Soham Village College

GCSE Art & Design

What is GCSE Art & Design all about?

It’s about having an adventurous and enquiring approach to art and design and developing the skills to express it. You will have the choice to develop an understanding of past or contemporary art and design and be able to produce a personal response embracing a range of ideas. You will have the opportunity to experiment with a range of materials and techniques of your choice. You will learn how to be more skilful in all methods of creating artwork including drawing, painting, ceramics, printmaking and any other medium you may choose to work with. No form of art work is compulsory. This course is an opportunity for students to develop their own artistic practice based on their own interests and skills with the support of their teacher in enable them to develop and improve their skills.

Key Subject Aims

This specification aims to develop:

  • Creative and imaginative ability and the practical skills for engaging with responding to the work of existing artists, designers and crafts people (Researching artists).
  • Investigating and experimenting with a range of media and techniques in order to develop ideas for their own art work (Experimenting with materials and techniques).
  • Developing and improving practical observations skills to improve the quality of all art work including drawing, painting, printmaking and ceramics and any other chosen medium (learning how to produce successful realistic images)
  • Designing and planning personal outcomes in response to their research (planning for their own final pieces).
  • Personal attributes including self-confidence, resilience, perseverance, self-discipline and commitment.

After GCSE Art & Design you may decide to go onto one of the many sixth form centres offering a variety of advanced courses in Art and Design based subjects. Career opportunities are many and varied including advertising, photography, marketing, graphic design, interior design, fashion design, industrial design, computer graphics, photo journalism, set designer, illustrator, textiles, printing, sculpture, film maker, commercial work, teaching, costumier and painter.

Assessment

At the end of the course, you will be marked on the following TWO units, ASSESSMENT will carry the following weighting of marks: Personal Portfolio = 60% Ten hour test = 40%

  1. Unit 1. Personal Portfolio (coursework) – This unit will be supported by the work journal, which contains evidence of the development of your ideas, including references to the work of other artists, showing understanding of meanings, contexts, and the ability to make skilled judgements using an appropriate visual/verbal form and a final piece.
  2. Unit 2. Externally Set Assignment (Exam) – 10 Hour Test.  You will be given a period of time to enable you to prepare your ideas in support of your exam piece, in your work journal with support from your teacher.

In year 10 students can opt to take one of three Art and Design courses available at the college. These are:

Assessment

At the end of the course, you will be marked on the following TWO units, ASSESSMENT will carry the following weighting of marks: Personal Portfolio = 60% Ten hour test = 40%

  1. Unit 1. Personal Portfolio (coursework) – This unit will be supported by the work journal, which contains evidence of the development of your ideas, including references to the work of other artists, showing understanding of meanings, contexts, and the ability to make skilled judgements using an appropriate visual/verbal form and a final piece.

  2. Unit 2. Externally Set Assignment (Exam) – 10 Hour Test.  You will be given a period of time to enable you to prepare your ideas in support of your exam piece, in your work journal with support from your teacher.

In Year 10 students can opt to take one of three Art and Design courses available at the college. These are:

GCSE Art & Design

Exam Board

Qualification

Specification

EdExcel Exam Board - GCSE Art & Design (Unendorsed 2AD01)

GCSE Art

1FA0

This is the traditional Art GCSE course (also known as fine art) which the school has been running successfully for several years. In this specification the students will have to work within their choice of AT LEAST two of the following areas of study:

Drawing (using pastel, charcoal, pencil, ink chalk and digital drawing)

Installation (the use of installation materials, media and techniques such as film, projection, live performance, objects, text, audio elements, designed interior and exterior spaces)

Lens/light based media (including video, film, animation and photography)

Mixed Media (including textiles, collage, found objects and digital work)

Land art (The use of a range of land art materials, eg. Sand, mud, clay, wood, found objects and manipulation of environmental elements)

Printmaking (Using lino, screen printing, intaglio, relief, lithography, dry point, etching or monoprint)

Painting (abstract or representation painting using all, some or one of gouache, watercolour, oils, acrylic, dyes, brushes, pallet knives and on a range of surfaces)

Sculpture (carving, modelling, joining, constructing reducing in any 3D medium including clay.)

