GCSE Art and Design

Course details

If you enjoy art and want to develop your skills and take your work further, then you will be interested in the GCSE Art and Design Course.

The course consists of 2 Units. One Unit is the Art and Design **Portfolio** and the second is the Art and Design **Set Task**.

What will you study?

The work for the Portfolio is completed over four terms. All students focus on one theme. For example this year the theme is “The Everyday”. Students consider different approaches to this theme and work with a wide range of media. We have 4 mini projects within this theme where the focus is on Mark-making, Painting, Print-making and Mixed Media.

Students’ work may be both 2D and 3D. This type of course will give you the opportunity to experiment with materials and try different approaches in your art work. You will learn new skills and develop further the skills you already have in this subject. You will be encouraged to work independently in developing your ideas.
Looking at the work of different artists is a very important part of this course. We consider many different types of art work such as sculptural pieces, print-making art, drawings, paintings and mixed media pieces.

**Sketch books** Many students work in their sketch books all of the time and find they are a really good way of keeping all of their work for the Portfolio unit together. Students use their sketch book for homework.

Work for the portfolio must be completed by the end of the Autumn term of Year 11. At the start of the Spring term students are given details of the Externally Set Task which is set by the examining board (AQA). The examining board provides a list of themes and you will need to select **ONE** of these themes. This will be your starting point for your art work. You will then have most of the Spring term in which to explore ideas and consider ways in which to develop your theme using the materials of your choice. All of this preparation work will lead you towards a final outcome which is the piece of work completed under examination conditions. This piece of work is completed at school over a **TWO DAY** period and cannot be taken home.

How you will be assessed

* Portfolio 60%
* Set task 40%

How will it help me at Post-16?

A level Art and Design (Fine Art) is available at Wigston College. The GCSE will provide you with an excellent skill base for this course.

If after A levels, you intend to do an Art Foundation Course then you are advised to take GCSE Art.