The art and design national curriculum at key stage three aims to provide pupils with the opportunities to explore traditional media including paint, drawing, printmaking and sculpture as well as new media incorporating the Internet, computer enabled devices, animation, and digital photography to name a few. This broad range of media supports pupils in developing confidence, competence, imagination and creativity. Pupils work with a range of media to communicate ideas and meanings, and they learn to appreciate and value images and artefacts across times and cultures. Pupils reflect critically, on their own work and other peoples, judging quality, value and meaning. They develop an appreciation of art, craft and design and its role in the creative and cultural industries that enrich their lives.
This is part of the Creative Arts program which includes Music and Drama.
Pupils taking the examination in 2017
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.
Pupils produce a portfolio of work worth 60% of the overall marks and complete an externally set exam lasting 10 hours worth 40%.
Exam Title: Art and Design
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.
: 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
Student must complete both components.
Component 1: Portfolio
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
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.