Fine Art

Course aims

On this course learners explore a range of fine art media, techniques and processes through traditional and modern approaches. They develop ideas for painting, prints and sculptures in response to contemporary and historical examples.

Entry requirements

There are two pathways onto the fine art A Level:

Option one

Grade 6 in an art and design based subject or distinction at BTEC Level 2. Applicants will also require a portfolio when attending interview.

Option two

Applicants may be accepted without an art and design based GCSE or BTEC by providing a strong portfolio of relevant practical work at interview.

Course content

Year One

A skill-building year where learners will have the opportunity to explore new materials and progress through various short projects. These skills will provide learners with a strong basis to build on in the second year. There is no formal exam in the first year, but ongoing assessment throughout.

Year Two

Component 1 – Personal investigation

In this unit there is a written component in which candidates develop a personal investigation based on an idea, issue, concept or theme leading to a finished piece or pieces. Learners pick a theme or idea and produce a range of work based on this, showing their critical thinking skills and ability to research in depth. Accompanying text supports the practical work and explains the learners thought process which must be no less than 1000 and no more than 3000 words.

Component 2 – Externally-set assignment

Learners are provided with eight topics/questions from which they choose one to study. The summative exam is 15 hours long and learners are expected to create a clearly-defined section of work that makes up a whole, leading to a finished piece or pieces.

This course gives you the opportunity to broaden your skills in this area, experience new artists/designers and visit new galleries.

Course assessment

Dudley Sixth staff grade these units before the marks are externally-verified.


Extensive use will be made of the Internet and relevant websites will be an important source of material to study this course. Most paper, paint and other media and materials are provided by Dudley Sixth but learners should have a basic kit for independent study (Tutor to advise).


BTEC Foundation Diploma in art and design, HND/Foundation Degrees in fine art or teacher training qualifications. Career options include illustrator, fine artist, museum curator, multiple design areas and any jobs that require evidence of creative thinking skills.