Art and Design

COURSE TITLE
GCSE Art and Design
EXAM BOARD
AQA
COURSE CONTENT
Coursework – 60%
Externally Set Task – 40%
OVERVIEW OF ASSESSMENT
An exploration of practical and critical/contextual work through a range of 2D and/or 3D processes and new media technologies.  This is a fine art course where students can work in appropriate art, craft and design materials and processes dependent on their interest and individual abilities. Students should produce practical and contextual work associated with one or more area(s) of fine art, such as those listed below:

  • drawing • painting • sculpture • installation • lens/light-based media • photography and the moving image • printmaking • mixed media • land art.

Students may explore overlapping areas and combinations of areas.

Unit 1 – Coursework

2 internally set projects which students will develop over the course of two years.  Students will explore and develop two coherent projects through expanding their artistic mind by making exciting discoveries through creative investigations.

Unit 2 – External Exam

1 externally set project where students will have 12 weeks to research, explore and prepare ideas through supported experimentation and recorded observations.  Student’s final discoveries and realization will be presented in a 10 hour exam where final outcomes are created.

Unit 1 Unit 2
Coursework
Project 1
Project title decided by the Art department – Natural Forms
Externally Set task
Exam unit – Project title decided by the examining board
12 week prep
10 hour controlled exam
Coursework
Project 2
Project title decided by the Art department – TBC
Unit 1 marking criteria.

A01 – Research – marks out of 24
A02 – Experimentation – marks out of 24
A03 – Recording – marks out of 24
A04 – Final outcomes – marks out of 24

Total marks – 96

Unit 2 marking criteria.

A01 – Research – marks out of 24
A02 – Experimentation – marks out of 24
A03 – Recording – marks out of 24
A04 – Final outcomes – marks out of 24

Total marks – 96

RECOMMENDED READING / LINKS
Gallery Visits
FUTURE PATHWAYS
• Animation & Illustration
• Arts Heritage: Conservation & Restoration
• Book Arts: Production & Papermaking
• Calligraphy & Typography
• Design: Architecture
• Designer Craftspeople
• Fashion, Textiles & Costume
• Fine Art
• Graphic Design: Print
• Graphic Design: Web
• Photography
• Product Design
• Prop & Set Design
• Spatial, Interior & Landscape Design