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A Level Fine Art

Studying Fine Art at A Level

Introduction by the Head of Art Department:

Exam Board:  Edexcel
Expected Entry Criteria:  Grade 6 or above in GCSE Art

Why study this course?
Art is relevant to a range of careers including design, animation, film, production, fashion design, web design, photography and product design. It will prove a valuable skill in our highly visual, multimedia world. Typically, students go onto Foundation Studies in Art and Design at the highly sought after University for the Arts, London (Wimbledon, Camberwell and Central St. Martins), Kingston University and University for the Creative Arts.

What will I learn?

Drawing and painting skills and the option for life drawing at a venue such as Orleans House gallery. We will also explore print making, mixed media, photography, sculpture and installation art depending on your personal interests! Analytical
skills and how to develop your ideas and your individual, artistic personality.

How will I be taught?

In mixed ability groups initially and in one to one and group tutorials. As the course progresses individual schemes of work are developed through negotiation and discussion with teachers. Individual studio space using primary and secondary
sources. Through discussion, use of exemplar work and assessment linked to the exam board key descriptors for Exceptionally Ability, students fully understand the attitudes and approaches which result in A* work.

How many hours a week private study will I have?

Five hours to include extended work, sketchbook work and visits to galleries. Some of this work can be done in the studio.

Course Description

The A Level course is very open and flexible and the department at Gumley has a long standing and excellent relationship with the board. We actively teach the attitudes of creativity and how to develop original ideas as we firmly believe that creativity is central to our future prosperity. You will build a portfolio of work in Year 12 which is thematic but individual to you. The second year is about maturation and quality.

Component 1: Personal Investigation and a Personal Study of minimum 1,000 words. Component 1 concludes in January of Year 13. This extended period allows you to develop your interests and skills more deeply and to make meaning full
connections with the work of others.

Component 2: ESA (Externally Set Assignment) commences in February with sketchbook-based enquiry into the externally set theme culminating in the 15 hour Sustained Focus Examination.


Component 1:  60%
Component 2:  Examination (ESA) 40%

For more information, contact Mrs M Martin