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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 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 choose 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 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.

Exam Board:


Entry Requirements:

At least two 5s and three 4s 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 art work.

Course Type:

A Level

What other subjects go well with this subject?

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

Did you know?

When the Mona Lisa was stolen from the Louvre in 1911, the empty space it left on the wall attracted more visitors than the painting had.


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