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Art & Design: Fine Art

Learn how to draw from direct observation, to use your imagination and to take photographs to develop your work, as well as 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 develop your own brief, to select artists of your own and to work more independently.

The Art School is open to all Art students during lunchtimes, priority sessions and until 8.30pm on a Thursday night each week. Every 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. Drawing is an essential part of all Art courses, as well as the ability to analyse the work of others, expressing your thoughts and opinions clearly in written form as well as visually. 

This subject is for you

If you don’t mind working hard. You’re 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 be selective, creating displays of your own work in mini pop-up exhibitions. 


  • 60% coursework
  • 40% exam           

Exam Board

  • AQA