Why Choose Fine Art?
Studying Fine Art at Stonyhurst will allow you to explore a diverse subject that is directly relevant to you and to our ever evolving creative environment in which we live. We actively promote creativity and personal investigation through the exploration of processes and techniques to broaden your skills base trough a supported and inspirational environment.
Our Fine Art course will allow your creative ability to flourish whilst following your own personal journey through a range of practises. Drawing is fundamental to all aspects of Fine Art but can encompass many components and methods such as: Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture, Mixed Media, Fibre Arts and Photography. the breadth of our course enables you to develop conceptual and representative themes such as the figure, still life, landscape and location as well as issues based and religious work.
To study Art & Design as AS/A level it is not essential to have studied it at GCSE level although it is preferable. What is essential is that you possess a dedication and enthusiasm for the subject.
Most practical lessons are taught on a one-to-one basis, but there will be times when the whole group is doing one activity. there will also be the opportunity to work in groups and workshops where pupils can obviously benefit from each other as well as the tutors. Teaching styles will carry according to the activity taking place with our teaching staff having their own subject specialism and experience to help you. Our Art tutors have a breadth of talent, enthusiasm and passion for their subject. We pride ourselves on going that bit further to help each pupil and we can easily be found in the Art Department outside lesson time to give you extra help. We promote independent and personalised thought.
Further important information
We actively encourage you to record your photographic and drawing ideas in sketchbooks to support a wider range of experimental outcomes and development ideas. You will experience a series of workshops in printmaking, construction techniques, colour and the application of paint that will help to extend your skills and enrich your creativity.
Our supportive and experienced staff have expertise in a range of disciplines helping to deliver a diverse and challenging course. We allow you to take ownership of your individual creative but guide your decisions making through development and outcomes.
Higher Education and Career Opportunities
The creative world offers a massive, exciting range of opportunities to students studying Art & Design, such as Fashion, Gallery/Museum management, Graphics, Film and Television Design, Jewellery, Architecture, Furniture, Product Design, Theatre and Stage , Advertising to name a few. Many of our former pupils have gone to prestigious institutions to study art related degree courses. Within our department we will prepare our pupils with a portfolio of their work for Art Foundation and degree level interviews.
Unit 1: Portfolio Unit 50%
A practical project undertaken in response to an externally set brief and carried out under exam conditions. The candidate will address the theme with creativity and individuality to produce a body of work through the media of their choice.
Unit 3: Personal investigation, 25%
Pupils will be given the opportunity to choose their own brief associated with an area of personal interest or significance. This shall include observational work, contextual studies and experimentation of techniques to inform their outcome. Alongside this project pupils will engage in a personal study into an artist or group of artists associated with their project in the form of writing between 1000-3000 words.
Unit 4: Controlled Assignment, 25%
A practical project undertaken in response to an externally set brief and carried out under exam conditions. The candidate will address the theme with creativity and individually to produce a body of work through the media of their choice.