Art & Design (Fine Art)


This two-year course creatively explores drawing, painting and a diverse range of mixed-media techniques to an advanced level. You’ll develop skills and ideas needed to create original and personal artwork, using first-hand experiences and research.

Level: A Level (level 3)

Course Details

Begin with the end in mind

Fine artist, illustrator, architect, animator, set-designer, museum/gallery worker, and commercial artist.

Art Foundation (pre-degree), fine art, illustration, architecture, art history, interior design, and animation.

Topics you'll cover


  • Observation and recording first-hand experiences
  • Drawing and painting and mixed-media techniques
  • Artist research and analysis
  • Preparatory studies: artist research, visual recording, creative experimentation, and personal ideas development.

Assessment and Qualification

  • Practical portfolio and a personal study (written investigation of 1,000-3,000 words)
  • Portfolio of work, with a 15 hour exam
  • Exam board: Pearson
  • A Level (level three).

Course entry requirements

  • At least five GCSEs at four or above, including English and art
  • Portfolio of drawings recommended.

What students say about the course

"This course has allowed me to experience new techniques, places, and opportunities. We went on a class trip to Barcelona where we explored all of the amazing architecture and artwork that the city has to offer. It really has inspired my future projects and I’m now really excited to pursue a degree in architecture."

Rebecca Talbot, previously at Bitterne Park School

Additional information


The specialist art studio contains a textile print table, lino presses and batik / screen-printing facilities in an open plan environment, including an art history and design library seminar room with access to computers.


You will be expected to purchase sketchbooks throughout the course. You will need to purchase a selection of individual drawing and painting materials for home / independent work and some textile materials. There will be a studio fee of £25 per year to cover the cost of a range of materials, workbooks, specialist papers and coursework books and folders.

If there are any issues with being able to pay these costs, please contact Richard Taunton Sixth Form College. A copy of the course payment breakdown can also be found here: course payment breakdown.