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Overview

Fine art requires engagement with aesthetic and intellectual concepts through the use of traditional and/or digital media, materials, techniques and processes for the purpose of self-expression, free of external constraints.

Fine art may be created to communicate ideas and messages about the observed world, the qualities of materials, perceptions, or preconceptions. It can also be used to explore personal and cultural identity, society and how we live, visual language, and technology.

Key Facts

Start Dates:

  • 3 January 2023
  • 11 September 2023
  • 8 January 2024

Colleges:

  • Oxford

Entry level:

  • Academic: Completed 10 years of schooling (GCSE or equivalent)
  • English: IELTS 5.5 or equivalent

Minimum age:

  • 16

Length:

  • 2 Academic Years (3 terms)
  • We also offer entry from Year 12
  • One year programme available at part of the fast-track Art pathway in Oxford

Lessons:

  • Average 7 hours per week for each A-level subject (plus homework and private study)

Class size:

  • 4-10

Learning outcomes

  • Gain UK national university entrance qualification
  • Raise English to university level
  • Develop study skills required at degree level
  • Develop specialist subject expertise

Areas of study

Course content

Disciplines within fine art

For the purposes of this qualification, fine art is sub-divided into the following four disciplines:

  • painting and drawing
  • printmaking
  • sculpture
  • lens-based image making.

Students will be required to work in one or more of the disciplines to communicate their ideas. By working across disciplines, they will extend their understanding of the scope of fine art; by focusing on one discipline, they will gain a deeper understanding of specific processes within fine art.

Drawing and other materials processes

Drawing in fine art forms an essential part of the development process from initial idea to finished work; from rough sketches, to diagrams setting out compositions, to digital drawings used for installations or as part of three-dimensional work.

Students will use a variety of tools, materials and techniques, as appropriate, for recording their surroundings and source materials. Students will consider the application and implications of new and emerging technologies that can be used in conjunction with traditional and digital fine art materials.

Contextual understanding and professional practice

Contexts for fine art can be found in a wide range of sources; for example, from historical works in museums, contemporary art shows and fairs, an exhibition at a local gallery, films, architecture, music, literature and nature.

When undertaking work in fine art, students will also engage with:

  • concepts such as figuration, representation and abstraction
  • how the formal elements evoke responses in the viewer
  • various forms or presentation in fine art and the ways that audiences may respond to or interact with them
  • sustainable materials and production processes in the construction of work
  • the potential of collaborative working methodologies in the creative process


Typical A-level subject combinations with Art and Design (Fine Art)

Sample enrichment activities

  • Photography Club
  • History Film Club
  • Trinity Arts Awards
  • Current Affairs and News Club
  • Debating Society

Sample academic calendar (2023-2024)

Year 1

Sept

11th: term starts
Student induction

Oct

23 – 27th: half term
Progress tests

Nov

University fairs and talks

Dec

15th: term ends
End of term exams

Jan

8th: term starts

Feb

15th – 16th: half term
Progress tests
University fairs

Mar

End of term exams
22nd: term ends

Apr

8th: term starts

May

Progress tests

June

Exams
14th: term ends

Year 2

Sept

9th: term starts

Oct

21st October – 1st November: half term
15th October: UCAS deadline (Medicine)
Progress tests

Nov

University fairs and talks

Dec

13th: term ends
End of term exams

    Jan

    6th: term starts
    15th January: UCAS deadline (other subjects)

    Feb

    13 – 14th: half term
    Progress tests

    Mar

    21st: term ends
    Mock exams

    Apr

    7th: term starts
    Progress tests

    May

    Final exams

    June

    13th June: term ends

    Degree progression

    Many students who do Art and Design (Fine Art) at A-level use their qualification to do a degree in Fine Art or a related subject.

    A Fine Art degree is useful for a number of jobs, including advertising art director, art therapist, commercial art gallery manager, community arts worker, conservator, exhibition designer, fine artist, graphic designer, illustrator, museum/gallery exhibitions officer, printmaker, art teacher.

    Example degree courses which require or accept Art and Design (Fine Art) A-level include:

    • Fine Art 
    • Photography
    • History of Art
    • Art and Design
    • Fashion Design
    • Graphic Design and Illustration

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