“Art and Design stimulates creativity and imagination. It provides visual, tactile and sensory experiences and a unique way of understanding and responding to the world. Pupils use colour, form, texture, pattern and different materials and processes to communicate what they see feel and think.”
The National Curriculum for England DFES/ QCA
Art and Design at Key Stage 4
The GCSE course encourages students to develop: creative and imaginative powers, and practical skills for communicating and expressing ideas, feelings and meanings in art, craft and design; investigate, analytical, experimental and interpretative capabilities, aesthetic understanding and critical skills; understanding of codes and conventions of art, craft and design and awareness of contexts in which they operate; knowledge and understanding of art, craft and design in contemporary societies and in other times and cultures.
As part of the course pupils are expected to develop two, three or four units of coursework. A coursework unit should include preparatory work, sketch books, logs or journals related to the final piece(s) in the chosen area(s) of study. All assessment objectives must be met in the Coursework as a whole.
Students will be required to demonstrate their ability to:
AO1 record observations, experiences and ideas in forms that are appropriate to intentions;
AO2 analyse and evaluate images, objects and artefacts showing understanding of context;
AO3 develop and explore ideas using media, processes and resources, reviewing, modifying and refining work as it progresses;
AO4 present a personal response, realising intentions and making informed connections with the work of others.
At the end of year 11 the GCSE Students take part in a examination where Students will be required to respond to one starting point in their chose option. A response to all assessment objectives is required. Starting points will be set by AQA. Students are provided with a preparatory period of 4 weeks, followed by 10 hours of supervised time. Students will be expected to develop their own work to resolve their investigations, producing a final piece or pieces based upon preparatory studies and research.