We live in a visual world. A qualification in Art and Design was never more important than now. The creative industries generate over £100 billion to the United Kingdom (UK) economy each year and employ over 2.8 million people. Unlike many industries, the creative industries have continued to grow.
Students studying art at GCSE will be asked to explore different themes, research the work of artists and art movements before developing their own ideas in response. Students will investigate different approaches to art, experiment with, and improve their technical skills using a range of different media, techniques and materials. Students will explore drawing, painting, sculpture and mixed media as well as different forms of digital media and photography. Students will then present a personal final outcome to each theme and will be able to evaluate their work using subject specific language.
Where will GCSE Art and Design take you? You can continue your art and design studies at AS and A level. Many of our students then go on to study a whole range of creative arts and media courses at University. If you don’t want to take your art and design studies any further, the transferable skills you gain at GCSE will still be valuable. You’ll develop problem solving, creative thinking, investigation, research, communication and teamwork skills; and gain the ability to develop, refine and present ideas. Employers and universities regard all of these skills very highly.
How will this course be assessed? The course is made up from two components. The first is coursework, which is worth 60% of the overall grade. The second is a separate externally set exam paper issued after the Christmas holidays in year 11. It features seven tasks and students will have to respond to only one of them. Students will get preparation time, plus ten hours of supervised time to complete a final outcome for their chosen theme. This is worth 40% of the total GCSE grade.