Fine Art

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Fine Art

This course is for students interested in pursuing fine art (drawing and painting, mixed media and printmaking). There is the opportunity to use ICT (digital photography and Photoshop) either as a way of developing ideas or as final artwork.

Examination Board AQA-Advanced GCE

Specification Number 7202 

Sixth Form > Our Pathways

Fine Art

This course is for students interested in pursuing fine art (drawing and painting, mixed media and printmaking). There is the opportunity to use ICT (digital photography and Photoshop) either as a way of developing ideas or as final artwork.

Examination Board AQA

Specification Number 7202 

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  • Course Overview
  • Entry Requirements
  • Assessment Information
  • Progression Route
  • How do I prepare?

Course Overview

This course is for students interested in pursuing fine art (drawing and painting, mixed media and printmaking). There is the opportunity to use ICT (digital photography and Photoshop) either as a way of developing ideas or as final artwork.

 
This specification is designed to encourage you to:
  • Develop your personal interest in; and enjoyment of; the study of fine art.

  • Develop personal responses to ideas, observations, experiences, environments and cultures.
  • Work from your own strengths and interests.
 
Course Leader of Fine Art

Ms Measures

Entry Requirements

Sixth Form Entry Criteria: 

A minimum of 5 9-5 GCSE grades, which must include a grade 5 or above in either English Language or English Literature. 

 
Special Entry Requirements:
  • GCSE in Art & Design 5+

 

Students must be prepared to work long hours outside lesson time to regularly review the topics covered.

Assessment Information

There are 4 components; two each year.
 
Year 12 Component 1: Portfolio

The emphasis of this component will be on the development of understanding and skills using an appropriate range ofmaterials, processes and techniques.

 
Year 12 Component 2: Mock examination

A set assignment with a choice of topics. Preparatory period – 8 weeks with supervised final piece – 10 hours

 
Year 13 Component 1: Personal Investigation

This is a practical component supported by written material. Students are expected to develop a personal investigation based on an idea, issue, concept or theme leading to a final outcome. This may be a finished single outcome or a series of related finished outcomes. This should demonstrate the student’s ability to sustain work from an initial starting point to a realisation. It should include evidence of their ability to research and develop ideas and link their work in a meaningful way to relevant critical/contextual materials.

 
Year 13 Component 2: Externally Set Assignment

Students will be provided with examination papers on 1 February, or as soon as possible after that date: Preparatory work should be presented in any suitable format, such as mounted sheets, design sheets, sketchbooks, workbooks, journals or models.

  • Choice of eight questions to be used as starting points. Students are required to select one.
  •  An externally set assignment with a choice of 8 topics. Lead-in Preparatory period – 10 weeks with supervised final piece – 15 hours
Assessment Marks Value
Component 196 Marks60%
Component 296 Marks40%

Non-exam assessment (NEA) set by AQA, marked by the centre and moderated by AQA during a visit to the centre. Visits will normally take place in June.

Progression Route

A significant number of students choose to continue their Fine Art studies to degree level. A popular route is through aFoundation course which leads on to a range of specialised Art related degree courses. Previous students have been accepted on Degree courses to study textiles, graphics, product design, architecture, 3D design, animation and fine art.

How do I prepare? 

Recommended Reads
1001 Paintings you must see before you die Stephen Farthing
How to look at a Painting Francoise Barbe-Gall
How to look at Art Susie Hodge
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Aesthetic Magazine Explore Website
My Modern Met Explore Website
Art Land Explore Website
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Course Leader of Fine Art
Ms Measures sarah.measures@woodgreenacademy.co.uk