Art and Design


“Look at your life. What do you feel, watch, wear, listen to? Then think that someone designed it, painted it, wrote it, performed it, invented it. That someone is working in the creative industries; in future that someone could be you.” (Design Council)

The first step to a career in the creative industries is to study Art and Design at GCSE. Pupils will have the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding of the subject, they will be encouraged to form opinions and work more independently and have personal ownership of the work they do.

During the course pupils will experiment with a wide range of media and materials and develop many practical skills. They will investigate both contemporary and historical artists and designers to support their own practical work and ideas. Pupils will complete three major units of work which will be marked as Coursework at the end of the GCSE course or two units for the short course.

The following points are all important features of the course:

No written final exam – the Art exam consists of an externally set assignment with a timed 10-hour exam at the end of a period of preparation, research and development on a choice of given themes. The written element you will be required to do will be in annotation form and whilst researching and analysing both artists and your own work.

The exam traditionally takes place in March of Year 11 and so does not clash with other examinations, enabling you to spread your workload!
• Coursework is worth 60% and exam work is worth 40% of the total GCSE.
• You will have completed your entire Art and Design GCSE before starting your other GCSE examinations
• You will have the opportunity to work with many media including paint, digital art, print and 3D
• All your work will be marked to the same assessment criteria, which takes into account your practical and analytical skills, the way you develop ideas, your level of understanding and degree of personal involvement.

All your coursework is assessed regularly by your teacher throughout the course, and reassessed as a whole at the end of the course. Staff will mark your exam work, which is then checked by an external Exam Board (AQA) Moderator.


The schemes of work in KS3 cover the learning objectives and outcomes as specified in the National Curriculum. All schemes of work in KS3 are skills based, to ensure that our students have a shared experience and knowledge of using a variety of media and techniques. Students are introduced to artists and/or themes that will inspire each project and will be taught how to analyse and evaluate both their own work and that of others.

Pupils will learn about the formal elements of art and design such as line, tone, colour theory, pattern, texture, composition and so on. They will experiment with different techniques and media in 2 and 3D to improve their skill and technique.

Pupils will be assessed regularly and will be able to track their progress by national KS3 level indicators, will be expected to assess themselves and other pupils and as such, will have a clear idea of where they are in their learning and what they have to do to progress.

Themes include: Landscapes, Portraits, Events, Environments, Abstraction, Fantastic and Mythical and many others.

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