An innovative approach to fine art that will stimulate your curiosity, knowledge and extend your individual skills in visual language to find your own voice. This dynamic course provides you with a broad experience and an opportunity to develop drawing, painting, sculptural, ceramic, photography and digital skills. All of your teachers are part-time professional artists. We start with two-dimensional workshops in oil painting, acrylic and watercolours. You are encouraged to take an experimental approach with materials to develop a good understanding of the creative process. You will also investigate the work of artists to develop your critical thinking and to inform your personal project development. Art students regularly attend exhibitions, and have had success in competitions, working to live briefs and creating commissions. Some have even exhibited in the Saatchi gallery.
A minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4 and above, including Maths and English, with at least two at grade 6. You should have GCSE Art at grade 5 or a Merit in BTEC Art & Design. Outstanding students without these subjects but with a good portfolio of art work and a background in subjects such as Graphic Communication or Textiles may be considered.
This course is a great starting point for students wishing to embark on a Foundation Course, a University Course in Fine Art, Illustration or Graphics, a Vocational Course or employment within the Art & Design field such as Theatre Design. During the course, students will develop desirable transferrable skills that will enable them to create a professional portfolio providing a pathway to whichever journey they choose after their studies here.
Students attend suitable exhibitions, and have had success in entering relevant competitions, working to live briefs and creating commissions, when these opportunities arise.
Component 1 - Coursework:
1. An in-depth critical, practical & theoretical investigative project and outcome/s based on themes and subject matter that have personal significance.
2. An extended written essay of 1000 words, which may contain images and texts and must clearly relate to practical and theoretical work.
Component 2 - Examination:
This externally set assignment component incorporates two major elements: preparatory studies and the practical 15-hour exam. The externally set assignment consists of a series of visual and written stimuli which is selected by the learner and used as a starting point to which students should respond in a very personal way. The practical exam consists of a 15-hour period of sustained focus work where students will create final pieces as a development of their preparatory work.