Fine Art requires engagement with aesthetic and intellectual concepts through the use of traditional and/ or digital media, materials, techniques and processes for the purpose of self-expression, free from external constraints. Fine Art may be created to communicate ideas and messages about the observed world, the qualities of materials, perceptions, or preconceptions. It can also be used to explore personal and cultural identity, society and how we live, visual language, and technology. Fine Art allows us to consider and reflect on our place in the world, both as individuals and collectively. Drawing in Fine Art forms an essential part of the development process from initial idea to finished work; from rough sketches, to diagrams setting out compositions, to digital drawings used for installations or as part of three-dimensional work. You will use a variety of tools, materials and techniques, as appropriate, for recording your surroundings and source materials. You will consider the application and implications of new and emerging technologies that can be used in conjunction with traditional and digital Fine Art materials. For the purposes of this qualification, Fine Art is sub-divided into the following three disciplines: Painting and drawing • Print making • Sculpture You will be required to work in one or more of the disciplines to communicate your ideas. By working across disciplines, you will extend your understanding of the scope of Fine Art; by focusing on one discipline, you will gain a deeper understanding of specific processes within Fine Art.
The course is portfolio based and each unit is given a weighting of 25%. At the start of year one you will receive an assignment brief detailing the tasks and criteria to be met. At the end of each portfolio of work you will receive a mark with written feedback detailing how to progress to the next grade. At the end of year two you will receive an externally set assignment. Part of these assignments will be taken under examination conditions in a 15 hour exam.
GCSE grade 5 or above, BTEC First Diploma, Distinction or above, in a related Art and Design subject, or submission of portfolio of work.