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A Level Art & Design: Fine Art

This course offers a range of varied and exciting workshops, to develop skills and knowledge that is fundamental to the world of art and design. You will study how other artists and designers work, developing understanding and critical analysis. The course gradually builds around personal interests, to develop your creativity.

WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE?

Do you enjoy drawing? Would you like to explore a broad range of materials and processes, improve your skills and knowledge, work creatively, see, and understand the world in a different way? This course develops your skills and thinking, either as a personally enriching interest or as a progression towards a career within the creative industries. You will develop key skills and knowledge fundamental to the world of art and design. During a series of workshops you will explore a range of two-dimensional materials and approaches. You will explore how a range of modern and historic artists have communicated ideas through their imagery and techniques. Year two builds on your learning with experimental workshops, encouraging you to take risks and work in new and different ways.

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Start date: 09/09/2024

Course code
ALARTFA24T
Level
Level 3
Location
Truro College
Duration
2 years
Qualification
A Level

TOP COURSE HIGHLIGHTS

think creatively

learn visually

refine skills

practical application

visual analysis

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Practical Workshops

The opportunities to develop practical fine art skills in both observational drawing and drawing to develop ideas. As well as painting, mixed media and printmaking – including lino cutting, dry point and screen printing.

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Friendly and Knowledgeable Staff

The art and design team are friendly, supportive, ambitious, and hardworking. Achievement relies on your attendance, punctuality and commitment to learning, both independently and within lectures.

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Independent Learning

The course is structured to encourage confidence and develop a broader range of preferences and interests. As the course develops you will get the opportunity to explore a range of personal ideas, communicating them through the imagery and artefacts you create.

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

Year 1: You will begin with workshop observation on a range of two-dimensional approaches, including tone, mark making, ink & mixed media, colour theory, painting and printmaking. You will investigate artists ideas through their imagery and techniques, developing an ability to analyse your own and others work.

Year 2: You will build upon your 1st year learning through personally negotiated, coursework project and an exam project. Experimental drawing workshops at the start of the year encourage you to take risks and work in new ways. There is a written element in the second year, strengthening your analytical skills through discussion and written work, preparing you well for Higher Education.

WHERE WILL IT TAKE ME?

A qualification in Fine Art is highly valued by many universities and employers. As a ‘classical’, ‘creative’ subject, it is applicable to almost any specialism within Art and Design education. Progression can include a broad range of careers such as art therapist, architect, interior designer, curator, visual merchandiser, set/prop designer and more. The University Centre Truro and Penwith has Higher Education courses available in Art, Design and Media, Photography for those students who want to continue their studies in Cornwall.

ASSESSMENT ARRANGEMENTS

Component 1: Personal Investigation 

Internally Assessed

60% of A Level

The Personal Investigation consists of a major in-depth, practical, critical, and theoretical investigative project/theme-based portfolio. Learners will be required to carry out an extended critical and contextual analysis (1000-word minimum requirement).

Component 2: Externally Set Assignment 

Internally Assessed

40% of A Level

Learners will be required to independently develop a personal response to one of a varied range of stimuli. Learners will develop their response during a preparatory study period culminating in a 15-hour sustained focus study.

INFORMATION & SUPPORT

Independent practice will be supported through PowerPoints, worksheets and other guides available through our Moodle course. We also provide further support through focused boards on Pinterest. College trips to visit museums and galleries will be offered and we encourage our students to visit galleries both locally and nationally to support their work.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

In addition to general A Level entry requirements, a keen interest in drawing to develop your creativity as a design stimulus and as a means of gathering creative ideas and making them visible is absolutely essential.

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What you could earn

  • Artists
  • Arts Officers, Producers and Directors
  • Textiles, Garments and Related Trades
  • Textile Process Operatives
  • Advertising Accounts Managers and Creative Directors
  • Architects
  • Furniture Makers and Other Craft Woodworkers
  • Other Skilled Trades
Potential Salary

£50,364

Entry Level Salary

£14,159

Average Salary

£27,733

Annual openings in Cornwall

7

Potential Salary

£60,482

Entry Level Salary

£18,822

Average Salary

£34,440

Annual openings in Cornwall

17

Potential Salary

£30,955

Entry Level Salary

£9,188

Average Salary

£21,039

Annual openings in Cornwall

4

Potential Salary

£35,888

Entry Level Salary

£15,618

Average Salary

£24,705

Annual openings in Cornwall

3

Potential Salary

£63,515

Entry Level Salary

£25,514

Average Salary

£36,890

Annual openings in Cornwall

10

Potential Salary

£73,902

Entry Level Salary

£25,802

Average Salary

£42,125

Annual openings in Cornwall

2

Potential Salary

£39,626

Entry Level Salary

£15,119

Average Salary

£26,084

Annual openings in Cornwall

15

Potential Salary

£43,579

Entry Level Salary

£16,697

Average Salary

£30,694

Annual openings in Cornwall

8

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Truro College
College Road
Truro
Cornwall
TR1 3XX

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