Art & Design GCSE

  • art options 2
Type of course:   GCSE
How is the course assessed?
Component 1 = 60% Portfolio (Course work)
Component 2 = 40% Externally set assignment (examination)
What topics/ units will you study?
In Year 9:
You will develop and refine many skills in the initial stages whilst being introduced to the main course structure.  Selected work may be included in component 1 of the course.
In Years 10 and 11:
Component 1: Varying topics/themes including but not limited to Still Life, Identity, Landscape, Wearable Art. You will develop ideas and cover the 4 assessment objectives through research into contextual studies around a theme and produce supporting explorations which can include drawing, painting, printmaking, mixed media, textile media, digital media and 3-d media. Component 2 will be set by the exam body in year 11.
Who would this course suit? What skills do you need?
If you enjoy being creative and exploring different materials, processes and techniques then this is the course for you!  All abilities are welcome on this course. Studying Art & Design develops deep thinking skills as well as enriching personal development in terms of skill, understanding and appreciation of culture.Art & Design complements the more academic subjects as it can help students focus and express their ideas creativity in a wide variety of ways.
What trips / activities will you be involved in?
A field trip to record primary observations on a theme and a gallery visit in year 9.
Trip to Art Gallery/museum in year 10 or 11
Art Exhibitions to showcase your work
What college courses/job opportunities would this help you follow in the future?
This GCSE is important for anyone wishing to study the subject after year 11, or who is aiming for a career in art and design – Fine Art, Graphics, Textiles and Fashion Design, Photography, and Three-Dimensional Design (Furniture, Jewellery, Exhibitions etc). Architecture, Industrial Design, Floristry, Make-up work and Beauty Therapy all need an understanding of design and visual effect.
How will this course help you to get a job?
Art & Design is a highly regarded and useful subject that can lead to many creative careers, but also enhances a learner’s aptitude for whatever career path they choose.
Who can you speak to for more information or if you have any questions?
You can speak to Mrs Foley 2Ar1, Mrs Hardy 1Ar1 and Mrs O’Brien 2Ar2 to get a better insight into the demands of the course and the expectations that will be required of you. 
What do students who are currently studying this subject think?
Students predominantly enjoy studying Art and Design as they can tap into their creativity and make their research projects personal to themselves, especially when it comes to the exam. Students find the expression of themes through art fascinating and develop an appreciation of diversity and culture.