Art and Design GCSE

ART & DESIGN (GCSE – Fine Art)

Examination Board:

Currently Edexcel 5FA01 / 5FA02 but subject to change due to new GCSE Specification changes

In order to study Art and Design in Years 10 and 11, it is preferable if you have shown a keen interest in the subject throughout Key Stage 3 and have achieved standards on or above expected National Curriculum level 6 by the end of Year 9. This level of attainment will reflect the degree of commitment and technical competency required in order to achieve a 5 / 6 grade under the new GCSE grading system.

Overview of the course

·         You will work towards completing one unit of Coursework which will be assessed as a whole and will be continually monitored. A range of approaches will be covered; painting and drawing from observation and imagination, printing, mixed media application, contextual research and 3-dimensional work.

·         You will be expected to keep journals in which homework and project development will be thoroughly and regularly recorded.

·         Independent learning through homework and the resulting classroom projects form the Coursework element of the subject.

·         Coursework accounts for 60% of the overall mark, whilst the externally set assignment (ESA – Exam) is worth the remaining 40% and this is the second unit of the course (Unit 2). 

Course content and assessment

·         Objectives are:

·         Record Observations and Experiences

·         Analyse and Evaluate

·         Develop Ideas

·         Present a Personal and Coherent Response

CLASSWORK

HOMEWORK – In Work Journal

WINTER TERM

UNIT 1 - ‘INSIDE, OUTSIDE’

(10 weeks)

Pencil tone still life drawing (A2)

UNIT 1 - ‘INSIDE, OUTSIDE’

(4 weeks)

Series of prints developed from A2 still Life study.

UNIT 1 - ‘INSIDE, OUTSIDE’

(14 weeks’ homework)

Developing a composition design on the theme of ‘INSIDE, OUTSIDE’.

SPRING TERM

UNIT 1 - ‘INSIDE, OUTSIDE’

(14 weeks)

Students develop and complete final outcome;

‘INSIDE, OUTSIDE’

UNIT 1. ‘CULTURAL CLAY MASK’

(10 weeks’ homework)

Students develop preparatory work on the theme ‘CULTURAL CLAY MASK’.

Students study artists and cultures related to theme.

SUMMER TERM

UNIT 1 - ‘INSIDE, OUTSIDE’ and ‘CULTURAL CLAY MASK’

(9 weeks)

Students develop personal responses related to the project titles.

UNIT 1 – ‘INSIDE, OUTSIDE’ and ‘CULTURAL CLAY MASK’

(Continue, refine and complete homeworks)

Students continue to develop ideas related to the theme and work to complete ‘INSIDE, OUTSIDE’ and ‘CULTURAL CLAY MASK’ projects.

GENERAL PLAN FOR YEAR 11 – GCSE

CLASSWORK

HOMEWORK

WINTER TERM

UNIT 1 - ‘COMPLETE UNIT 1 COURSEWORK

(7 weeks)

‘INSIDE, OUTSIDE’

‘CULTURAL CLAY MASK’

 UNIT 1 – MOCK EXAM PROJECT.

(10 hours)

Produced under exam conditions.

Mock exam.

UNIT 1 - MOCK EXAM PROJECT – DEVELOPMENTAL TASKS AND MOCK EXAM PIECE EVOLVED FROM CULTURAL MASK PROJECT.

(8 weeks)

Preparatory work for broad based unit to be realised in 10 hour timed test – mock exam.

SPRING TERM

CLASSWORK

HOMEWORK

COMPLETE UNIT 1

(3 weeks)

DEVELOP / COMPLETE COURSEWORK UNIT

(10 weeks)

Students complete unfinished coursework homework tasks and refine final outcomes.

COMPLETE WORK JOURNALS

(4 weeks)

PREPARATION FOR TIMED TEST – UNIT 2

(8 school weeks – 11 weeks including February half-term and Easter)

SUMMER TERM

CLASSWORK

HOMEWORK

CONTROLLED TIMED TEST – UNIT 2

(10 hours)

Complete coursework (2 weeks)

 

COMPLETE ALL COURSEWORK

Final results will be graded on a nine point scale: 1 to 9 – where 9 is the best grade.

Post - 16 courses available to students

AS / A2 Art and Design are both currently available in the 6th Form and are a pre-requisite for those intending to pursue a career in the following areas:

Three-dimensional Design, Photography, Film, Video, Print-Making, Theatrical and Set Design, Computer Graphics, Web Design, Fashion / Textiles, Jewellery Design, Tattooing, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Industrial / Product Design, Illustration, Fine Art, Architecture, Gallery Curator, Exhibition Organisation, Art Therapy, Teaching / Lecturing.

Those with other career aspirations can study Art and Design as a useful complementary subject or as an opportunity to develop a personal interest.