GCSE Three Dimensional Design (Ceramics)
“You will be introduced to a variety of Ceramic experiences that explore a range of three-dimensional processes and techniques.”
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?
You will be introduced to a variety of Ceramic experiences that explore a range of three-dimensional processes and techniques with particular focus on how to make craft ceramics including slab building, coiling and throwing. All 3D work is supported by sketchbook and other 2D work looking at the work of other artists/craftsmen. You will explore the use of drawing and painting for different purposes, using a variety of methods and media on a variety of scales. You will explore relevant images, artefacts and resources relating to a range of art, craft and design, from the past and from recent times, including European and non-European examples. This will be integral to the investigating and making process.
You will be expected to demonstrate the following skills:
An appreciation of solid, void, form, shape, texture, colour, decoration, surface treatment, scale, proportion, structure, rhythm and movement
An awareness of intended audience or purpose for their chosen area(s) of three-dimensional design
An awareness of the relationship between three-dimensional design and urban, rural or other settings
An appreciation of the relationship of form and function and, where applicable, the ability to respond to a concept, work to a brief, theme or topic, or answer a need in the chosen area(s) of three-dimensional design
The safe use of a variety of appropriate tools and equipment
An understanding of working methods, such as model-making, constructing and assembling
How is the course assessed?
Component 1: Portfolio of Work (Controlled Assessment) 60%
Component 2: Externally Set Assignment 40%