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Art for Architecture

Students will be introduced to a variety of experiences and explore a range of fine art media, techniques and processes.

Candidates should explore drawing using a variety of methods and media and should use sketchbooks/workbooks/journals to underpin their work and realise the importance of process as well as product.

Areas of study will include:

  • Painting and drawing,
  • Mixed media, including collage and assemblage.
  • Photography


  • Appreciation of colour, tone, texture, shape and form.
  • Understanding of pictorial space and composition.
  • Different approaches to recording images, such as observation, analysis, expression and imagination.
  • Understanding the conventions of figurative/representation and abstraction/non-representational imagery or genres.

Knowledge and Understanding

  • How ideas and feelings and meanings can be conveyed and interpreted in images and artefacts.
  • How images and artefacts relate to social, environmental, cultural and/or ethical contexts and to the time and place in which they were made.
  • The working vocabulary and specialist terminology.


  • Tone, line and mark making
  • Scale
  • Observational drawing from man-made and natural forms
  • Thematic work and how to research and develop ideas


Assessment is continuous for the first two terms. An exam project/theme will be set at the end of the Spring term and will be completed during the summer term.

The theme will be an open brief. The project could be tackled in a number of ways, but it must have relevance to the set theme.