Art

(AQA GCSE Applied Art)

Contact: Mr A Clark, Director of Learning - Expressive Arts

Course Details:

GCSE Applied Art provides students with a wide range of creative, exciting and stimulating opportunities to explore their interests in ways that are both personally and vocationally relevant and developmental in nature. Students produce practical outcomes in response to project briefs that are vocational in nature with content reflecting work-related and client-orientated contexts.

Assessment: 

Coursework Requirement:

Students will need to produce between 2 and 4 projects covering a range of disciplines, such as: drawing & painting, sculpture, printmaking, mixed media, digital image manipulation to realise a vocationally relevant portfolio of work (60%).

Examination Requirement:

Students are required to research a theme from the exam paper for a 3 month period before realising a final response during a 10 hour timed test (40%).

Skills Developed:

This two unit specification enables students to develop their ability to actively engage in the processes of Art and Design – to build creative skills through learning and doing, to develop imaginative and intuitive ways of working and develop knowledge and understanding of media, materials and technologies in historical and contemporary contexts, societies and cultures. You will be introduced to a variety of experiences exploring a range of two and/or three-dimensional media including traditional and new technologies. These can be within the endorsed areas of Fine Art, Graphic Communication, Photography: lens-based and light-based media, Textile Design or Three-Dimensional Development. Students will develop practical art, craft and design skills, techniques and processes by working on project briefs and should explore how other artists, designers and craftspeople use visual language, formal elements, media, techniques and processes within a work-related environment.

Beyond Year 11:

It is a strong foundation for further progression to Art and Design related courses such as A-level Art and Design and enhanced vocational and career pathways.


 

(AQA GCSE Fine Art)

Contact: Mr A Clark, Director of Learning - Expressive Arts

Course Details:

The GCSE course in Fine Art provides the opportunity for students to express their creativity and individuality through a variety of artistic practices. The course explores a diverse range of approaches to image making in both two and three dimensions and looks at how artists throughout history have responded to the world around them. Students are encouraged to analyse and interpret such work and produce their own personal responses to the art of both the past and the present.

Much of the course is focused on helping students to develop techniques and processes which will help them to communicate through visual art something about themselves and what is important in their world. The course allows imagination and innovation to flourish while providing a solid grounding in art production.

Assessment: 

Coursework Requirement:

Students will need to produce between 2 and 4 projects covering one or more of a range of Fine Art disciplines, such as: drawing & painting, sculpture, printmaking, mixed media, digital image manipulation (60%).

Examination Requirement:

Students are required to research a theme from the exam paper for a 4 week period before realising a final response during a 10 hour timed test (40%).

Skills Developed:

Practical Skills:

  • Develops observational and graphical drawing skills
  • Develops painting and rendering techniques
  • Develops three dimensional modelling and construction techniques

Study Skills:

  • Develops analytical skills in interpreting the work of a range of artists
  • Develops critical language and evaluation processes within the development of project work
  • Promotes the notion of the need for a synthesis of creative elements to reach logical outcomes

Personal:

  • Develops awareness of cultural issues which affect the production of the visual arts
  • Encourages self awareness and independence in the development of personal themes

Beyond Year 11:

Education: On completing GCSE Fine Art, students can progress onto AS/A-level studies in Art.

Careers: Creativity, imagination and the ability to analyse and interpret visual imagery are qualities that are required in many areas of society. Career opportunities are extensive and include: advertising, fashion design, stage design, film and television work, interior design, graphic design, architecture.


 

(NCFE Level 2 Certficate in Createive Studies)

Contact: Mr A Clark, Director of Learning - Expressive Arts

Course Details: 

This qualification is designed for learners wishing to gain an understanding of the art and design industry and develop the designing and practical making skills across a range of materials within the subject.

This qualification features on the DfE list of approved qualifications for Key Stage 4 performance tables.

Assessment:

Unit 01 Research and investigate sources of ideas in art and design

Unit 02 Explore and use art and design materials and techniques to develop visual language

Unit 03 Produce final art and design work responding to a set brief or theme

Unit 04 Working as an artist or designer in the creative industry

Unit 05 Developing an art and design portfolio

Unit 06 Communicating visually in 3D

Assessment requirements:

  • internally assessed and externally moderated portfolio
  • externally set and marked assignment

Skills Developed:

  • Use a range of primary and secondary sources to develop ideas
  • Understand how artists and designers use visual language and formal elements in their work
  • Explore and understand the properties of a range of art and design materials
  • Select, use and apply a range of 2D and 3D techniques, processes, media and material in their art and design work
  • Develop personal responses to artistic themes and design briefs
  • Understand how artists and designers work in their sector, describing job roles and working methods including freelance working
  • Determine areas of interest and skill for progression to further courses of study or employment.
  • Critical awareness of self and external factors and the ability to be reflective
  • Clear communication to others, verbally and through visual means
  • Resourcefulness and the ability to work independently
  • Imagination and creativity
  • Self-motivation and self-management
  • Creative problem-solving: taking a broad perspective and confidently engaging with concepts.

Beyond Year 11:

  • Level 3 Art BTEC Art & Design
  • AS Level Art & Design, Fine Art
  • Foundation courses in preparation for degrees in the Arts.