Art, Craft & Design
What is the aim of the course?
GCSE Art, Craft & Design will provide you with a wide range of exciting creative opportunities, encouraging you to actively engage with processes, and explore and express your interests. You will build creative, critical and practical skills, and develop imaginative and intuitive ways of working. Your knowledge and understanding of a diverse range of media, materials and technologies, in historical and contemporary contexts, societies and cultures will be extended.
What will you study in this subject?
We encourage you to explore and experiment with a wide range of ideas, materials, processes, techniques and media. This can include drawing, painting, printing, photography, film, textiles, sculpture and mixed media. You will research a given theme, and as inspiration be asked to respond to the work of other artists, designers and crafts people, and visit museums and galleries. This will help inform and develop your personal enquiry and responses.
How is your work assessed?
You will be given a project theme and interpret it in a wide range of ways. The process and development of your creative journey will be presented through sketchbooks and portfolio. These will be used to support your final personal responses. As in KS3, you will be assessed against the four assessment criteria (Develop, Record, Refine & Present).
Unit 1: Personal Portfolio 60%of total marks. This coursework unit can be divided into smaller projects covering different themes.
Unit 2: Externally Set Assignment 40%of total marks.The ten hours’ practical exam is spread over two days. You will be given eight weeks to produce preparatory work in sketchbooks on a theme set by the exam board. All coursework completed during the course counts towards your final GCSE grade. You need to be conscientious and committed to meeting deadlines. Plenty ofsupport is available.
What qualification will I get?
GCSE Art, Craft & Design