Studying Fine Art will introduce you to traditional and up-to-date skills so you can work with knowledge and confidence. You will enhance your technical abilities in drawing, painting, printmaking, and sculpture while you experiment to produce original work and achieve success.
We look at art to understand how people have lived in other cultures and at other times. We also use Fine Art to explain to ourselves what is new and different in the world now.
During this course, we help you see how artists have created new visions through their skills with practical work. The best start for experimentation comes through confidence. You will gain confidence from the success you get with your work. Your practical work will show what you can do with what you have learned. Each piece will be a step forward. We teach you the skills that you can apply to your original work so you can go on to achieve success.
We take you through the whole project process. Planning your work from first ideas and research, through experimentation and development, and on to highly achieved final pieces. On the way, sketchbooks record your thoughts and development. You apply what you learn from looking at art and using techniques in new ways. Your work comes from what you do and what you bring to the course.
An Art related GCSE grade 4 or an assessed portfolio of work.
You will be set regular assignments and projects that will create identified assessment points. These will feed into your progress profile which drives the College Report process and compares you to your Target Minimum Grade which is based on your prior achievements at GCSE level. It also enables us to effectively measure your development and make estimated grade predictions.
This continuous assessment then directs our guidance and support ensuring that your individual learning programme meets your needs.
After one year of this course, you will achieve an AS-Level in Fine Art. If you wish, you can complete a second year to achieve a full A-Level awarded by AQA.
Once you have finished this course, you will be ready to progress on to our Level 4 Creative Enterprise course or study a creative degree at university. Afterwards, you'll be ready to start your career with your fully developed skill set in line with industry expectations and standards.
You will be charged an initial £30 materials fee which will cover some of your printing, paint and ink costs. There will also be some extra costs involved with this course as we will organise trips to exhibitions both locally and to London.
As a Visual Arts student, you will be eligible to participate in the annual International study trip. Recent destinations have been Berlin, Hong Kong, Madrid, New York, Paris and Chicago.
We also recommend that you undertake five hours of home or studio study per week. You will be encouraged to participate in local and national competitions and exhibitions such as the Saatchi Annual Student Awards, the Royal Academy Student Online Summer Show, the pan-Sussex Farley's Yard Art Award and local exhibitions at the Hop gallery, the Depot, Lewes and Southern Rail train stations such as Haywards Heath, Eastbourne and Lewes.