Fine Art

Explore the technical and conceptual possibilities of Fine Art.


2 Years


Level 3

Career Sector

Creative & Digital

Available At

Palmer's Seevic

Start Date


Course overview

This course will benefit students who want to explore the technical and conceptual possibilities of Fine Art.

During your first year understanding the visual world by thinking through drawing is crucial; you will also experiment with paint using colour, texture and mark-making to express thoughts and feelings. Your second year will help you to continue developing these skills alongside printmaking, animation, installation and conceptual art.

Upon completion of the course, you will be able to provide written analysis of artworks and institutions with a key understanding of social and cultural contexts. You will also have experimented with a wide range of materials, techniques and processes

Entry requirements

  • Average point score* of 4.5 or above, calculated from all GCSE subjects. Your point score MUST include at least five GCSEs at grade C/4 or above - including English Language or Maths.
    • If your English Language is a D/3, your Maths must be at least a C/4 and vice versa.
  • Grade C/4 or above in an Art & Design or Creative Media GCSE subject preferred.
  • Students who have not taken a GCSE in an Art & Design or Creative Media subject may present a portfolio of work to demonstrate passion, commitment and ability at an acceptable level.

What will I study?

You will study a coursework unit worth 60% of your final mark, with an exam unit worth 40% of the final mark.

You will given practical briefs and assignments, take part in workshops on art and design techniques, and art contextual presentations. You will have coursework set in Year One, which will be tracked and assessed on a continual basis. Your coursework will include individual creative projects that promote the development of your own individual style.

In Year Two, you will work on a personal investigation unit, and an externally set unit.

Why should I choose USP College?

  • Visits to museums and galleries form an important part of the curriculum; previous trips have included V&A, Tate, National Gallery, Royal Academy, Saatchi Gallery, Whitechapel Gallery, British Museum, Hunterian Museum, Wellcome Collection, and Cambridge Museums.
  • An annual residential trip for second year students to a European city such as Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam or Berlin.
  • Tutors have a broad range of industry and teaching experience.

Additional costs

You will be required to provide and care for your own art materials such as brushes, pens, pencils and paints, although materials are provided when participating in technical workshops. Sketchbooks and canvases can be purchased from the college.

Trips will be advertised with plenty of notice, and will require advance payment for travel with pocket money on the day.

What could I do next?

On successful completion of the course you will have the opportunity to:

  • Progress to the Foundation Diploma or HND in Art & Design at USP College.
  • Continue on to university or a specialist Art College.
  • The British art and design industry is respected world-wide and you can progress into a wide range of careers such as Art Therapy, Architecture, Concept Art and Model Making, Interior Design and Animation.

Previous students have studied Architecture at UCL and Norwich, Theatre Design at Rose Bruford College of Theatre & Performance, Fine Art at Goldsmiths and UAL, Illustration at Brighton, Art History at the Courtauld Institute, amongst many others.

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