Fine Art

A Level

Exam Board: A Level Fine Art – AQA

Course Summary

Studying Fine Art will give you the chance to experience both traditional and contemporary methods through a broad range of materials and techniques. You will be encouraged to express your personal feelings and emotions through art, taking inspiration from the work of artists as well as responding to
history and culture.

After studying Fine Art, you will have constructed a professional portfolio which demonstrates transferable skills and attitudes such as problem solving, self-confidence, independent working and visual thinking.

Entry Requirements

  • Studying Art and/or Design at GCSE is advantageous but not essential


This course has a mixture of:

  • 60% Personal Investigation
  • 40% Externally-Set Practical Assignment



  • Technique workshops in drawing, painting and mixed media surfaces
  • Observing composition through collage and creative photography
  • Exploring 3D sculpture and paper manipulation
  • Digital skills in Adobe Photoshop, Wacom tablets and film animation
  • Personal projects with an emphasis development of own Interests and written analysis of artists work
  • A coursework project that focuses on your specialised skills
  • Reflective analysis of own work
  • Studio time on multiple final pieces
  • Verbally discussing contexts and ideas in teacher and peer tutorials
  • An externally set assignment where you select a themed exam question

Why choose this course?

  • Passionate teaching staff, who are artists in their own right
  • Access to the full Adobe Design Suite on all College computers

Extra Opportunities:

  • Art enrichments, trips to London and national competitions

Where might it lead?

The combination of practical and theoretical skills means this course leads to a range of options in further study and employment. Students often choose our one year, pre-degree Foundational Diploma in Art and Design and then go on to study and employment in Architecture, Illustration, Film/Animation and Game Design.


B Flint

"My favourite thing about being a Barton Peveril student is the people. The teachers are always happy to help you, and strive to get you the best grade possible, and the community as a whole is really welcoming!"

Read more about B and some of our other students.