Art Craft and Design: Fine Art

Head of Department

Mrs Rees

Examining Body


Overview of the course

At higher levels, the artistic journey is not only about acquisition of knowledge and mastery of skills but very much about building independence and resilience in the pursuit of originality. Students focus on one of the specialist areas of painting, sculpture or photography. This is undertaken through broad project headings that cover one of the key artistic genes of portrait, still life or landscape.

Course Details 

The course has three components

  • Unit 1: Portfolio of Work which accounts for 60% of the final grade
  • Related study: a 3000 word analytical and critical dissertation on an area of art that is related to the student’s practical area of study  
  • Unit 2: Externally Set Task, which accounts for 40% of the final grade

For the externally set task students produce work in response to starting points set by the exam board. They then have 15 hours to make a personal response.

Students exhibit their work at the end of their course at the annual summer Art Exhibition.  Students also have the chance to visit local and national galleries to develop critical, contextual and cultural awareness in support of their work.


The production of art work is developmental and teachers comment on an achievements and areas for improvement. Students are required to write a response to the teacher’s feedback explaining either what they have done to improve the work or how they are going to improve it.  If it is not possible to improve the piece of work which may already be completed, students will explain what they have learned and how they will improve the techniques in future developments.

Progress is recorded on grids in pupil sketch books.

The key areas of assessment for KS5 Fine Art are:

  • AO1 Develop ideas
  • AO2 Experiment with materials
  • AO3 Record ideas
  • AO4 Present a personal response with artist link

Possible Career Paths 

Cornwallis Art Department has an excellent reputation for supporting students in their progression to Art colleges and Universities.  The world uses the artist as a provider for everything that is designed. Everything from a perfume bottle to a phone starts its life in the mind of an artist.

The individuality of the artist, the ability to solve problems laterally, the skills involved in planning, making, communicating visually, and expressing uniquely are all in demand in the work place.

The Art and Design industry rivals the communications industry as the fastest growing sector.  The creative industries include: advertising and graphic design, architecture, art, antiques and museums, craft and three dimensional design, designer fashion, film, video, interactive leisure software, the performing arts, publishing, software and computer games, television and radio.  It is therefore not surprising that the creative industries form an important part of the United Kingdom’s economics and offer many job opportunities.