Art - Fine Art (AS/A Level) | New College Courses

Art - Fine Art (AS/A Level)

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·      The Course  

This is a highly practical course which allows you the opportunity to follow a broad and balanced study of fine art, drawing, painting, printmaking and 3D.


The course relates fine art theory and its various disciplines into practice, and allows you freedom of expression and creativity.


You will follow an exciting and varied programme of work in painting and drawing, printmaking, 3D and mixed media as well a modern techniques in photography, digital application and animation.  Fine Art offers individuals the opportunity to explore both traditional forms of art in a range of techniques with contemporary subject matters.


·      Where It Will Lead

 It will allow direct access to courses including Foundation Diploma courses, Degrees, Higher National Diplomas and a wide range of careers, for example: Graphic Design, Packaging Design, Illustration, Photography, Textile Design, Fashion, Interior Design and Careers in the leisure, art and creative industries.


·      Course Requirements

You should have a grade 4 or GCSE Grade C or above in English, and preferably a GCSE in Art.  If you have not taken Art at GCSE, you should present a portfolio or examples of work you have done in your own time.  Our Art tutors can then advise you on your suitability for the AS/A Level course. In order to progress onto the second year of this course (A2) you must have an AS grade D or above.


You should have an enthusiasm for researching new topics, an inquiring mind and a willingness to take responsibility for your own learning as the course is designed to encourage these skills.


You should demonstrate a keen interest in, and an enjoyment of, drawing, painting, sculpture and printmaking as well as a high level of commitment and enthusiasm is essential.


*Please note that these entry grade requirements may differ to those published in the 2017 prospectus.  Grade requirements as detailed here and on the website should always be used as the most accurate and up-to-date ones.


·      Study Programme & Assessment

 AS/A Level units are:

AS: Externally Set Task. In the first part of the AS, you will produce practical responses based on the work of other artists. The set task is given to you in January where you respond to set questions in your preferred art discipline. This course only has one unit for assessment at AS.


A-Level Unit 1: Personal Investigation. Building on your skills at AS you will produce a final outcome which can be a 3D exhibition model complete with an animated digital poster, an online guide, and a related study, which can take the form of a written essay (60% of A Level ).

A Level Unit 2: Students independently develop ideas to set questions through sustained and focused investigations. You can now demonstrate your maturity in responding to a set question (40% of A Level).

  • Time

 The normal college allocation for an AS/A Level course is a maximum of five hours per week over two years, although you should spend additional private study time in the studios.


You can do more hours also by taking some of the eXtras in NCFE Life Drawing, Textiles, Embroidery & Surface Decoration, Fashion and the AQA Extended Project in Art History.


·      Facilities

 There are very good studios with facilities for Drawing and Painting, Textiles & Fashion, Printmaking, Graphic Design, 3D and Photography.  Multi-media/CAD facilities are available.


·      Expenses

You will be asked to pay a studio fee of £40 at the very beginning of your course.  This contribution assists with, exhibition costs, subsidised trips, use of consumables during workshop sessions (paper, ink, paint dyes, silkscreen preparation, glazing, firing, clay, machine equipment wear and tear, threads, beads, fabric samples etc).


You will need to pay for the materials required for mini projects and final outcomes.


Some materials and sketch books are available from the Art Department technicians at a subsidised cost.  Also, Art sales occur on a termly basis (Artway).   A kit and price list will be made available prior to commencing the course.  


·      Visits

 We organise regular visits to major museums, galleries, art events, and exciting location work and you are asked to pay the reasonable costs of entrance and travel. 


Recent visits have included the Tate Britain and Tate Modern, Royal Academy, Saatchi Gallery, National Gallery, Hayward Gallery, and Art study trips abroad to Barcelona, Florence, Venice, Sienna, Sorrento and Rome.  Residentials in London for your A2.   You are also encouraged to visit exhibitions and galleries in your own time.


·      Other Details

 You will need access to a camera to take your own photographs for secondary research purposes and a USB memory stick.

To enhance your portfolio and skills base, it is strongly recommended that students opting for this course should also enrol on a “Creative Craft” course alongside the AS/A Level (see info. sheet NC699).


·      Further Information


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