Key Stage 3

In Key Stage 3, all students get the opportunity to work with an exciting range of materials and techniques, including: print paint pastel paper sculpture collage Students will also develop a range of different drawing methods. They will work in both 2D and 3D under different project titles such as self – image, culture and life events.


Key Stage 4

What will I study?

This course will be an inspiring GCSE that will encourage you to consider a wide range of approaches to expressing yourself through different materials, media and techniques including the use of textiles.

It will help you gain knowledge and understanding of art, craft and design in different societies and cultures. You will look at the work of both contemporary and historical Artists and use elements of their work to inspire you and your own ideas. You will experience working in a range of materials and practices such as print, mixed media, 3D, collage, paint, photography, refined drawing and mark making.


What can this course lead to?

The course is good preparation for progression to A-Level in Art and Design, Fine Art or Graphic Communication such as animation or a suitable vocational course. It could lead towards a career in fine art, new media, games development, illustration, stage design, architecture and much more.


How will this course be assessed?

Coursework 60% of your overall mark.

This GCSE has a coursework unit which will involve you producing a portfolio of work. Your portfolio will require you to:

  • Develop your ideas through investigations into contextual and cultural references (A01)
  • Explore and refine your ideas through experimenting and selecting appropriate materials (A02)
  • Record your ideas through drawing, photography and other visual forms (A03)
  • Present a personal response demonstrating understanding of sources (A04)

Exam 40% of your overall mark.

There is a 10 hour practical task at the end of the course, for which you will get time to prepare for. You will choose from a selection of given titles and produce work under your chosen theme. You will, as with your coursework portfolio, look at the work of others (A01), explore materials (A02) and record observations (A03). Your personal response (A04) is what you will produce during the 10 hour exam.