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Art (Fine Art)

Qualification: Art (Fine Art) GCSE
Exam Board/Specification: AQA

Is this course right for you?

You must be artistic and enjoy drawing and painting, modelling and printing. As the second unit is contextual studies you must also enjoy studying the work of other artists and writing your own analysis of it.

What does the course involve?

Lots of practical work plus the study of both traditional and modern artists. You will be required to refine your artistic and innovative skills throughout this course both inside and outside of lessons.

You will work towards achieving this GCSE qualification by completing four extended units of coursework. One of the units is externally set and assessed by the exam board. The nature of this course is such that you are required to produce a wide range of coursework. It is essential that you do not fall behind with this work and if you are absent from the Academy for any reason you will be expected to catch up on missed work as soon as you return. We have Art Club sessions on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3.05 pm – 5.00 pm.

What about coursework and external assessments?

Unit 1 Coursework 60%

You will be given a practical introduction to a range of processes and study other artists’ work. You will learn how to draw, paint and work in a variety of mixed media too. You will also learn how to acquire a solid grasp of computer technique. In your work you will also be taught to pay great attention to detail in your finished work.

Unit 2 Externally-set Assignment 40%

This unit is approached in a similar manner as outlined for Unit 1. You will be given a wide choice of starting points by the examination board. Most of the work will be produced in normal lessons, but will be finished in a series of timed sessions.

Progression opportunities (Sixth Form and beyond)

If you achieve a good pass or above you will be able to progress to study the BTEC Level 3 Art and Design qualification at John Cleveland Sixth Form Centre or other providers. Many of our students go on to successfully study Art at University. Employers and university admission tutors like creative thinkers.

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