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Exam Board and Specification Codes: Eduqas/WJEC GCE A-Level in Art and Design

Studying Fine Art explores students’ imaginative, creative, intellectual and intuitive powers. Through research and analysis, students 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, students 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 students are encouraged to develop their own interests and directions as their work develops, creating imaginative and individual artworks. 

What is covered by the course? 

Year 1 

Component 1 - Personal Creative Enquiry 

The first year of the A-Level Fine Art is seen as a foundation year. This component consists of an extended, exploratory project/portfolio and outcome/s based on themes and subject matter which are personal and meaningful to the learner. The enquiry must integrate critical, practical and theoretical work. The learner will be required to select, evaluate and present work for assessment. Submissions will be assessed through the use of the assessment objectives. A mock exam takes place at the end of the academic year resulting in a final piece. 

Year 2 

Component 2 - Personal Investigation 
Component 3 - Supporting studies and preparatory 

How is it examined? 

Paper 1 - Personal Investigation 
  • Major in-depth critical and theoretical investigative project/portfolio and outcomes based on themes and subject matter that have personal significance 
  • Extended written element of 1,000 words 
  • 60% of the A-Level 
Paper 2 - Externally Set Assignment 
  • Students chose one of the themes on the externally set assignment (from 1 February in the second year of the course) 
  • 15-hour exam is the resolution of learners’ ideas from the preparatory work must be completed during the designated 15 hours and they must show how their planning relates to the outcome/s 
  • 40% of the A-Level 

Related University Courses and Careers? 

This subject can lead to further training and a career related to the subject, and 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. Students 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 students applying to Art foundation or degree courses, we offer comprehensive advice on the diverse range of options available. Students receive guidance on completing application forms, writing personal statements and compiling portfolios.

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