GCSE Art & Design
“Provides students with a wide range of creative, exciting and stimulating opportunities to explore their interests.”
Who to contact for more information about this course
Queries should be directed to Ms Verrall
Year 10 and Year 11
What is the course structure?
Component 1: Portfolio
The Portfolio consists of a sustained project developed in response to a subject, theme, task or brief. The Portfolio will evidence the journey from initial engagement with an idea(s) to the realisation of intentions. This will give students the opportunity to demonstrate, through an extended creative response, their ability to draw together different areas of knowledge, skills and/or understanding from across their course of study.
It will also be supplemented by a selection of further work resulting from activities such as trials and experiments; skills-based workshops; mini and/or foundation projects; responses to gallery, museum or site visits; work placements; independent study and evidence of the student's specific role in any group work undertaken.
Component 2: Externally set assignment
AQA will provide a separate externally set assignment with seven different starting points. Students must select and respond to one starting point from their chosen title.
The externally set assignment will provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate, through an extended creative response, their ability to draw together different areas of knowledge, skills and/or understanding in response to their selected starting point to their realisation of intentions in the 10 hours of supervised time.
What will I study?
GCSE Art and Design provides students with a wide range of creative, exciting and stimulating opportunities to explore their interests in ways that are both personally relevant and developmental in nature.
This course enables students to develop their ability to actively engage in the processes of Art and Design – to build creative skills through learning and doing, to develop imaginative and intuitive ways of working and develop knowledge and understanding of media, materials and technologies in historical and contemporary contexts, societies and cultures.
This is a broad course exploring practical and critical/contextual work through a range of 2D and/or 3D processes and new media and technologies. It is an unendorsed course where candidates can work in appropriate art, craft and design materials and processes, using appropriate art, craft and design materials and working methods. This is broadly a Fine Art based course focusing on painting and drawing, printmaking and the study of the work of other artists. Art and Design is a strong foundation for further progression to Art and Design related courses such as A-level Art and Design and enhanced vocational and career pathways.
How is the course assessed?
Component 1: Portfolio of Work (Controlled Assessment) 60%
Component 2: Externally Set Assignment 40%