Art and Design – Fine Art GCSE
The aims of the course
The GCSE Fine Art course aims to give you a broad education in the varied aspects of Art and Design. You will be expected to use research, recording, analysing, exploration, developing and experimentation skills throughout the course when producing work, using a variety of materials and techniques. The Fine Art course allows you to develop your 2D and 3D skills, initially focusing on observation, recording and sculpture.
The course structure
It is a 3 year course; Year 9 is classed as a foundation year with the initial project focused on developing skills learnt in Years 7 and 8. In Years 10 and 11 you will continue to produce your coursework portfolio and prepare for your final exam. You will complete 3 assessed projects and your final exam throughout Years 9, 10 and 11 based on a variety of themes, linking your work with different cultures, artists, designers and crafts people, as well as photographers.
You will experience a wide range of materials and techniques including:
Drawing Painting Textiles
Sculpture Photography Printing
Experimental Work Mixed Media
How the course is assessed
Coursework 60% Exam 40%
The coursework produced in Year 9, 10 and 11 is worth 60% of your overall GCSE grade. The Externally Set Assignment, which is completed in Year 11 and set by the exam board, includes preparation time and a final practical exam, which accounts for the final 40%. All work produced in class and at home is assessed.
Resources and additional information
Home learning is an integral part of each art based GCSE and expectations are high. Art club sessions are used regularly by many Art and Design pupils in all year groups. Sketchbook work is an essential requirement of the course, it will also help if you have a variety of quality art materials at home to produce refined coursework through Home Learning, art packs are available to buy from the Art department.
Recommended basic equipment for home learning:
Range of shading pencils Coloured pencils Watercolour Paint
Acrylic Paint Suitable A3 art folder Rubber and sharpener.
Head of Subject Presentation – Helen Clark