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Art & Design: Fine Art

During this course, you will learn how to draw from direct observation, to use your imagination and to take photographs to develop your work, as well as occasionally working from secondary sources.

You’ll be introduced to a range of media, processes and approaches, responding to historical and contemporary artists, and working in a range of forms - such as sculpture, painting, drawing, mixed-media, conceptual art, printing, textiles and graphics.

There is an expectation that you be willing to accept challenge, learn from mistakes and take risks.

You’ll learn how to explore ideas - developing personal and meaningful outcomes. Key elements of Art will be explored, such as line, shape, tone, form, colour, texture, pattern, symmetry and balance.

Y10 projects are initially quite prescriptive in nature, however, as you move into Y11 - expect to write your own briefs, to select artists of your own and to work more independently.

The Art School is open to all Art students during lunchtime, priority sessions and until 9.45pm at least one night each week. Each half-term there is a life class you’ll be encouraged to attend. There is an expectation that Art students will spend at least two hours beyond taught lessons each week developing their work.

This subject is for you if:

You don’t mind working hard. You’ll be creative and comfortable working independently. In Art, there is no such thing as right and wrong – so you’ll enjoy exploring ideas and learning to select and cull as you go along.


  • 60% coursework
  • 40% exam            
Subject Level Year Grp Exam Board
Art & Design - FA GCSE Y11 AQA