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Course Title: GCSE Art & Design

Examination Board: EDEXCEL

Contact: Miss F Whinn

Course Aims:

Students will be taught……..

• To explore their own thoughts and ideas creatively and independently.

• To make connections & relate their work to the work of other artists & designers in historical, social, cultural, political & economic contexts.

Students will develop…..

• Technical skills using a wide range of media and materials.

• Confident use of visual language.

• Time management and planning skills.

Students will gain…..

• A broad understanding of the nature of Art & Design and its impact on the wider world.

Course Description:

The course is divided into two main parts comprised of both Practical & Written work:

• Coursework covering 60% of the final marks (undertaken throughout the 2 years).

• Terminal Examination covering 40% of the final marks (taken towards the end of Yr11).

How will I learn?

You will begin work towards your coursework in lesson time and at home from the start of the course. Initially focus will be on widening and developing your experience and skills using a variety of media, materials and techniques. This will include as broad a range as possible such as, pencil, pastel, charcoal, paint, printmaking, photography, computer aided design & three dimensional materials such as clay. Art History also forms an important part of coursework and you will be required to study and analyse the work of other artists, documenting your studies both visually & in writing.

The subject/theme for the first coursework project will be set for you but is broad enough to allow you to develop it in a direction that appeals to you personally. Subsequent coursework project subjects/themes will be more individual and are to be negotiated between you and your teacher.

Within each project you will be required to record creatively your research and investigation of the theme and the work of relevant artists, designers and crafts people, including your own thoughts and opinions. You will need to experiment with a variety of different materials and techniques to develop your ideas. By reviewing & modifying your preparation work you refine your ideas in order to produce a final piece for each project. Homework is set weekly forming a large part of the coursework and you will be required to work on your own & make independent decisions about your ideas.

Possible Career Pathways:

You could study an Art based course in Sixth Form such as: AS/A2 Art & Design, Fashion, Photography, Graphics or 3D Design, or similar courses offered at colleges and sixth forms. These courses will allow you access to Higher Education courses in Art Foundation & Degree level at University.

The main employment areas within Art & Design are: Graphic Design, Fashion & Textiles, Film, Photography & Video, Fine Art, Theatre Design, Architecture, Industrial Product Design, Interior Design & 3D Craft. However Art & Design offers a wide diversity of employment opportunities. You could find yourself working as a window dresser, make-up artist, sign writer, forensic artist, archaeological illustrator; a Milan based British fashion forecaster, a North Sea Oil company underwater photographer, a special effects model maker, jewellery designer or computer graphics artist or game designer to name but a few careers. Career advancement will often require the development of Art and Design skills to a Higher Education level in these & thousands of other jobs and all will require a portfolio of work as evidence of your ability and experience.

Subject summary: Year 7 Art Programme of Study

During year 7 students follow a basic skills foundation course in Art and Design in order to consolidate and expand upon skills learnt at Primary School. Students explore ideas and select visual and other information with references to Art Historical contexts. They extend their understanding of materials and processes, whilst developing independence. Students analyse and comment on the contexts of their own and others artist’s and designer’s work. They use a variety of media and explore a range of techniques in producing a good quality sketch book.

Assessment Criteria:

Recording & Technical Understanding; Investigation & Analysis; Experimenting & Developing; Producing a final outcome & Making Connections.

Subject summary: Year 8 Art Programme of Study

During year 8 students build upon their skills and knowledge gained in year 7 and are guided through the process of developing and creating a piece of Art work. Students explore ideas related to a given subject/theme and select from visual and other information, analysing codes and conventions used in Art, taking account of purpose and audience. They extend their understanding of materials and processes, showing increasing independence when developing ideas and producing an outcome. Students analyse and comment on their own and others artist’s and designer’s work and explain how their own ideas, experiences and values affect their opinions and practice. They will use a variety of media and explore a range of techniques necessary for producing a good quality sketch book.

Assessment Criteria:

Investigation, Analysis & Critical Understanding; Experimentation, Reviewing & Refining; Recording, Annotation & Technical Understanding; Producing a final outcome & Making Connections

Subject summary: Year 9 Art Programme of Study

During Y9, students will build upon the skills and knowledge acquired in Y7 and Y8. They will work with increasing independence when analysing the codes and conventions used in Art, extend their understanding of materials and begin to develop ideas and plan for projects in detail.
The focus in Y9 will be to embed the skills needed to be successful at GCSE.

Assessment Criteria:

Investigation, Analysis & Critical Understanding; Experimentation, Reviewing & Refining; Recording, Annotation & Technical Understanding; Producing a final outcome, Innovation & Making Connections

Subject summary: Year 10 Art Programme of Study

The aim of the course is to develop the technical skills required for the confident use of visual language and provide students with a broad understanding of the nature of Art and Design. The course teaches students to make connections and relate their work to the work of other artists and designers in historical, social, cultural, political and economic contexts. The course is divided into two main parts comprised of both Practical & Written work. Coursework covering 60% of the final marks and the Terminal Examination covering 40% of the final marks.
Students will need to demonstrate their ability to fulfil the following assessment objectives;-

• Investigate, Research and develop ideas informed by contextual and other sources, demonstrating analytical and cultural understanding.

• Review and refine as work through experimentation with media, materials, techniques and processes.

• Record ideas and observations (using a variety of media and techniques).

• Produce concluding pieces of work which reflect personal responses to topics and makes informed links to artists studied.

Subject summary: Year 11 Art Programme of Study

The aim of the course is to develop the technical skills required for the confident use of visual language and provide students with a broad understanding of the nature of Art and Design. The course teaches students to make connections and relate their work to the work of other artists and designers in historical, social, cultural, political and economic contexts. The course is divided into two main parts comprised of both Practical & Written work:

• Coursework covering 60% of the final marks.

• Terminal Examination covering 40% of the final marks.

Students need to be working towards their Coursework deadline of February Half term. The exam preparation period begins in late February, working towards the final exam in early May.

Students will need to demonstrate their ability to fulfil the following assessment objectives;-

• Investigate, Research and develop ideas informed by contextual and other sources, demonstrating analytical and cultural understanding.

• Review and refine as work through experimentation with media, materials, techniques and processes.

• Record ideas and observations (using a variety of media and techniques).

• Produce concluding pieces of work which reflect personal responses to topics and makes informed links to artists studied.