Duration 1 year
What will I study?
Fine art is used to communicate ideas and messages about the observed world. The GCSE is a starting point to understanding and developing the practical skills which are essential to understanding how to communicate visually. You will be introduced to formal drawing and painting techniques and these will be the foundation with which you build from. The course is focussed on an introduction to the formal elements of Art and Design and developing these so you can express your own thoughts and ideas about the world in a thoughtful, skilful and appropriate way.
You will have the opportunity to try out a variety of other Fine Art processes including printmaking, basic sculpture techniques and photography. You will also be introduced to a wide range of contemporary and traditional artists and encouraged to follow your own personal interests.
Drawing and other materials processes
Drawing in Fine Art forms an essential part of the development process from initial ideas to finished work; from rough sketches, to diagrams setting out compositions for installations or as part of three-dimensional work. You will get the opportunity to use a variety of tools, materials and techniques to do this, including pencil, charcoal, printmaking, pen and ink, paint, textiles and sculpture.
Contextual understanding and professional practice
An important aspect of the course is to consider the work of artists and use understanding gained from this to inform the progression of your own personal creativity. Research will be conducted from a wide range of sources; for example, from historical works in museums to contemporary art shows and fairs.
You will become familiar with contemporary and emerging concepts and learn how to analyse and critically evaluate fine art work, demonstrating an understanding of purposes, meanings and contexts.
Day visit to Yorkshire Sculpture Park (October).
Day trips: small contributions towards transport.
Sketchbooks; Students will need to buy their own sketchbooks; however we have high quality monogrammed sketchbooks available to purchase at cost price from us. We recommend buying these from the department to ensure that they are of a good enough quality. These range from £5.50 - £7.00.
Starter portfolio pack including basic materials – £10.00 (subject to materials/availability).
Printer Credits – Art is a visual subject and will rely heavily on good quality print outs. Students are given a certain amount of ‘printer credits’, however, they may need to top this up.
The Art Department provides a lot in terms of consumables such as paint, printing ink, glue, fabrics etc. However, you will need to purchase your own paint brushes, pencils, pens, canvases and paper. We buy these in bulk and sell them on at cost in order to keep prices as low as possible. To help with the cost we offer a levy system where students can pay an amount to the art department and have the cost of materials deducted as they go.
The course consists of two components:
Component One (60%) is coursework and will start in September and continue for approximately 2 terms.
Component two (40%) is the exam unit which sets a theme to be explored with a timed test at the end in which you produce your final outcome under exam conditions.
Standard TRC Level 2 entry requirements
Useful Supporting Courses
English GCSE, Media GCSE
If you want to pursue a career in Architecture you will need also Maths and Physics along with an Art based A level. Most of our students progress onto a broad range of Art Degrees at University. These range from Fine Art to Architecture, including Textiles, Interior and Fashion Design, Illustration, 3D Design, Graphic Design, Film and Animation.