Curriculum – KS5 Fine Art

About this subject

Examination Board: Edexcel

Units Taken: Fine Art 9FA0

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Course Content

In Fine Art we work broadly and creatively within the realm of fine art media; through the disciplines of painting and drawing, printmaking, sculpture, lens-based image making.

Students follow a dynamic course structure that focuses on skill development, whilst at the same time encouraging the expression of individual creativity.

Students are required to visit a range of contemporary art galleries and museums to support their developing ideas and attend weekly life drawing sessions held on-site.

We offer a biennial school art trip to New York City.

Skills Gained from Taking this Course

The aims and objectives of the Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Advanced GCE in Fine Art are to enable students to develop:

  • intellectual, imaginative, creative and intuitive capabilities
  • investigative, analytical, experimental, practical, technical and expressive skills, aesthetic understanding and critical judgement
  • independence of mind in developing, refining and communicating their own
  • ideas, their own intentions and their own personal outcomes
  • an interest in, enthusiasm for and enjoyment of art, craft and design
    their experience of working with a broad range of media
  • knowledge and understanding of art, craft, design and media and technologies in contemporary and past societies and cultures
  • an awareness of different roles, functions, audiences and consumers of art, craft and design.

St Marylebone Entry Requirements

To gain entry into the sixth form at St Marylebone School, students must gain a minimum of five 9-6 grades at GCSE and a 5 grade in English and Maths GCSE.

Subject Specific Entry Requirements

Grade 6 in Art or Art Textiles GCSE.

Entry Suggestions

Students interested in Art need to have:

  • experience of working with a broad range of media, including traditional and new media
  • analytical and experimental skills; critical and contextual understanding
  • the ability to independently develop their own ideas
  • an interest in, and enthusiasm for art, craft and designIMPORTANT: Students who have not studied Art or Textiles at GCSE are not eligible to study Fine Art or Textiles at A Level.

If you are made an offer, you will be expected to complete the following before your first lesson in September:

1. Go to a gallery and create an A3 gallery sheet including a study in pencil or pen made whilst standing in front of a piece of art that interests and inspires you. Add annotation around the drawing to show ideas and thoughts that go through your mind whilst looking at the work.

2. Take a set of 5 photographs as a response to the theme or composition of the artists’ work that you studied in the gallery. This could involve setting up a scenario and then photographing it or going to a location to take photos. Make sure at least 3 of these photos are close up and show detail of the object/ idea you are investigating.

3. Create one sustained A3 study or response from 2 of these photos (it can be a drawing, painting or a sculpture) in any media that suits you.

4. Self reflection task: Write about which areas of your GCSE work you felt most proud and confident. What went really well? Write about which areas of your GCSE work you struggled with. Where do you need to improve for your AS? What is it that fascinates you and what would you like your art to be about? Create an A3 page with images supporting your writing (minimum of 500 words).

5. Buy or even better make a small sketchbook and create a visual diary over the summer holiday. Try to sketch every day for about 15 minutes. Explore different media and techniques. For inspiration look at the Access Art link:

Resources Needed for this Course:

All resources are provided, but students are asked to pay subs.