A-Level - fine art

Supporting Pupils To Unleash Their Creativity

Exam Board and Specification Codes: WJEC

Why Study fine art?

Studying Fine Art explores pupils’ imaginative, creative, intellectual and intuitive powers. Through research and analysis, pupils learn about the visual world of the past and present, and develop an understanding of the ideas and meanings in the work of artists, craftspeople, and designers across cultural boundaries. Visits to museums and galleries are an important element of the course which enables students to study a variety of original artworks.

As well as having the opportunity to work from a life model and developing their core drawing skills, pupils learn to competently use a range of materials and processes to develop and communicate their ideas, including the use of contemporary technology when appropriate. Drawing and painting skills are the foundation of the subject, but all pupils are encouraged to develop their own interests and directions as their work develops, creating imaginative and individual artworks.

What is Covered by the Course?

The first component of the A-Level year is a personal investigation based on themes and subject matter that have a personal significance, with an accompanying written element.

The A-Level examination is based on three components:


Component 1: Personal Creative Enquiry (100%)


Component 2: Personal Investigation (60%)

  • Part 1: Major in-depth critical and theoretical investigative project/portfolio and outcomes based on themes and subject matter that have personal significance
  • Part 2: Extended written element of 1,000 words

Component 3: Externally Set Assignment (40%)

  • Part 1: Preparatory study period
  • Part 2: 15-hour period of sustained focus work

Related University Courses and Careers?

AS and A-Level Art and Design can be studied for its own sake or can lead to further training and a career related to the subject. It is also valid for those students who may not wish to pursue a future in art and design, but who intend to follow a university degree course in a different subject.

Art and Design helps to develop creative skills that can be used in the workplace:

  • Innovation
  • Creative ability to see and make connections
  • Effectively working individually and with others
  • Critical and logical problem-solving
  • Critical judgement and decisions

Pupils can subsequently pursue potential careers in fine art, graphic design, illustration, stage and costume design, fashion and textiles, teaching, architecture, arts administration, art history, the museum service, and product design.

For pupils applying to Art foundation or degree courses, we offer comprehensive advice on the diverse range of options available. Pupils receive guidance on completing application forms, writing personal statements and compiling portfolios.