ART and DESIGN (Edexcel)
GCSE Course Outline
“I don’t think about Art when I’m working. I try to think about life.” Jean-Michel Basquiat
Who Should Study GCSE Art and Design?
GCSE Art and Design meets the needs of students who wish to take up a wide range of careers - practical or academic and leads to Art and Design A level. Whether you have an inborn talent, natural creativity or simply a desire to make things and learn how to do this better this is your subject. It is suited to students who have an interest and/or skill which they would like to develop.
What Topics and Questions Will I Study In GCSE Art and Design?
- Explore both contemporary and historical sources of art, craft and design first hand
- Take an individual approach to art, craft and design making
- Develop the skill of selecting their best and most appropriate work for presentation.
- You will gain first-hand experience and critical awareness of works of art and design via visits to galleries and museums.
- All students will have to submit evidence of using drawing to support the development process in both Component 1 and Component 2.
- All students will have to use written annotation and appropriate specialist terminology to record their ideas, observations, insights and independent judgements.
- You will develop investigative, analytical, experimental and interpretative capabilities, aesthetic understanding and critical skills.
- In Component2 (Preparatory work plus an 10 hour timed exam), you will explore a theme set by the exam board
What Challenges Will I Face In Art and Design?
- To apply a creative approach to problem solving
- To consider and develop original ideas from initiation to realisation
- To analyse critically their your work and the work of others
- To express individual thoughts and choices confidently
- To take risks, experiment and learn from mistakes.
What Careers Can Art and Design Lead To?
There are multiple career paths to pursue within the creative industries. Fine Art, Design for Textiles, Fashion, Product, Furniture, Ceramics, Graphics, Illustration, Architecture, Interior design, Theatre, Television, Film, Photography, Advertising, Galleries, Museum and Heritage.
Component 1 Personal
Internally set and marked, externally moderated.
60% of GCSE Exam
Final assessment is in May/June 2019
- Students create a personal portfolio of work that demonstrates knowledge, understanding and skills.
- Students must work within one of the following titles: Art, Craft and Design; Fine Art; Graphic Communication; Textile Design; Three-dimensional Design; Photography.
- Students undertaking Art, Craft and Design must create work associated with areas of study chosen from at least two of the above titles.
- Allows students opportunities to develop and explore ideas,
research primary and contextual sources.
- Experiment with media, materials, techniques and processes
- Develop critical analysis skills and assimilate ideas
- Present personal response(s) to theme(s) set by the centre.
Externally set, internally marked and externally moderated.
10 hour exam
40% of GCSE Exam
Final assessment is in May/June 2019
Externally Set Assignment
- Externally set broad-based thematic starting point released in January.
- A centre-devised preparatory study period followed by a 10-hour sustained focus period in which students create personal response(s).
- Students’ work must comprise:
- Preparatory studies
- Personal response(s)
- Internally assessed and externally moderated.
Structure of the Course
The course will be taught for 3 x 1 hour lessons per week. Homework will be set weekly and deadlines must be adhered to. Reading of textbooks and first-hand experience of works of art and design is essential.
Reference Prior and During Course
The Drawing Book, Sarah Simblet Dorling Kindersley 2005
The 20th Century Art Book, Susannah, Lawson Phaidon Press 1999
Introductory Summer Work
Make a series of observational drawings in a range of materials recording your world.
Select an artist and express your opinion about their work.