The Art department offers a Fine Art GCSE course to students. In the first year of the three year programme, Year 9 students will have the opportunity to build a wide range of skills and techniques in an advanced and progressive manner. Students work in both two and three dimensions, exploring a variety of media. The emphasis will be on experimentation linked to a specific theme that prepares students for the GCSE standard. There will be visits to art galleries and museums integrated into schemes of work to develop students’ knowledge and understanding, enrich their knowledge and of art and design and help to inspire them to create exciting final art works. Research on different artists and designers and experimentation with different media will be a source of inspiration to pupils enabling them to produce creative pieces of art work. Students are encouraged to use photography as a means to record their ideas as well as for outcomes. Photoshop is also a tool that can help students develop their work. Pupils will need to have creative presentation skills and enthusiasm for the subject.
The Fine Art GCSE is assessed through coursework and the development of a portfolio. The Coursework is worth 60% of the final grade and the Controlled Test is worth 40%.
Students need to submit two or more units of coursework and emphasis is on creating a portfolio of the students’ best work. The coursework is produced during lessons and for homework assignments throughout the three year course, giving students plenty of time to fulfil all assessment requirements without it being onerous. Students are encouraged to develop to their strengths and preferred working styles.
Externally Set Task:
The Controlled Test; the externally set task, assesses pupils' ability to work to a 10-hour time limit (two days) on a selected set question with research and preparation carried out in the weeks prior to the exam. This is the opportunity for students to work to their strengths and within an area they enjoy.
The GCSE Art and Design course is assessed using the following 4 Assessment objectives;
Develop their ideas through investigation informed by contextual & other sources demonstrating analytical & cultural understanding.
Refine their ideas through experimenting & selecting appropriate resources, media, materials, techniques & processes.
Record ideas, observations & insights relevant to their intentions in visual or other forms.
Present a personal, informed & meaningful response demonstrating analytical understanding & where appropriate, making connections between visual & written elements.
Achieving your Potential
When opting for GCSE Art and Design we can see that your choice is based on you having a passion and ability for the subject. Achieving in GCSE Art and Design is very much about seeing your strengths, being able to work independently and of course enjoying the subject!
A Year 10 GCSE Exemplary Sketchbook for the Links and Connections unit