Art (Fine)

Level 3, A Level

Duration: Two Year Course

Location: Benfleet

Course Description

This course will benefit students who want to explore the technical and conceptual possibilities of Fine Art.

During your first year, understanding the visual world by thinking through drawing is crucial; you will also experiment with paint using colour, texture and mark-making to express thoughts and feelings.

Your second year will help you to continue developing these skills alongside printmaking, animation, installation and conceptual art.

Upon completion of the course, you will be able to provide written analysis of artworks and institutions with a key understanding of social and cultural contexts. You will also have experimented with a wide range of materials, techniques and processes.

Modules

You will study a coursework unit worth 60% of your final mark, with an exam unit worth 40% of the final mark.

How Will I Be Taught and Assessed?

Classwork will be mostly practical with an emphasis on experimenting with materials, techniques and processes, so that you can make informed choices of which media to choose when producing outcomes.

Homework is mostly theoretical with an emphasis on analysing artworks and institutions with a critical understanding of social and cultural contexts, and learning keywords and technical terms that will help you develop a language for discussing art and reflecting critically on your own practical work.

Assessment will include verbal feedback and practical demonstration in class, tracking of task completion, and written feedback at least once every half term. There will be a mock exam at the end of the first year, and the final exam will take place at the beginning of May of the second academic year.

Why Should I Choose Seevic College?

  • Visits to museums and galleries form an important part of the curriculum; previous trips have included V&A, Tate, National Gallery, Royal Academy, Saatchi Gallery, Whitechapel Gallery, British Museum, Hunterian Museum, Wellcome Collection, and Cambridge Museums
  • An annual residential trip for second year students to a European city such as Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam or Berlin
  • Tutors have a broad range of industry and teaching experience.

What Could I Do Next?

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On successful completion of the course you will have the opportunity to:

  • Progress to the Foundation Diploma or HND in Art & Design at Seevic College
  • Continue on to university or a specialist Art College
  • The British art & design industry is respected world-wide and you can progress into a wide range of careers such as Art Therapy, Architecture, Concept Art and Model Making, Interior Design and Animation.

Previous students have studied Architecture at UCL and Norwich, Theatre Design at Rose Bruford College of Theatre & Peformance, Fine Art at Goldsmiths and UAL, Illustration at Brighton, Art History at the Courtauld Institute, amongst many others.

General Entry Requirements

Average point score of 5.3, calculated from all GCSE subjects. Your point score MUST include at least five GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above - including English Language or Maths. 

If you achieve English at a Grade C/4, your Maths grade must be a D/3 and vice versa. 

Specific Entry Requirements

Grade C/4 or above in an Art and Design or Creative Media subject preferred. Students who have not taken a GCSE in an Art and Design or Creative Media subject may present a portfolio of work to demonstrate passion, commitment and ability at an acceptable level.

All applicants will be required to present a portfolio of work to a member of our team as part of the interview process.

Additional Costs

You will be required to provide and care for your own art materials such as brushes, pens, pencils and paints, although materials are provided when participating in technical workshops. Sketchbooks and canvases can be purchased from the college.

Trips will be advertised with plenty of notice, and will require advance payment for travel with pocket money on the day.

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