What you will learn
Unit 1 - Contextual understanding and professional practice
- Concepts such as figuration, representation and abstraction
- How the formal elements evoke responses in the viewer
- Various forms or presentation in fine art and the ways that audiences may respond to or interact with them
- Sustainable materials and production processes in the construction of work
- The potential of collaborative working methodologies in the creative process
- Disciplines within fine art
Unit 2 - Painting and drawing
- Characteristics of materials such as plasticity, opacity, translucence, malleability and transparency
- Properties of colour, such as hue, tint, saturation, tone and colour perception
- Materials such as graphite, wax crayon, oil pastel, soft pastel, aquarelle, charcoal, ink, chalk, conté crayon, gouache, watercolour, acrylic paint, oil paint, dyes and computer software
- The use of a range of tools, such as artists’ brushes, decorators’ tools, knives, sponges, digital software, fingers, card squeegees, scrapers, sticks, found objects and natural forms
- The potential for exploring combinations of materials, such as combining drawn and painted elements, collage, found objects, including inert materials to add textures or impart meaning.
- Print qualities and how they result from different printmaking tools, materials and processes
- Printing processes such as screen printing, intaglio printing, relief printing.
- Producing forms in three dimensions, utilising volume, space, materials and movement
- Modelling techniques such as the manipulation of plastic materials such as clay, plaster or wax using hands, tools or using 3D software
- Carving techniques such as cutting and abrading
- Construction techniques such as fixing or joining materials such as card, metals and plastics, using processes such as soldering, brazing, welding, glueing, jointing, riveting, bolting and 3D printing
- Materials such as wood, stone, plaster, leather, clay, textiles, card, plastics, wax, recyclable materials, ready-made and found objects/materials.
Unit 5 - Lens-based image making
- The production processes of artworks in a range of lens and time-based media, such as mixed media, installation, site-specific, montage, digital, film and video, animation and sound
- Elements that can contribute to lens-based image making such as lighting, sets, environments and sound
- Qualities and functions of various film and video formats
- Editing, including knowledge of the variety of ways in which images might be juxtaposed to create appropriate effects
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Recognised through UCAS
This course carries UCAS points. This means that it can be used to gain direct access to University courses and other Higher Education, through the UCAS system.
Prepare to embark on a journey that transcends the ordinary, as A-level Fine Art at Oxbridge becomes your gateway to an awe-inspiring world of creativity, innovation, and boundless potential.
Unleash your imagination with the perfect blend of hands-on practice and theoretical insights. This course is your launching pad to an array of captivating avenues in both education and the professional realm.
You’ll open doors to realms including architecture, illustration, film & animation, and game design, with your artistic prowess the driving force behind your aspirations.
This course isn’t just a stepping stone; it’s the cornerstone of your creative journey. Whether you’re set on higher education or ready to dive headfirst into a dazzling array of careers, the possibilities are endless.
Picture yourself as a Fine Artist, breathing life into your canvas; a Textile Designer weaving stories through threads; a Graphic Designer crafting visual narratives that resonate; an Interior Designer shaping spaces that inspire; an Illustrator capturing imaginations with every stroke. The list is endless.
Embark on a course that isn’t just about learning, but rather enables you to discover the boundless dimensions of your creativity. Elevate your passion, amplify your skills, and set sail on an artistic odyssey that promises to reshape your future.
Study A-level Fine Art and embark on a journey that’s truly extraordinary.
How is this course assessed or examined?
This course commences on 1st October 2023.
Component 1 – Personal investigation: no time limit, 96 marks, 60% of A-level
Component 2 – Externally set assignment: preparatory time followed by 15 hours supervised work
There is no restriction on the scale of work produced during this time. In the 15 hours, students must produce a finished outcome or a series of related finished outcomes, informed by their preparatory work. The first three hours of the supervised time must be consecutive.
Students should carefully select, organise and present their work for their personal investigation to ensure it is well structured and provides evidence that meets the requirements of all four assessment objectives.
It is strongly recommended that you have studied GCSE Art before starting this course.