GCSE Art & Design

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AQA Art and Design (Fine Art)

Homework Expectations

Homework is handed out weekly and students are expected to spend at least one hour on a sustained piece of drawing/painting work. As the course progresses, annotations and presentation also form part of the independent homework expectations. Drawing is an integral part of the course, students must enjoy drawing.

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Information about the course

Component 1 Coursework = 60%
Component 2 Externally Set Assignment = 40%

GCSE Component 1 Coursework = 60%
Comprising of two or more projects with supporting written work in the form of a sketchbook. Students will explore work in areas such as portraiture, still life, human form, surrealism and natural forms.

GCSE Component 2 Externally Set Assignment = 40%
A choice of up to seven project titles set by the exam board,students must choose one as their exam theme. Students will have a preparatory period of nine weeks in which to develop a sketchbook, leading to a 10 hour supervised drawing/painting exam. Students must be prepared to work outside school hours and at weekends in the run-up to the exam. Visits to galleries and museums are arranged on a regular basis for the benefit of students. Experience of other people's work allows students to explore the historical, social and technical aspects of all art and design, forming a basis for the work in sketchbooks and eventually their own final piece, which are an integral part of the whole course.

Year 7 / Year 8 - Art & Design

Information about the course

Students will work through a wide range of different short projects based on cultural themes, art movements and look at contemporary artists' work and how art impacts our daily lives. At the start of each year, The Foundation Governors purchase a quality A4 sketchbook for every art and design student. Students use this to present ideas in and are encouraged to develop skill using a variety of drawing and painting media. Drawing is an integral part of the course, which connects with the assessment objectives at GCSE.

Homework Expectations

Homework is handed out weekly and students are expected to spend between 30 and 45 minutes on a sustained piece of drawing / painting work, they have one week to complete this. As the course progresses, annotation and presentation also form part of the independent homework expectations. Students are encouraged to experiment with a broad range of media and become more and more independent with their work and studies as each project progresses.