Fine Art (4202)


Candidates should be introduced to a variety of experiences exploring a range of fine art media, techniques and processes, including both traditional and new technologies.

They should explore relevant images, artefacts and resources relating to a range of Fine Art, from the past and from recent times, including European and non-European examples which should be integral to the investigating and making process. Responses to these examples must be shown through practical and critical activities which demonstrate the candidates' understanding of different styles, genres and traditions.

Candidates should be aware of the four assessment objectives to be evidenced in the context of the content and skills presented and of the importance of process as well as product.

Candidates should explore drawing for different purposes and needs.

Candidates may use sketchbooks/workbooks/ journals to support their work where appropriate.

Areas of Study

Candidates are required to work in one or more area(s) of Fine Art, such as those listed below. They may explore overlapping areas and combinations of areas:

  • Painting and drawing
  • Mixed media, including collage and assemblage
  • Sculpture
  • Land art
  • Installation
  • Printmaking: relief, intaglio, screen processes and lithography
  • Lens-based and/or light-based media and new media: film, television, animation, video and photography.

Some areas of study may also be relevant to other endorsements; within Fine Art, sculpture is usually work created in response to a personal idea, theme or intention. In Three-Dimensional Design, sculpture is usually work designed and created for purpose. Film, animation, video and photography methods within Fine Art are usually used to convey a personal response to an idea, theme or issue.

Candidates are required to integrate critical, practical and theoretical study in Fine Art that encourages direct engagement with original work and practice. Where direct engagement may not be possible, the expectation is that work should include appropriate and explicit critical study.

Candidates will be expected to demonstrate practical skills in the context of specific chosen areas of study or any combined areas of study.

Skills and Techniques

Candidates will be expected to demonstrate skills and techniques in the context of their chosen area(s) of study within Fine Art:

  • making appropriate use of colour, line, tone, texture, shape and form
  • using different approaches to recording images, such as, observation, analysis, expression and imagination
  • showing in their work an understanding of the conventions of representational and abstract/ non-representational imagery and genres
  • investigating different ways of working, as appropriate to their chosen area(s) of study within Fine Art
  • providing evidence of an understanding of spatial qualities, composition, rhythm, scale and structure
  • providing evidence of the use of safe working practices.

Knowledge and Understanding

 Candidates must show knowledge and understanding of:

  • how ideas, feelings and meanings are conveyed in images, artefacts and products in their chosen area(s) of study within Fine Art
  • a range of art, craft and design processes in two and/or three-dimensions and traditional and new media and technologies
  • how images, artefacts and products relate to their social, historical, vocational and cultural contexts
  • a variety of approaches, methods and intentions of contemporary and historical artists, craftspeople and designers from different cultures and their contribution to continuity and change in society in their chosen areas(s) of study within Fine Art
  • a working vocabulary and knowledge of specialist terms relevant to their chosen area(s) of study within Fine Art.