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Fine Art students study drawing, painting, printmaking, photography and mixed media.  The work of other artists/designers and crafts people from contemporary and historical context is used to inspire and inform. Students will complete 2 practical projects, formal essays, skills workshops and gallery visits. In Year 11 students will complete an externally set assignment ending with a practical exam. They will then go on to display artwork in the GCSE exhibition.  

Students opting for GCSE Fine Art need to be highly motivated, creative, and able to work independently on practical work and written critical analysis.  We expect students to research and resource projects, and visit exhibitions and galleries.  Students will also be expected to spend time after school and at home working on their artistic projects. Students may discuss their suitability for the course with their teacher.


Component 1 Marked out of 96 worth 60%

Portfolio containing 2 extended projects; including preparatory studies, visual and written research, sketchbooks and final pieces, in addition to workshops, gallery visits and independent study.  

Component 2 Marked out of 96 worth 40%

Externally Set Task beginning in January of Year 11, including a 10 week preparation period, then 10 hours supervised time to produce a final piece under exam conditions.

Further Education and Career Opportunities:  

Students may go on to study A Level Fine Art at Brookfield Sixth Form or local colleges offer a range of Art based courses at all levels.  After studying A Level students may progress to a University Degree or Collage Art Foundation.

Art related career opportunities include:  architecture, fine artist, illustration, graphic design, photographer, advertising, furniture design, journalism, product design, jeweller/silversmith, textiles, ceramics, museum/gallery curation and technical support, teaching, art therapy, fashion, computer games design, animation, concept artist, TV and film, theatre/costume design, interior design and many more.

Examining Board:



Mr Fallon