Are you creative and imaginative?
Do you enjoy exploring ideas and looking at things in different ways?
AQA GCSE Art and Design is about looking, learning, thinking and communicating. You will enjoy developing your understanding of the visual world, learning practical skills and responding to ideas and issues in ways that are personal to you.
The course offers you the opportunity to use your creativity to express yourself. You will develop your understanding of creative processes, your ability to observe and to think, to solve problems and to communicate in a visual way. It will enable you to work independently and to make your own discoveries by exploring ideas, other artists’ work and different materials and techniques. Art and Design gives you the skills and knowledge to create personal and imaginative work. If you have an adventurous, creative and enquiring mind and are excited by shaping and determining the visual world around us, then this could be the subject for you.
It is an exceptionally enriching and stimulating subject. While many pupils opt to take Art for GCSE because they greatly enjoy the subject and/or because they possess natural artistic flair, the vast majority do so because they recognise its broader educational value. The increasing dominance of visual communication in the modern world – perhaps one of its defining features – means that art is a very important academic subject. It is worth noting that in the UK economy, the Creative Sector (underpinned by visual artists) is second only to the Financial Sector as a generator of income for the Exchequer.
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As part of the course you will learn the creative Art and Design process by producing research, ideas, recordings and presenting this in a sketchbook using the following mediums:
Fine Art: for example drawing, painting, sculpture, installation, lens-/light-based media, photography and the moving image, printmaking, mixed media and land art.
Graphic communication: for example communication graphics, design for print, advertising and branding, illustration, typography, Character design, Game design, multimedia, motion graphics, signage and exhibition graphics. Use graphic communication techniques and processes, appropriate to students’ personal intentions, for example:
Photography: for example portraiture, location photography, studio photography, experimental imagery, installation, documentary photography, photo-journalism, moving image: film, video and animation, fashion photography.
Component 1: must show evidence of working in areas of study drawn from two or more of the units taking into account the distinguishing characteristics of art and design.
Component 2: must show evidence of areas of study drawn from one or more of the units.
You will be assessed through two components:
Component 1: Coursework (Sketchbook/Portfolio of Evidence) which is worth 60% of the final grade. This component is followed from September of Year 10 until January of Year 11. This is made up of several projects, workshops and tutorials.
Component 2: Externally set Assignment (Exam Project) which is worth 40% of the final grade. It runs from January-April of Year 11 with preparation time, including a 10 hour timed period over several days/weeks in which to complete a final Piece. Both components are evidenced using sketchbooks , Eportfolio and final pieces.
In choosing a creative subject you are developing a wide range of personal and technical skills that will be part of every lesson and integrated ethos e.g. problem solving, independent learning, research skills, critical analysis, evaluation, communication and organisation skills. You will develop skills in personal motivation to meet deadlines. The course has many small deadlines to enable you to persevere and improve the quality of your work as you go along.
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Art and Design does require you to have a set of basic equipment at home e.g. graded pencils, paints brushes, paper to allow work to carry on beyond the classroom. You can borrow items but only for short periods of time as stock is limited. You can purchase your sketchbook or use a school book.
Art, and Design will provide you with a wider understanding of global issues and expose you to a range of cultural ideas through researching visual art. It will help you to communicate through images and read and reflect on what we see within our society. In capturing life you are capturing history, society and culture.
This qualification can take you on to further study at A level or higher education. Art and Design is an excellent subject to show an employer your versatility as well as creativity, commitment and diversity. There are many careers that are connected to the visual arts where art is an essential skill.
You may decide to continue this qualification and pursue one of the following professions: Artist, Graphic Design, Fashion Design, Interior Design, Architect.