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 art work. Please contact the Art department by April to arrange this.

Course Type:

A Level

What other subjects go well with this subject?

Digital Photography, Graphic Design, English Literature, Maths, Physics and History.

Interesting Fact:

45% of Fine Art Students continue to study Art & Design after completing their A Levels.

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