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Specification: Edexcel
Coursework: 60%
Examination: 40%

GCSE GCSE Art begins with an induction course enabling pupils to gain the necessary skills they need to express themselves in a visual form, and equip them with the concepts needed to embark on a personal project and outcome. This involves exploring, learning visual/analytical skills, researching, investigating, learning methodology, contextual references, reviewing and evaluating, producing and presenting.

The assessment objectives are the focus for learning, to ensure understanding of the essential elements for future project development. For all disciplines, pupils should:

AO1 – develop their ideas through investigations informed by contextual and other sources, demonstrating analytical and cultural understanding

AO2 – refine their ideas through exploration and selecting appropriate resources, media, materials, techniques and processes

AO3 – record ideas, observations and insights relevant to their intentions in visual and/or other forms

AO4 – present a personal, informed and meaningful response demonstrating analytical and critical understanding, realising intentions and, where appropriate, making connections between visual, written, oral and other elements

The disciplines associated with Art GCSE are: painting and drawing, printmaking, sculpture, ceramic design, photography, film and video. Pupils will be required to work in two or more of the disciplines in each unit submitted. When choosing Art and Design, pupils should have an interest in and motivation for the subject and should take into account the amount of work involved, in addition to the allocated lessons.

The GCSE is made up of:

Personal Portfolio in Art and Design - to include 2 projects that must show evidence of all assessment objectives and include a work journal or collection of related studies. This coursework is set and marked internally but moderated externally.

Externally Set Assignment in Art and Design - that must show evidence of all assessment objectives and include a work journal or collection of related studies. This is set and moderated externally but internally marked. Pupils have 8 weeks preparation time and a 10 hour timed examination thereafter.

Materials are mostly provided by the Art Department. Each project requires a sketchbook: the first is provided for a collection of experimental studies, but pupils should budget for subsequent sketchbooks. Pupils would benefit from acquiring a range of art materials for homework tasks, and this should include soft drawing pencils, a set of pastels, charcoal and water colour paints. (These, along with other materials needed, will be provided for those on Pupil Premium, or in cases of financial need.)

It is the aim of the department to organise one Art trip to an art venue in London during the two year course and pupils should take every opportunity to visit other exhibitions. Recent visits have included Tate Modern to study Rauschenberg, landmark photographs of the 20th Century, the new Switch galleries and the Horiman Museum to study artefacts and gather images, ideas and take part in an informative workshop. The costs of trips are usually £15-25 and cover transport costs.

A qualification in the Creative Arts can lead onto further study and career possibilities might include fashion design and textiles, advertising, graphic design, working in media, architecture, interior design, museum and gallery work.

Also see related pages: Curriculum and Prospectus