Art & Design (Fine Art) A Level


This is a practical Fine Art course giving students the opportunity to develop an appreciation of the visual world and to respond to it in a personal and creative way. Emphasis is placed on developing visual language skills through drawing, painting, sculpture and printmaking and much of the work is based directly on observation.

Reigate College students have an excellent record in gaining places at Art College and university, potentially leading to a career within the creative industries. There are many students who take the subject for their own interest to further develop their visual recording and analytical skills and to complement other less practical subjects. 

Many students go on to gain places at the UK's top universities (including Oxbridge) to study non-art related degrees, having taken A Level Art & Design as one of their three A Levels.

Take a look at some students' work in the Fine Art Photo Gallery.

Each summer the upper sixth students have the opportunity to see their work exhibited in the Art, Graphics and Photography Exhibition.


What goes well with this course?

A Level Art is an extremely rewarding course, however students should be aware that many projects involve a high degree of independent work outside the classroom. It is therefore advised that students select a programme of study which contains a balance of exam-based and practical coursework subjects. If students intend to apply to Art College they could combine Fine Art with Photography, Graphic or Product Design or Fashion and Textiles, but they should only choose one of these practical subjects in addition to Fine Art.


Many students go on to study at Art College or university and do courses including:

  • Fine Art
  • Graphic Design, Illustration
  • Fashion Design, Theatre Design
  • 3D Design, Digital Animation and Games Design
  • Architecture and Interior Architecture
  • Interior Design
  • Fine Art Conservation
  • Advertising and Packaging
  • Marketing and Branding

Students take up places on a variety of Art Foundation courses at institutions such as:  Central St. Martins, East Surrey College; UCA: Epsom, Farnham, Canterbury; UCL: Camberwell, London College of Fashion, or enrol directly on to degree courses including: Canterbury, Chichester, Kingston, Bournemouth, Leeds, Cardiff, Falmouth, London College of Fashion and Nottingham Trent. Students who want to go straight into the workplace have been successful in securing apprenticeships and internships in the creative industries.

Many students go on to study a broad range of non-creative degree courses, at the UK's top universities (including Oxbridge), having taken A Level Art & Design as one of their three A Level choices.   

Progression advice is given throughout students' time at College.

Course Content

The course covers a wide range of topics; students will learn how to:

  • Develop ideas and demonstrate analytical and critical understanding
  • Explore with resources, media, techniques and processes, reviewing and refining ideas to commicate ideas and meanings
  • Record ideas and insights and learn how to reflect on work and progress
  • Present a personal and meaningful final piece

In preparation for the first year of this course, please take a look at our Starting with Confidence leaflet, which will give you a head start when you begin the course in September.

Educational Experiences

Art students will have the opportunity to take part in a variety of course specific trips, visits and experiences. In the last couple of years, these have included visits to:

  • Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum and the Museum of Modern Art 
  • Exhibitions at London galleries such as: The National Gallery, National Portrait Gallery, Saatchi Gallery, Tate galleries, Royal Academy
  • Kew Gardens
  • Turner Gallery in Margate
  • Chichester and the Pallant House Gallery
  • New York galleries such as: Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), Metropolitan Museum of Art, Guggenheim, New Whitney

In addition to course specific experiences, students also have the opportunity to get involved in the College’s:

Activities Programme and Guest Speaker Programme.


The exam board for Art & Design (Fine Art) A Level is Eduqas.  

Entry Requirements

All students need to have at least five GCSEs at Grade 4 or above (and a satisfactory school reference) in order to be accepted on an A Level/BTEC Level 3 Programme. 

 In addition, students should meet the following minimum GCSE requirement:  

  • Grade 5 in GCSE Art or Graphic Design

How to Apply

Applications for entry September 2018

The application form for the academic year 2018-2019 is available to download here.

Students from non-partner schools must return their forms directly to Reigate College, NOT their schools. All applications will be considered according the College's Admissions Policy.

Students from partner schools (Reigate, Warwick, de Stafford and Oakwood) should return their completed Partner Schools Application Form to their school. 

The initial cut-off date for applications for entry September 2018 is 1st November 2017. A student's chances of obtaining a place are higher, the earlier the application is made. Students who apply after 1st November 2017 will be placed on a waiting list.

Please see the Admissions timetable for information about the College’s enrolment process.

Download Course Leaflet

Download the A Level Art & Design (Fine Art) information leaflet.

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