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. They will be guided through the course and supported through their studies, beginning at the start of Year 10 and completing it at the end of Year 11.
The 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.
Within each art project they will begin with an overall title and produce a series of portfolio pages; mind mapping, collecting primary and secondary images, critical analysis of artists and artworks, observational drawing, material experimentation, techniques and processes, composition, developing ideas and finally culminating in a final piece based on the title. Students will be encouraged to explore a range of media and techniques in a creative and skilful manner. Students are also encouraged to visit galleries and exhibitions to enable them to make informed decisions regarding their art work.
Students will produce three portfolio projects for the coursework portfolio (60%) and then a final externally set examination piece (40%)