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Sixth Form

Art & Design - Fine Art

What does the course involve?

Art and Design- Fine art encourages students to work through a variety of processes to investigate the most effective way to solve an aesthetic problem. These studies, produced in work journal format, research and analyse a wide variety of information linked to the areas being investigated. This involves looking at the work of other artists, experimenting with different media and showing clear developmental processes employed to reach an independent and imaginative conclusion.


AS          100% coursework- personal creative enquiry

A level   Coursework (practical work and an artist investigation including an essay 3,000 words)

               Externally Set Assignment

What qualifications do I need?

Standard Sixth Form entry requirement with a grade ‘5’ or above in GCSE Art.


Materials will be provided, but students will be advised to have a range of their own pencils, brushes and other art materials, including a camera. Sketchbooks will need to be purchased and can be acquired from the department at a reduced price.


The course will be assessed through practical work and an end of course examination.

General Comments

Students should be prepared before and during the course to visit places and exhibitions to see examples of Art, Design and Architecture first-hand. A- Level art requires students to be confident with their drawing skills and regular practise is needed throughout the course to improve the quality of recording images.

Future Prospects

Many of our students go on to follow art and design college courses and whilst others have found employment in a wide variety of art-based careers e.g. graphic design, animation, teaching, working painters and ceramicists, theatre and costume design, product design. An A-level in Fine art shows that you can work independently, think for yourself and have the resilience to face challenges as your project develops.


A class of Y12 and Y13 students answer questions about why they chose the subject, which topics they find most interesting and how the subject can lead to future career opportunities.

Mr McGrath talks to one of his students about why she chose Art, why it is a rewarding choice of subject and what the differences are between AS and A2.


Coast and Vale Learning Trust

About Coast and Vale Learning Trust

The Coast and Vale Learning Trust in Scarborough aims to improve education in the locality through establishing coherent and collaborative practice across schools and other educational institutions in the area.

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