Art and Design

Examination Board: AQA
Specification: A & D
Qualification: GCSE

Head of Department:
Mrs Carole Austin

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Art, Craft and Design Assessment:

Candidates will be expected to demonstrate a response to all of the assessment objectives in each component of the examination and the portfolio of work. All objectives are equally weighted. All work is continually assessed.

Candidates will be required to demonstrate their ability to:

AO1:Develop their ideas through investigations informed by contextual and other sources demonstrating analytical and cultural understanding.

AO2: Refine their ideas through experimenting and selecting appropriate resources, media, materials, techniques and processes.

AO3: Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to their intentions in visual and/or other forms.

AO4: Present a personal, informed and meaningful response demonstrating analytical and critical understanding, realising intentions and where appropriate, making connections between visual, written, oral or other elements.

Homework: Homework is set 60 minutes per week and forms an integral part of the portfolio.

Course content:

Art, Craft and Design follows the AQA syllabus, which requires GCSE candidates to produce a portfolio of work throughout the two years of the course. This work is seen as a problem solving exercise and should demonstrate clear progression through a range of ideas or themes. The portfolio of work carries 60% of the total marks. Credit is given in the mark scheme for investigations and experimentation. In addition to the portfolio of work, a controlled test takes the form of an externally set paper, which gives candidates the opportunity to work independently within a ten-hour period and carries the remaining 40% of the total marks.

This is a broad course exploring practical and critical/contextual work through a range of 2D and/or 3D processes and new media and technologies. It is an unendorsed course where candidates can work in appropriate art, craft and design materials and processes such as painting and drawing, sculpture, ceramics, textile design and computer graphics. Candidates are expected to extend their knowledge and practical skills outside class contact time and will spend 2 hours per week in specialist rooms. During the first part of the course emphasis is given to developing an understanding of the use of tone, form, colour, texture etc. through a range of approaches, themes and media. Later more emphasis is given to candidates’ own research, development and lines of enquiry. Practice for the externally set task is given in both Years 10 and 11.


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