This Fine Art course is designed to support you to develop skills in a wide variety of art and design disciplines, including; printmaking, illustration (digital and hand generated), drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, experimental mixed media, photography, animation, metalwork. The course will enable you to broaden your skills set in art and design in order to allow you to create work that is dynamic, rich and exploratory. You will build on existing skills as well as having an introduction to new processes, techniques, and exploratory ways of working within your art and design practice.
This full time Fine Art course is the equivalent to 3 A Levels and will support you to progress into Higher Education, Apprenticeships and employment after its completion. The course is a nationally recognised qualification, endorsed by the exam board UAL (Universities of Art London), who offer guaranteed interviews to their universities for all students on this course. The course is modular, with each project linked to one of 13 units over the two years of the course, there are no exams, and the assessment occurs throughout the course.
The first year of the course will equip you with a wide variety of skills used in art and design practice including practical techniques and experimentation, alongside academic skills such as; research methods, visual language and visual communication skills, analysing images and contextual research into relevant artists and art movements. Throughout the first 6 weeks of the course, you will have an opportunity to explore other areas in art and design such as 3D and fashion and textiles, alongside your Fine Art practice, and you will have access to all the specialist workshops whilst on the course. These include; a printmaking workshop, a printed textiles and exploratory textiles workshop, fashion manufacture workshop, 3D workshop, ceramics workshop and metalwork workshop. Each specialist workshop has a trained and skilled technician available to facilitate with your work.
Alongside the course, there are frequent trip and visits to both galleries and museums, site visits, and trips to gather primary research as well as trips to London and a residential trip abroad in the second year of the course. We encourage you to work on live briefs and competitions linked to the creative industries and we deliver talks from visiting speakers from a wide range of specialist areas within art and design, throughout the course.
The second year of the course structure allows you to consolidate your art and design skills and develop your independence in your art practice, in preparation for progression to Higher Education. You will refine your skills in a more specific area of art and design that you wish to specialise in, as well as further development of both your written and visual skills and your understanding of linking your work to audiences and a professional art practice. We encourage you to be more autonomous in your project work, and support you thoroughly with your progression routes in including university applications, preparation of portfolios and interviews.
5 GCSEs grades grade 4 or above including English Language and an art-related subject or portfolio of artwork.
You could progress onto university. Previous students have studied Fine Art, Painting, Fashion Design, Contemporary Art Practice, Decorative Arts, Illustration, Textile Design, Media Make-up Artistry
Alternatively, on completion of this course students may wish to look for employment within the art and design industry in jobs such as; Advertising art director Animator Antique Dealer Architect Architectural technician Architectural technologist Art editor Art gallery curator Art therapist Art valuer Arts administrator Body piercer Bookbinder CAD technician Ceramics designer-maker Community arts worker Conservator Costume designer Exhibition designer Fine artist Florist Glass engraver Glassmaker Illustrator Jewellery designer-maker Leather craftworker Machine printer Make-up artist Medical illustrator Model maker Museum curator Photographer Photographic stylist Product designer Prop maker Set designer Sign writer Stonemason Tattooist Visual merchandiser