Art & Design – Fine Art

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Course introduction

Mike Lowey
A level Art & Design – Fine Art
The Fine Art course promotes an experimental approach using a range of materials including painting, print and mixed media. Observational drawing underpins all Fine Art practice and is an essential requirement for the course. Students engage in practical studio work aimed to further their knowledge and understanding of a range of processes. All practical work is contextualised with research and analysis of artists’ work.




You will be encouraged to further your artistic interests, understanding and skills within a supportive environment, and to explore and develop ideas. During the first year of the course you will build upon your previous experience and develop your understanding and appreciation of a varied selection of art processes. In the second year you will focus on areas that interest you and build an impressive portfolio of work. Although the bulk of materials will be provided, you will be asked to purchase display files and certain core items. These are available from the college shop.

Specific course entry requirements

College entry to include GCSE grade 4 or above in an Art and Design subject or BTEC equivalent. Alternatively by submission of a suitable portfolio and successful interview (please refer to the Entry Requirements section for further details).

How will I be assessed?

The Fine Art course is 60% coursework and 40% externally set examination. All work is internally assessed and then externally verified by an exam board moderator.

What will I study?

Drawing, painting, mixed media and printmaking. You will also be introduced to a wide range of contemporary and historical artists and art forms that will allow you to grow and develop your own style. You will be encouraged to research, experiment and develop personal and innovative pieces of work that will stretch and challenge your individual artistic talents. Visits to galleries, universities and field trips are an integral part of the course.

Pre-course materials

Course activities to prepare for your SJR studies.

Click here for our first release of course materials

Bridging materials

For year 11 students who have applied and joining us in year 12

Where will this course lead me?

Developing your creative understanding can be useful in many fields of learning as well as a range of careers. It is particularly appropriate for advertising, architecture, industrial or product design, history of art, teaching and work in the creative industries. After further study at an art school, Fine Art can lead to careers in design, textiles, fashion or even as a practising artist.
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Where next?
UCLAN – Interior Design

Nurturing rising talent

Our Elective Programme is designed to help you develop your gifts and interests as part of an enhanced level 3 programme. We will help you realise your potential by nurturing your talent and preparing you for study at the most prestigious universities or for progression to competitive higher-level apprenticeships. Your options range from our Honours Programme, which might include following a fourth A level, to specialist Futures Programmes that will support your career goals.

Competitive sport

The college has a number of teams that play as part of the Association of College’s league and are very competitive each year. We play games on a Wednesday afternoon, so this will make up part of your time-table.

There will be trials for male and female football, male and female rugby league and netball on Wednesday 9th September at 1.30pm, meet at the Sports Hall. Following trials will be a pizza and soft drink meeting in the Sports Hall to give you more information on the season. Hockey and Basketball will follow during the first week. Details will be emailed.

  • Male Football
  • Female Football
  • Male Rugby League
  • Female Rugby League
  • Netball
  • Basketball
  • Hockey