Art and Design: Fine Art

The Edexcel Level 3 Advanced GCE in Art and Design is suitable for students who wish to move on to study Art and Design in Higher Education, gain future employment in the creative industries or those who simply wish to study the subject further as one of the A Level courses.

“Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties.”

Eric Fromm

Course description

The course will follow the Fine Art endorsement which consists of two components. Component 1 includes three elements: supporting studies, practical work and a personal study of more than 1000 words.

Component 2 includes two elements: preparatory studies and the 15 hour period of sustained focus. During the course you will explore a wide variety of materials, processes and techniques, developing your knowledge of different artists and designers.

You will develop your own ideas based on starting point themes, developing your outcomes based on your individual strengths and interests.

Most students completing this course with an interest in a career in the creative industries move onto complete a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design and then on to an Art or Design related degree course. By the end of the course you will have an extensive portfolio which will support your application for further study.

Entry requirements

As well as the general entry requirements for the Sixth Form, we would recommend that students applying for this course have a grade 5 or above in GCSE Art and Design or an impressive portfolio. You must be willing to work on your own and with others, be self-motivated and able to complete work in your own time, showing growing independence in developing creative ideas and organising your own work.

Ways to help my child succeed

Students will be expected to spend a minimum of two hours per week working on their coursework at home. You can support your child in their studies by ensuring that they have a suitable space to work on their artwork and access to a range of art materials.

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