Fine Art

A-Level Fine Art

Welcome to this webinar on the Fine Art A-level course.

Art and Design (Fine Art) (9FA0) Edexcel

60% coursework

40% externally set exam

Coursework overview

Fine art requires engagement with aesthetic and intellectual concepts through the use of traditional and/or digital media, materials, techniques and processes for the purpose of self-expression, free of external constraints. Fine art may be created to communicate ideas and messages about the observed world, the qualities of materials, perceptions, or preconceptions. It can also be used to explore personal and cultural identity, society and how we live, visual language, and technology. Fine Art allows us to consider and reflect on our place in the world, both as individuals and collectively.

There are a range of processes that you will have the opportunity to work with throughout the A-level course including drawing, painting, printing making, photography, textiles and sculpture. You will also develop your contextual understanding and professional practice throughout the course and be required to write a 3000 word essay during year 13.

Drawing in fine art forms an essential part of the development process from initial idea to finished work; from rough sketches, to diagrams setting out compositions, to photography, to digital drawings used for installations or as part of three-dimensional work. You should use a variety of tools, materials and techniques, as appropriate, for recording your surroundings and source materials.

Contextual understanding and professional practice, for fine art, can be found in a wide range of sources; for example, from historical works in museums, contemporary art shows and fairs, an exhibition at a local gallery,  films, architecture, music, literature and nature. You will develop your knowledge, skills and understanding when undertaking work in fine art to help develop and inform your work. You should attend at least one of the above while studying this course to help inform your work and develop your knowledge of the subject.

Externally set exam overview

This component will low you the opportunity to generate and develop ideas, research primary and contextual sources, record practical and written observations, experiment with media and processes, and refine ideas towards producing personal resolved outcome(s) in response to a theme.

Further education after studying art. 

Students typically go on to study Architecture, Graphic Design, Fashion, Interior Design and Product Design at University. However students can also go on to complete courses in 3D, Fine Art, Art therapy and teaching. PGCE tutors and lecturers at University within their specialist fields is also available after completion of a Masters.  

Key contact: Curriculum Leader: Mrs F Loughrey (