Art (Fine Art)

Course Description

Fine Art is a course for students with a passion for drawing, painting and printmaking, students who want to develop their skill set and push the boundaries within these processes. Many subject matters and themes can be explored within Fine Art and students are expected to eventually nurture their strengths and produce a personal project. The course is demanding of time and requires enthusiasm and drive to enable you to thrive into an independent art student.

Entry Requirements

Students studying three A Levels will be expected to have a minimum of two GCSEs at grade 6 and three GCSEs at grade 5/4, including English Language and Mathematics at grade 5/4 or above. Or eight GCSEs at a minimum of grade 5.

Course Content

Fine Art is created for purely aesthetic expression, communication, or contemplation. It is about challenging the mundane; it is about rising above the banality of everyday life and opening our eyes to a whole new visual language, a whole new way of seeing. It’s emotive, a powerful tool that allows the artist to explore specific feelings of joy, sorrow, angst, outrage, tranquillity, pleasure, pain and exhilaration. This course requires commitment, passion and intellect with a fundamental ability to inspire and a desire to alter and challenge perception. It is a discipline that requires highly developed techniques and skills, which leads to the development of distinctively personal and recognisable practice and style. You must be able to draw confidently and creatively in order to complete this course successfully. You will develop your skills using pencil on paper to accurately render still lives, the human form, architecture and natural form. Once you have explored your topic through closely observed drawing you will then explore a wide range of traditional and digital media, materials, processes and techniques.

You will be actively encouraged to experiment with media and materials; to embrace your work whilst reflecting upon your process, application and progress. Fine Art practise fuels and stretches creativity however, these practical skills are hugely enhanced by contextual awareness and understanding. This understanding of how specific artists and artworks effect, challenge or reflect upon the human condition and our global society fundamentally underpins your creative practise. You will learn how to set out and make the most exquisite visual statements you are capable of creating, while exploring, exploiting and experimenting with a vast array of media and materials.


Component one: Personal Investigation (60% of the final grade) throughout Year one and into December of Year two.

Component two: Externally set assignment (40% of final grade) runs from February to May of your second-year.

Both components are internally assessed and externally moderated. You will also present a portfolio and an exhibition of your work covering both components which is internally assessed and externally moderated.

Enrichment and Work Experience

There is an opportunity to complete a one-week work placement in the summer term. Throughout the academic year there will be several day trips to galleries, artist studios and city visits to gather and practise your observation recording techniques.

Some will be enriching, but for those that are compulsory, travel costs will be met by The Sixth Form. Workshops take place each Wednesday afternoon and they cover all areas of art & design to further develop your creative making skills and broaden your knowledge of art & design.

Additional Information

To support your studies, you will be required to purchase relevant materials as outlined: Kit: £14.0. Includes: double sided tape, masking tape, glue stick, pencils, fine liner, biro, graphite stick, brush set, 3 x large brushes, glue spreader, A5 lino, 3 x sheets tracing paper, 2 x plastic wallets, A2 plastic portfolio.


Links with other subjects:

Fine Art links well with Photography, Art, Craft & Design, Graphic Design, Media Studies and Film Studies.

Future Career Opportunities

Many students go on to study art & design at pre-degree foundation level or a BA degree. Further study and career opportunities include: art & design, art history, surface pattern design, fine art, 3D design, teaching, architecture and museum or gallery curator, as well as wider opportunities in creative industries including fashion and advertising.

Why study at The Sixth Form Bolton?

Throughout your time at The Sixth Form, you will build up an innovative and exciting portfolio of work which will support you in progressing onto university or the world or work. We have excellent progression rates to higher education and well established links with prestigious universities.