Pembrokeshire College, Merlins Bridge, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, SA61 1SZ


Art – Fine Art

Art – Fine Art

Used paint brushes on painting.

A-level Fine Art

This course is intended for those who wish to explore the potential of drawing and painting through observed study. This can be an exhilarating and fast paced experience but it takes a committed attitude to learning and a trust in your lecturers’ advice.

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Is this course right for me?

The Fine Art A-level is delivered by two experienced Art and Design lecturers who are both practitioners. The philosophy of this study is an emphasis on ‘observation’ of the subject, learning to look and understand what is being seen. How this can be translated through the expressive nature of materials and individual investigation of the subject.

  • Five GCSEs at grade C or above (may include one relevant equivalent) to include English Language/First Language Welsh and Mathematics/Numeracy
  • Art grade B (or suitable portfolio of work)
  • Please check the AS Level Options Grid to see if this subject fits into your chosen programme
  • A portfolio/examples of work will be required for this course
  • Each application is considered on individual merit
  • Entry is subject to attending a course information session or informal interview
  • Successful completion of relevant programme (including skills) and decision from progression board meeting

As part of this course you will study and analyse the work of other artists and use this knowledge to enhance and influence your own work. This forms a large proportion of the assessment structure.

Units to be studied will include:

  • Find out what drawing and painting is and what it can be
  • What is good observational study
  • Working in the studio
  • Use of formal elements – line, tone, colour, mark
  • Use of variety of media and techniques
  • Understanding of contextual study
  • Discussion and evaluation of outcomes through critique
  • Expressing ideas and exploring subjects visually
  • Investigating a subject through series
  • Moving from A4 to A1 quickly and with purpose

Learners also complete the Advanced Skills Baccalaureate Wales and are required to develop their essential skills (communication/numeracy and digital skills). Learners will also attend a weekly group tutorial.

You may need to study an additional skills course depending on:
  • the course you are taking at College
  • what grades you gained in your GCSE Maths and/or English Language
Click below to find out what skills course you may be taking at College

Learners are able to complete either the full qualification or certain units or elements through the medium of Welsh/bilingually. Visit our Welsh Language in the College page to find out what else is available to you.

  • Continuous assessment during the course
  • Practical assessment during the course
  • Practical examination

This course can lead to a diverse range of career opportunities in a varied range of businesses including: Advertising art director, Art therapist, Commercial art gallery manager, Community arts worker, Conservator, Exhibition designer, Fine artist, Graphic designer, Illustrator, Museum/gallery exhibitions officer, Printmaker, Secondary school teacher.

If you are thinking about studying at degree level following this course please visit the university websites or UCAS (University Central Admissions Service) to check any entry requirements.

  • Stationery - you will be told about any specific items before you start the course
  • Art materials - you will be told about any specific items during or before you start the course
  • A memory stick/a small portable USB hard drive
  • You may be eligible for funding. Find out more on our student finance page

Any costs above are approximate and may change.

  • No tuition fee
  • We are waiving the Administration Fee for the academic year 2024/25
  • There may be trips/expeditions required or optional as part of this course
  • You may be eligible for funding. Find out more on our student finance page

Any costs above are approximate and may change.

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Sports Academy: While on this course you may be able to join our Sports Academy, if you have a talent for sport, find out what we offer on our Sports Academy page.

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Last updated: 24/10/2023
The College takes all reasonable steps to provide the educational services and courses as described above. Details are correct at the time of editing but may be subject to change without prior notice. Courses will not run if student numbers are insufficient. The College has the right to refuse individuals entry to courses in certain circumstances. Prospective students may be advised of more suitable alternatives, if appropriate. The entry requirements stated are those that are normally required to undertake the programme of study.
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