Fine Art
Faculty of Art and Design
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Art and Design Level 3 - A Level Centre for Creative Industries 2 years

What is it like to study this course and how will I be assessed?

You will learn how to explore and express your ideas visually, verbally and in written form. Sketchbooks are used extensively to record research and the development of your ideas throughout projects. An experimental approach to the use of media, materials and ideas is encouraged.

This course is ideal if you are passionate about the arts and want to develop your own practice and understanding of the arts.

Most of the work is practical and studio/workshop based. There may also be whole class discussions and lectures on the more theoretical aspects of the course. Your lecturer(s) will work closely with you and you will be encouraged, as the course progresses, to develop your own individual interests. Your work will be assessed informally throughout the course. A final grade is determined by an externally moderated, end of course assessment of the portfolio unit, and the Externally Set Assignment unit for each of the two levels. A high level of motivation is required for the exploration of your chosen theme, development of your skill level within your individual journey.

What topics will I study?

Drawing, painting, printmaking and three-dimensional work are the main areas of study in Fine Art. Theme based projects and assignments are set within which you can develop your practical skills and creative thinking. A typical project will include drawing, the use of a range of mediums and the conceptual expansion of ideas.

Researching and referring to the work of other artists is an important element of the course. You will be given guidance in the study of relevant artists and movements.

The development of your own work requires you to analyse and evaluate your research, practical studies and final outcomes. The emphasis is very much on enabling you to express and refine your own individual response to a theme, through increasingly personal and independent work. You will be required to produce two substantial units of work: a portfolio of coursework, and another which incorporates an externally set assignment, for each level of the qualification, AS and A Level.

What experiences will I get?

There will be opportunities to visit local and national galleries, both contemporary and historical. A trip to Barcelona is planned during the first term.

What are the entry requirements?

Standard entry requirements: Grade 4 in English and 4 in Maths. Plus, you will need six GCSEs at grade 4 or above.
Subject specific entry requirements or recommendations: Grade 6 or above in GCSE Art or a related subject, such as textiles.

What can I study alongside this course?

Any A Level subjects can be combined. A Levels can also be studied alongside a BTEC Level 3 Certificate. It goes particularly well with Photography, English Literature, History, Politics, Music, Media Studies, Film and Video or other arts/performing arts subjects.

What facilities are there?

The Art and Design Faculty has numerous art studios, a print workshop, a ceramics workshop, a 3D workshop, photographic darkrooms, fashion and textile workspace, IT rooms with industry standard software eg: Photoshop, Flash, Motion, Stop Motion Pro and Final Cut Pro software on PCs and Macs.

What can the course lead on to?

You could progress onto a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design and then onto a Fine Art Foundation Degree here at Exeter College. Fine Art A Level is an excellent preparation for Further and Higher Education courses in all Art and Design disciplines. It is also a valid entry qualification, when combined with other relevant subjects, for academic courses in Higher Education. A Fine Art A Level qualification is accepted by leading universities. 

Are there any additional costs?

There are some costs of materials and resources, for an indication of what these might be please click to view the fees for September 2018.

What do our students think?

Please click here to see a video about what students say about this course.

I decided to follow the A Level route because I felt it was more suited to my personality and way of learning and working. My favourite lessons are by far my art lectures; there are so few boundaries, and it's hard not to find inspiration.  After this course, I am definitely going on a gap year, but a goal of mine is to undergo Officer training at the military ground of Sandhurst."

This further education course is free for all 16-18 year olds who are resident in the UK and the European Economic Area for the last 3 years. (You must be under 19 on 31st August in the calendar year that you start your course). For any fee-related queries or further information, please contact the Advice and Recruitment Team on 01392 400444.

College Prospectus

We have a well equipped 3D Wood Working area, a print area for Silk Screen printing and a Ceramics area where students are able to work with clay and plaster.

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College celebrates art gallery space - CLICK HERE to find out more.

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