The Art Department aims to give students confidence in their own creative
abilities and self-expression in a wide range of media and
disciplines. Students also study a wide range of
artistic styles and movements, individual artists, designers and art in a range
of cultures. Specialist terms and techniques are also
If students opt to study Art at GCSE they will take the AQA Fine Art
option. Students will produce a portfolio of work using a variety
of different media which will account for 60% of their marks. They
will also undertake, in Year 11, a 10-hour controlled test which accounts for
40% of their marks. All the completed work will be displayed in
the school gallery for viewing.
GCSE Course Information:
GCSE Art and Design ( Fine Art ) – full course
What we study in this subject:
Art students practice and improve their skills in these main areas: drawing, painting, printmaking and 3D studies. However, artwork can also be made in photography, film and ICT. They will produce three or more projects with a particular emphasis on drawing and painting, each exploring a theme (Still Life, Landscape, Portrait) in depth, using different media, materials and techniques. This work will be linked directly to the study of the work of other artists, crafts people and cultures. Students will broaden their knowledge of the work and working practices of such people and movements and use this as inspiration for their own work. Although all projects are practically based, students will need to include annotation which explains their own ideas, along with research on the artists or cultural themes they have studied.
All students will be expected to produce work that shows the best standard of which they are capable, and to develop a personal and original response to the set themes. Students need to be motivated and imaginative in their approach to work and to have previously demonstrated their commitment to the subject. Students will need to buy basic equipment to use at home including a journal, which can be ordered through the Art Department.
The assessment consists of two parts: A portfolio of work, which makes up 60% of the mark and the Externally Set Task (Exam Project), which makes up 40%. All students follow the same course, and work that is made throughout Y10 and Y11 makes up the Portfolio of work. The Externally Set Task (Exam Project) is given out in January of Y11 and students must create their own personal response to a brief they have chosen by producing a relevant project and a Final Response which is sat in exam conditions over 10 hours. Both parts of the course are marked using 4 Assessment Objectives and students will need to demonstrate a wide range of artistic skills to address these. All work is assessed in an exhibition at the end of the course in May.
Possible Careers and Further Information:
Many students undertaking GCSE Art go on to college or 6th forms to study for A levels or the National Diploma in Art and Design. This in turn leads to a variety of employment requiring creative ability e.g. advertising, film, games and animation, fashion, interior design, photography, textiles, graphic design, architecture, fine arts etc.
Further information is available from Mr Sumpner, Subject Leader, Art.