Art & Design GCSE

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Examination Board AQA 4200
Subject Leader Mrs Bowden
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The aim of the course:

This course offers students the opportunity to work across a broad range of media including drawing, painting, print making, sculpture and digital media linked with photography.

The course encourages candidates to develop their own work with reference to other artists in our own and other cultures, within a historical perspective and responding to current ideas.

Gallery visits, contextual studies and suggested courses of independent study, including using the internet, help candidates in personal research for their sketchbooks.

Homework/Preparatory Work:

It should be noted that throughout the duration of the Art and Design course homework plays a big part and may take many hours. Students must be prepared and willing for this.

Portfolio of work:

The Portfolio represents 60% of the marks available. The Portfolio consists of two coursework projects which includes work done in A4 and A3 sketchbooks as well as possible 3-dimensional work and larger paintings on boards and canvases.

Students develop coursework along broad themes that include still life, the environment and portraiture. Students’ work becomes progressively more independent, using any two or three dimensional media to explore their own ideas in order to show adequate refinement, experimentation and development of the project theme. The preparation work and supporting studies are as important as the finished pieces and should read like a visual diary, also including written notes and annotations.

Individual students may find that they want to concentrate their efforts in a major medium e.g. painting, print-making, collage or photography.

Candidates keep all their work as each project is completed. Work is assessed at regular intervals and coursework is graded. Feedback is given in order for students to improve grades and continue their progression in future projects. At the end of the course all work is handed in for marking and moderation.

Examination – 10 hours over two days:

A final extended project worth 40% of the marks awarded.

The examination presents candidates with a theme set by the board. Approximately ten weeks are given for preparatory studies, which should include research, experimental studies, broad use of media and a personal approach. The final piece is done during the exam which takes place in the Art Room over two consecutive days.


Portfolio of work 60%

Externally set assignment 40%