Please note that students are not restricted to use only two from the list above, they are able to use any other mediums they wish to in addition.

GCSE Art, Craft & Design (with Photography)

EdExcel Exam Board - GCSE Art & Design (Unendorsed 2AD01)

GCSE Art, Craft & Design (with Photography)

1AD0

In this course students must produce work from AT LEAST one of any of the areas above (in fine art) and AT LEAST one from photography below. This can include:

Documentary photography: The use of a range of photography materials, tools and techniques such as compositions, proximity to the subject, focal points and the involvement of the photographer with the scene being documented.

Photo-journalism: The use of a range of photo-journalism materials, tools and techniques such as manipulation of images for artistic effect through depth of field, shutter speed, focal points and viewpoints.

Studio photography: The use of a range of studio photography materials, tools and techniques such as lighting and the use of light, props, posing and the arrangement of objects.

Location photography: The use of a range of location photography materials, tools and techniques such as lighting and light metering and developing site-specific shoot plans.

Experimental imagery: use of experimental imagery materials, Photoshop or other digital editing software or manual manipulation.

Please note that students are not restricted to use only two from the list above, they are able to use any other mediums they wish to in addition.

GCSE Art Textile Design

Exam Board

Qualification

Specification

EdExcel Exam Board - GCSE Art & Design (Unendorsed 2AD01)

GCSE Art Textile Design

1TE0

In this specification the students will have to work within their choice of AT LEAST two of the following areas of study:

Constructed Textiles: Innovative manipulation and reworking or threads and fabrics.

The use of a range of constructed textiles materials, tools and techniques such as woven and stitched, materials and digital and non-digital processes.

Digital Textiles: The design of textiles, employing digital techniques for use in commercial and creative industries such as fabric, carpet and wall paper design. The use of a range of digital textiles materials, tools and techniques such as traditional and non-traditional methods for recording and developing ideas in colour, construction, design, repeat pattern, surfaces and materials.

Dyed fabrics: The use of natural and dyed synthetics. The use of resist and applied techniques with natural and man-made fibres.

Printed fabrics: The use of printed textiles to create bespoke pieces and haute couture. The use of a range of printed textiles materials, tools and techniques such as mono print, transfer relief, relief print, wood cut, lino cut, silk screen and digital printing on fabrics.

Fashion design: The design and creation of clothing and fashion for creative and commercial audiences, clients and consumers. The use of a range of fashion design techniques, materials and tools such as pattern cutting, adornment, accessories and illustration on fabrics and garments with consideration of sustainable materials, recycling and ethical manufacture.

Installed textiles: The use of textiles to control and transform perception in a site specific interior space. The use of a range of installed textiles materials, tools and techniques such as padding, collage and assemblage.

Soft furnishings: The design of constructed textiles for use in furnished interiors, utilising their tactile and physical qualities for intended purposes. The creative use of the tactile and physical qualities of textiles in an interior space.

Stitched or embellished textiles: The design of stitched and/or embellished textiles for use in creative and commercial industries such as fashion, costume and interiors. The use of a range of stitched and/or embellished textiles materials, tools and techniques such as application and incorporation of media, objects and embellishments, hand and machine stitching.

All subject aims and assessment is the same for both courses, the only difference is the greater of lesser focus on photography and Textiles as a medium.

Other Information

Prior to starting the course in September you will be given research to undertake during the summer vacation.  This will form the basis of all work produced in the first year of the course. The second summer break will be spent researching work for the final year.

There will be visits throughout the course to local and national art galleries to view ground breaking art and design from between the 13th and 21st Century first hand in both Year 10 and 11 as well as workshop activities from established artists and designers to learn techniques not usually available in school to enhance student’s knowledge, skills and inspiration.