Qualification - GCSE
The course gives students opportunities to explore artists’ work and to create personal projects based upon broad starting points. Drawing, painting, printmaking, photography as well as sculptural and relief techniques are practised to give a broad range of methods to develop original ideas.
Comprised of a personal portfolio from 2 coursework projects and an externally set exam.
Current project themes are
• Old and new
A love of drawing and a dedicated approach inside and outside of school.
There is an artist research element so a willingness to show understanding about art from different times using technical language is important.
Being independent and wanting to experiment with techniques are also key.
60% Coursework project
40% Externally set exam
Work is judged on recording skills (especially drawing), development of ideas, understanding and links with art, experimentation and annotation of materials and techniques and the success of a final response.
There is also a requirement to reflect on your work with written annotation and to express creative intentions.
Post 16 Opportunities and careers
Successful completion of GCSE Art will allow progression to A-level Art or Photography courses. This in turn can lead to a future in design related careers, art education and therapy, advertising and games and web design, conservation, multiple museum and gallery jobs, freelance art, photography, theatre design. An art course allows students to be creative which is a key skill in a changing jobs market.
“Art lets you develop your ideas and helps independence” - Ella
“It is hardwork but one of the few subjects where you can create and be imaginative” - Lucy
'The largest current industry in the UK is the creative one. Art and design is everywhere’
Mr McGrath explains what kinds of subject matter will be covered through the art course and shows some examples of student work to give an idea of what to expect.