Key Stage 4 Art & Design

What will I learn about?

The Art & Design GCSE is a broad-based course which provides an excellent foundation for a diverse range of design-related and creative careers. It involves a wide variety of activities including drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking, digital photography and image manipulation.

How will my work be assessed?

UNIT 1: Portfolio of Work (60%) You will complete coursework projects which allow for the development of individual interests and you are encouraged to work in a wide range of media. The collection of visual research through drawing and photography is essential and regularly evidenced in sketchbooks. The course allows for a certain amount of freedom but at the same time seeks to establish a sound knowledge of techniques and processes. The sketchbook is at the heart of the creative process.

UNIT 2: Externally set Assignment (40%) This unit involves selecting a project brief from an exam paper set by the examination board. You will then prepare, over a period of 8 to 10 weeks, a final piece of practical work which is produced in 10 hours under exam conditions. The exam sessions are 2 to 3 hours. You may choose any medium and are encouraged to work to your strengths.

Commonly Asked Questions:

Do you have to be good at drawing to do GCSE?

No, not necessarily. Some people have skills in other areas such as making in 3D and can still succeed but you must be prepared to work hard in order to improve your skills in all areas.

Can you specialise in one area such as painting, printing or ceramics?

You will have opportunity to do this towards the end of the course however; to begin with you will work in a range of areas until you discover your strengths.

Is there any written work involved?

Yes, you are expected to research and analyse the work of other artists and designers as part of each project and to show how this influences your own practical work. This can be presented in a creative way either on display boards or in sketchbooks. You will not have to write separate essays or sit any written exams.

​Which students are most suitable for GCSE Art & Design?

Anyone who wants to follow a career in a creative or design-related field, wants to study A Level Art & Design, loves the subject and just has to draw, paint, sculpt or would like a practical subject to complement their academic workload.

Who can I speak to for more information?

For further information about Art & Design please speak to Miss Bettey Curriculum Area Leader: Art

Key Stage 5 Art

Explore your creativity and develop a range of practical skills inspired by your research of other art and design practitioners.

During this two year course, you will experience a variety of media, techniques and processes in both two and three dimensions. You will also explore the work of artists and designers, both past and present.

The first year will provide a strong and broad foundation to develop skills in a range of areas including drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture, textiles, mixed media, digital photography and digital media. During the second year you will be able to specialise in a narrower range of disciplines depending on your strengths and preferences. The use of a sketchbook underpins all practical investigations.

Coursework projects allow for independent and personalised responses and will develop you as a creative individual, fully equipped with the skills required for further study and for employment in a related field.

Component 1: Personal Investigation (60%)
A practical project supported by a written piece of work of up to 3,000 words.

Component 2: Externally Set Assignment (40%)
Issued by AQA and conducted in 15 hours of supervised time.

Future Study and Career Opportunities
An A Level in Art can open the door to many Art/Design-based Higher Education courses.

The department has a proven track record of academic success, with all students who applied for further or higher education in 2018 successfully securing places.

This course provides an excellent foundation for any Art & Design career. You will also learn many skills that are transferable to other sectors.

Career Opportunities can include Fine Art, Fashion/Creative Textiles, Sculpture, Animation, Theatre Set Design and Printmaking.

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