Subject: Art and Design
Head of Department: Mrs L Clitheroe

KS3 Information:

Key Stage 3 is a foundation course which aims to increase the confidence of our students in a variety of media regardless of ability.

All of our students will gain some experience in the following areas:

  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Textiles
  • Print making
  • Ceramics
  • Sculpture
  • ICT

Throughout Key Stage 3 students research a wealth of artists from around the world. Students then use this research to help them develop their own work; students are set homework once a week appropriate to the project. Displays are used within the classroom to support each project. Students leave Key Stage 3 art with a level of satisfaction and enjoyment from their experience of the subject.

KS4 Information:
Pupils taking the examination

At key stage 4 we follow a two year, full time AQA art and design specification. This is a broad course exploring practical, critical/contextual work through a range of 2D and/or 3D processes and new technologies. The course allows pupils to work in appropriate art, craft and design materials and working methods.

Assessment how?

Pupils produce a portfolio of work worth 60% of the overall marks and complete an externally set exam lasting 10 hours worth 40%.

Exam Information:

Exam Title: Art, Craft and Design

Exam Type: GCSE

Exam Board: AQA

Pupils taking the examination 2018 onwards.
Art, craft and design

This title promotes learning across a variety of experiences and through various processes, tools,techniques, materials and resources to generate different kinds of evidence of working and outcomes.Emphasis is on an increased breadth of approach commensurate in demand with the other titles.The context of practice, rather than the breadth of activities and/or range of media employed,determines whether a student’s work can be described as art-based, craft-based and/or design-based.

Knowledge, understanding and skills

Students must explore and create work associated with areas of study from at least two titles listed below.

  • Fine art

For example drawing, painting, sculpture, installation, lens-/light-based media, photography and the moving image, printmaking, mixed media and land art.

  • Graphic communication

For example communication graphics, design for print, advertising and branding, illustration, package design, typography, interactive design, (including web, app and game), multi-media, motion graphics, signage and exhibition graphics.

  • Textile design

For example art textiles, fashion design and illustration, costume design, constructed textiles, printed and dyed textiles, surface pattern, stitched and/or embellished textiles, soft furnishings and/or textiles for interiors, digital textiles and installed textiles.

  • Three-dimensional design

For example architectural design, sculpture, ceramics, product design,jewellery and body adornment, interior design, environmental/landscape/garden design, exhibition design, three-dimensional digital design and designs for theatre, film and television.

  • Photography

For example portraiture, location photography, studio photography, experimental imagery, installation, documentary photography, photo-journalism, moving image: film, video and animation, fashion photography.

Component 1: must show evidence of working in areas of study drawn from two or more of the titles taking into account the distinguishing characteristics of art, craft and design.

Component 2: must show evidence of areas of study drawn from one or more of the titles.The areas of study selected for Component 1 can be the same as, or different from, those selected for Component 2.

Students must explore, through a range of two-dimensional and/or three-dimensional processes and media, practical application of skills and relevant critical and contextual sources such as the work of contemporary artists, craftspeople and designers and the different purposes, intentions and functions of art, craft and design as appropriate to their own work

Assessment how?

Student must complete both components.

Component 1: Portfolio

What’s assessed

A portfolio that in total shows explicit coverage of the four assessment objectives. It must include a sustained project evidencing the journey from initial engagement to the realisation of intentions and a selection of further work undertaken during the student’s course of study.

How it’s assessed

  • No time limit
  • 96 marks
  • 60% of GCSE

Non-exam assessment (NEA) set and marked by the school/college and moderated by AQA during a visit. Moderation will normally take place in June

Component 2: Externally set assignment

What’s assessed

Students respond to their chosen starting point from an externally set assignment paper relating to their subject title, evidencing coverage of all four assessment objectives.

How it’s assessed

  • Preparatory period followed by 10 hours of supervised time
  • 96 marks
  • 40% of GCSE

Non-exam assessment (NEA) set by AQA; marked by the school/college and moderated by AQA during a visit. Moderation will normally take place in June.

Exam information: