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Art and Design includes a wide range of approaches such as Art, Craft and Design, Fine Art, Three-Dimensional design.


The focus in this course is developing skills and techniques including working with pencil, crayon, pastel, collage, printing, sculpture and paint. Having developed new skills, you will use them to produce final outcomes which reflect a personal approach to a given theme. GCSE Art is flexible and stimulates creativity, offering a high degree of choice.


Exam Board: AQA
The course consists of two units, a coursework project and an exam. Over the duration of the course you will produce a portfolio of work from two or more projects that reflects a personal or centre-advised starting point. It is worth 60% and is completed by Christmas of Year11.
The exam involves approximately 10 weeks of preparation time during which you will individually research, plan and develop ideas for your own personal response to a starting-point set by the exam board. You will then be required to produce a final piece in a ten hour supervised exam over a two week period. It is worth 40% and is completed by Easter of Year 11.

Legacy Specification – Year 11 only


Within the Art and Design GCSE you will have the opportunity to explore a range of practical activities and respond in a personal and creative way to different themes and ideas. You will experiment with a range of media and materials which could include photography, digital manipulation, collage, drawing and painting, papier mâché, ceramics and sculpture. This will help to develop a range of skills and build your confidence. You will also continue to develop your critical thinking skills in response to a range of artists and designers.


GCSE Art and Design is made up of coursework and an externally set exam. You will be assessed against four criteria in each section. The coursework is 60% of the total mark. You will create a personal portfolio of the best artwork selected from the projects you will complete in years 10 and 11. The externally set exam is 40% of the total mark. For this you will be given a range of starting points, from which you will make a personal response using materials and processes of your choice. This exam will take place in year 11.

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