Fine Art

Course aims

Students will be introduced to a variety of fine art processes, techniques and thinking and thinking through traditional and contemporary examples.

Entry requirements

GCSE grade 5 in an art/design based subject or a strong collection of work/images reviewed by a member of the arts team along with an interview.

Course content

Year One

Development year

Exploring a variety of areas within fine art, they will experience a variety of painting and printmaking techniques. Students will be introduced to a variety of new skills and techniques, which give them a strong selection to use in the projects that follow.

Internally set assignment: To prepare for this the students will be given a list of questions that they will produce preparatory work, including research and initial design/development before then sitting a ten hour practical exam in which they will produce the final piece.

Year Two

Component 1

This is a practical investigation supported by written material.

Students are required to conduct a practical investigation, which must be supported by written material. The focus of the investigation must be identified independently by the student and must lead to a finished outcome or series of related finished outcomes.

Component 2

Learners are provided with eight topics/questions from which they choose one to study. They will have a preparatory period to complete work before the summative exam which is 15 hours long in which learners are expected to create a clearly-defined final piece.

Course assessment

You will be assessed by coursework, practical projects and exams.


A set of basic materials will be supplied by Dudley Sixth, although you will be expected to add to this set during the course of your studies. Sketchbook and a research book will be required.


Higher Education in areas such as architecture, fine art, areas of design including furniture and 3D design.