Assessment and (Provisional) Examination / Assessment Dates:

• Two exploratory coursework units (one Art & Design unit and one Graphic Design & Illustration unit)

• A Pre- Public Examination project (Set in July 2018 with exam in December 2018)

• Externally set GCSE exam project (Set in January 2019 with exam in April 2019)

Key Resources:

• Students need to develop keen observational skills. They need to be aware of the world around them and their own place within it

• Independent visits to galleries, museums and places of interests and recording thoughts, observations and ideas

• GCSE Art & Design student guide:

Areas of study:
Subject content of the AQA GCSE Art & Design specification

• Students are required to develop knowledge, understanding and skills relevant to their chosen title through integrated practical, critical and contextual study that encourages direct engagement with original works and practice.

• Students may work in any medium or combination of media. They can work entirely in digital media or entirely non-digital media, or in a mixture of both, provided the aims and assessment objectives are met.

• Students must learn through practical experience and demonstrate knowledge and understanding of sources that inform their creative intentions. Intentions should be realised through purposeful engagement with visual language, visual concepts, media, materials and the application of appropriate techniques and working methods.

• Students must develop and apply relevant subject-specific skills in order to use visual language to communicate personal ideas, meanings and responses

• Students must, over time, reflect critically upon their creative journey and its effectiveness in relation to the realisation of personal intentions

Art based study can be defined as practice that involves the development of personal work and lines of enquiry determined by the need to explore an idea, convey an experience or respond to a theme or issue.

Craft based study can be defined as practice that involves making activities that draw upon knowledge of tools, materials and processes, and associated intellectual, creative and practical skills.

Design based study can be defined as practice that involves developing a response to a specific need, brief or starting point, taking account of established requirements, constraints and/or parameters.

Assessment components: 

Students must explore and create work associated with areas of study from at least two of the following titles: Fine Art, Graphic Communication, Textile Design, Three-Dimensional Design, Photography. Students must explore, through a range of two-dimensional and/or three-dimensional processes and media, practical application of skills and relevant critical and contextual sources such as the work of contemporary artists, craftspeople and designers and the different purposes, intentions and functions of art, craft and design as appropriate to their own work.

Component 1 Coursework (60%): must show evidence of working in areas of study drawn from two or more of the titles taking into account the distinguishing characteristics of art, craft and design.

Component 2 Externally Set Exam Project (40%): must show evidence of areas of study drawn from one or more of the titles.

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