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GCSE Art & Design

Awarding Body : AQA

Overview of Course

Students will be introduced to a variety of experiences exploring a range of three dimensional media, techniques and processes. Students will be made aware of both traditional and new technologies. Students will explore relevant images, artefacts and resources relating to a range of art and design, from the past and from recent times, including European and non European examples.

This should be integral to the investigating and making process. Their responses to these examples must be shown through practical and critical activities which demonstrate the students’ understanding of different styles, genres and traditions. Students will explore drawing using a variety of methods and media on a variety of scales and should use sketchbooks/workbooks/ journals to underpin their work where appropriate.

Content and Assessment

Students will be required to work in one or more area(s) of three-dimensional design, such as those listed below. They may explore overlapping areas and combinations of areas.

  • Ceramics
  • Sculpture
  • Jewellery/body ornament
  • Exhibition design
  • Design for theatre, television, film
  • Interior design
  • Product design
  • Environmental design and architectural design.

Unit 1: Art and Design Portfolio of work Controlled assessment (80 marks – 60%)

Student portfolio selected from work undertaken during course of study and must include more than one project.

Unit 2: Externally Set Task Question papers issued from 1 January.

Marked by centre and moderated by AQA. Controlled assessment (80 marks – 40%)

  • Unlimited preparation time
  • 10 hours of sustained focused study
  • Students respond to their chosen starting point

Career Links

The study of Art and Design at GCSE may lead to employment opportunities in such roles as:- Drafting and Design Engineer, Computer Engineer, Mechanical Engineer, Electrical Engineer, Computer Engineer, Civil Engineer and many other roles.