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Fine Art

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What’s it all about?

This course gives you the creative freedom to develop your skills in drawing and painting as well as a broad range of other media and techniques. Through innovative teaching providing strong exemplar core skills, you will have the opportunity to explore the possibilities of a wide range of materials and approaches with a view to developing your own individuality and creative preference, whether it be for figurative, abstract, or conceptual art. You will be offered considerable independence to investigate and explore such disciplines as drawing, painting, print-making, sculpture, digital photography, and installation. The emphasis will always be on recording from first-hand sources in a contemporary way. You will also study a wide range of works of art in order to gain a knowledge and understanding of the influences of different artists, styles and periods of history.

Studio study will be brought to life through workshops by practising artists and gallery trips locally and to London and there will be the opportunity to visit a foreign city.

Paint brushes and paint on a canvas during a Rookwood School art lesson.

What skills will I need to be successful?

To be successful in art you need to be focused, hard-working and prepared to take risks. Making mistakes is an integral part of the creative process and learning from these and persevering is key. You must pay attention to detail and be patient. Above all you need to have faith in your own ideas and endeavour  to cultivate a strong sense of self-belief in order to produce authentic and original work.

Where can it take me in the future?

A Level Art students can go on to study on a range of Art and Design degree courses, nationally and internationally, and to train in their area of specialisation, before going on to become an artist, designer, architect, or arts professional in a wide variety of specialist areas. The arts and creative industries contribute more than £100bn per year to the UK economy, so creative skills are always in demand.