A-level Art & Design (Fine Art)

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Edexcel A-level Fine Art ignites your creativity and embark on a journey that will redefine your artistic boundaries, all from the comfort of your own space.
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A-level Fine Art online course

If you yearn to push the boundaries and experiment with a range of media, A-level Fine Art is perfect for you. Dive into a world where materials, techniques, and processes converge, allowing you to bring your own pieces alive in imaginative and unconventional ways and learn the various processes and skills that form the bedrock of specialist art and design degree paths.

Nurturing your abilities, this online journey invites you to attain the exact same A-level qualification as you would through any traditional school or college setting by following the  Edexcel syllabus.

Your A-level qualification and bespoke portfolio will become a passport to studying at prestigious universities and with that, a variety of artistic opportunities. Shape your future, whether you choose to pursue higher education or dive straight into a vibrant creative career.

Enrol now on our online A-level Art and Design course, and learn how to hone your artistic talent and express your creativity to the fullest.

What you will learn

  1. Art, craft, and design

    Fine art: for example drawing, painting, mixed-media, sculpture, ceramics, installation, printmaking, moving image (video, film, animation) and photography.

    Graphic communication: for example interactive media (including web, app and game design), advertising, packaging design, design for print, illustration, communication graphics, branding, multimedia, motion graphics, design for film and television.

    Textile design: for example fashion design, fashion textiles, costume design, digital textiles, printed and/or dyed fabrics and materials, domestic textiles, wallpaper, interior design, constructed textiles, art textiles and installed textiles.

    Three-dimensional design: for example ceramics, sculpture, exhibition design, design for theatre, television and film, interior design, product design, environmental design, architectural design, jewellery/body ornament and 3D digital design

    Photography: for example portraiture, landscape photography, still life photography, documentary photography, photojournalism, fashion photography, experimental imagery, multimedia, photographic installation and moving image (video, film, animation).

  2. Fine Art

    • Drawing and painting
    • Mixed-media, including collage and assemblage
    • Sculpture
    • Ceramics
    • Installation
    • Printmaking (relief, intaglio, screen processes and lithography)
    • Moving image and photography
  3. Graphic communication

    You will be required to work in one or more area(s) of graphic communication, such as:

    • Interactive media (including web, app and game design)
    • Advertising
    • Packaging design
    • Design for print
    • Illustration
    • Communication graphics
    • Branding
    • Multimedia
    • Motion graphics
    • Design for film and television
  4. Textile Design

    You will be required to work in one or more area(s) of textile design, such as:

    • Fashion design
    • Fashion textiles
    • Costume design
    • Digital textiles
    • Printed and/or dyed fabric and materials
    • Domestic textiles and wallpaper
    • Interior design
    • Constructed textiles
    • Art textiles
    • Installed textiles
  5. Three-dimensional design

    You will be required to work in one or more area(s) of three-dimensional design, such as:

    • Ceramics
    • Sculpture
    • Exhibition design
    • Design for theatre, television and film
    • Interior design
    • Product design
    • Environmental and architectural design
    • Jewellery/body ornament
    • 3D digital design
  6. Photography

    You will be required to work in one or more area(s) of photography, such as:

    • Portraiture
    • Landscape photography (working from the urban, rural and/or coastal environment)
    • Still life photography (working from objects or from the natural world)
    • Documentary photography, photojournalism
    • Fashion photography
    • Experimental imagery
    • Multimedia
    • Photographic installation
    • Moving image (video, film, animation).

Awarding Body

 

Pearson Edexcel

 

 Edexcel qualifications are internationally recognised and taught in 30 countries around the world, highly valued by employers and universities and enable young people to progress to the next stage of their lives.  Edexcel qualifications suit a range of abilities and include GCSE coursesIGCSE courses and A-level courses.

Recognised through UCAS

ucas registered centre

This course carries UCAS points. This means that it can be used to gain direct access to University courses and other Higher Education qualifications, through the UCAS system.

Course Outcome

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.

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?

Component 1 – Personal investigation: no time limit, 96 marks, 60% of A-level.

Non-exam assessment (NEA) set and marked by the centre and moderated by  Edexcel during a visit to the exam centre. Visits will normally take place in June.

You will be required to conduct a practical investigation into an idea, issue, concept or theme, supported by written material. The focus of the investigation must be identified independently and lead to a finished outcome or a series of related finished outcomes.

The investigation should be a coherent, in-depth study that demonstrates your ability to construct and develop a sustained line of reasoning from an initial starting point to a final realisation.

The investigation must show clear development from initial intentions to the final outcome or outcomes. It must include evidence of your ability to research and develop ideas and relate your work in meaningful ways to relevant critical/contextual materials.

The investigation must be informed by an aspect of contemporary or past practice of artists, photographers, designers or craftspeople.

The written material must confirm understanding of creative decisions, providing evidence of all four assessment objectives by:

  • Clarifying the focus of the investigation
  • Demonstrating critical understanding of contextual and other sources
  • Substantiating decisions leading to the development and refinement of ideas
  • Recording ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions by reflecting critically on practical work
  • Making meaningful connections between visual, written and other elements.

The written material must also:

  • be a coherent and logically structured extended response of between 1000 and 3000 words
  • include specialist vocabulary appropriate to the subject matter
  • include a bibliography that identifies contextual references from sources such as books, journals, websites, studying the work of others made during a residency, or a site, museum or gallery visit
  • Be legible with accurate use of spelling, punctuation and grammar so that meaning is clear.

Students can present the written material as a single passage of continuous text or as a series of shorter discrete, but linked, passages incorporated within the practical work.

There is no restriction on the scale of practical work produced. 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.

The personal investigation will be assessed as a whole. Evidence of meeting the requirements of all four assessment objectives must be provided in both the practical and written material.

Students must identify and acknowledge sources which are not their own.

Component 2 – Externally set assignment, response to an externally set assignment: preparatory time followed by 15 hours supervised work. 96 marks, 40% of A-level.

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. This should be presented in any suitable format, such as mounted sheets, design sheets, sketchbooks, workbooks, journals, models and maquettes. The first three hours of the supervised time must be consecutive.

You will be required to stop your preparatory work as soon as the first period of supervised time starts. You may refer to your preparatory work in the supervised time, but it must not be added to or amended. Preparatory work and the work produced during the supervised time must be kept secure in between sessions of supervised time.

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.

Separate question papers will be provided for each title. Each question paper will consist of a choice of eight questions to be used as starting points; you will be required to select one. You will be provided with exam papers on 1 February, or as soon as possible after that date.

The work produced during the supervised time must be clearly identified as such. You must identify and acknowledge sources which are not your own. Annotation and/or notes should use appropriate specialist vocabulary and be legible with accurate use of language so that meaning is clear.

Preparatory work and the work produced during the 15 hours of supervised time will be assessed together, as a whole, against all four assessment objectives. You will be assessed on your ability to work independently, working within the specified time constraints, and developing a personal and meaningful response.

There is no restriction on the scale of work produced. You should carefully select, organise and present work to ensure that you provide evidence which meets the requirements of all four assessment objectives.

You will not be allowed access to the internet during the 15 hours of supervised time. You will be allowed access to web-based applications, eg Adobe Creative Cloud, however all other internet access must be disabled.

Entry requirements

It is strongly recommended that you have studied GCSE Art before starting this course. The first exams for this course are available from Summer 2025.

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