Art & Design
Key Stage 3
What will be studied:
Over the course of studying Art at Key Stage 3 , we aim to build students’ knowledge and abilities in Art as well as inspiring a love and enjoyment of Art, creativity and expression. Over the course of the three years, our core intent is to develop our students' observational skills through a variety of different themes such as the environment in which we live and portraits.
Alongside building these observational skills which can be applied to all aspects of school life as well as in the field of Art, we aim to give students an understanding of the breadth of different media, including watercolours and clay, developing their skills in using these mediums. We offer different progression routes at Key Stage 4, including GCSE Art which develops students’ fine Art skills to the more contemporary BTEC Art and Design where you could develop an interest in areas such as Digital Art, Graphics and photography.
We incorporate different artists, both contemporary and classic, linked to the theme we are studying. This gives students a wider understanding of the art world and often helps to inspire their own work. We aim to inspire our students for their own personal development as well as broadening their cultural understanding and people’s place in the environment. Art is not just a subject of study in school. It enriches all of us, opening our minds to the world of possibilities and our understanding of people.
GSCE Art & Design
Exam Board: EDEXCEL
Specification Number: 5862
Art and Design is both a form of communication and a means of expression of ideas and feelings. It is a language that can complement literary, mathematical, scientific and factually based subjects. It is especially concerned with the development processes involved in visual perception and aesthetic experiences. Art and Design encourages creativity through self- expression, use of the imagination, conceptual thinking, and powers of observation, analytical abilities and practical skills. The subject can give great personal joy.
The Art and Design GCSE is made up of two different marked sections. The first is Coursework; this is completed through Year 10 and the beginning of Year 11. This work allows students to explore different materials, which develops their skills and allows them to demonstrate a wide range of techniques. This work is always related to a theme or topic, but gives students some freedom to develop their own personal responses. The coursework units account for sixty percent of their final grade.
The second section is the external set examination work, which is set by the examination board during the January of Year 11. Students are given approximately ten weeks preparation time to create another body of work based on a theme given by the examination board. This body of work then supports the students' 10-hour exam in which they produce a final piece based upon their preparation work. The exam unit accounts for forty percent of their final grade.
All the work is internally assessed before being externally moderated.
Mode of Assessment
Both the coursework and Externally Set Task will be marked in the same way, using four Assessment Objectives. The assessment objectives are:
- AO1: Develop ideas through investigations informed by contextual and other sources demonstrating analytical and cultural understanding.
- AO2: Refine ideas through experimenting and selecting appropriate resources, media, materials, techniques and processes.
- AO3: Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions in visual and/or other forms.
- AO4: Present a personal, informed and meaningful response demonstrating analytical and critical understanding, realising intentions and where appropriate, making connections between visual, written, oral or other elements.
BTEC Foundation Diploma in Art & Design
Type of qualification: BTEC
Level of Course: 3
Aim of Course:
The qualification is designed for post-16 learners who want to progress to higher education in an Art and Design related discipline. It is an opportunity for learners to understand more about the scope of art and design and develop knowledge of the creative process. The optional units allow learners to study areas such as fashion, textiles, photography, and fine art. In order to follow either an Art or Fashion pathway, the Foundation Diploma is offered in a single option block which is the equivalent of one and a half A levels. For over 30 years, the BTEC has seen more students progressing to higher education than ever before; in 2013, over three times more students started UK higher education courses with a mix of A levels and BTEC Nationals than in 2008. Employers also seek out BTEC-qualified students: 4 out of 5 BTEC students who progressed into employment considered BTEC as an important stepping stone towards their dream job.
BTEC Nationals require applied learning that brings together knowledge and understanding with practical and technical skills. This is achieved through learners performing vocational tasks that encourage the development of vocational and transferable skills. The BTEC is structured so individual interests and future plans can be incorporated into studies, allowing students to develop areas of expertise.
There are 4 mandatory units which all students study. These are:
- Visual Recording and Communication
- Critical and Contextual Studies in Art and Design
- The Creative Process
- Materials, Techniques and Processes in Art and Design
Within these units, there are opportunities to pursue your own individual interests. After these compulsory units, you would choose to either pursue an Art and Design route or a Fashion route. There are 2 further units of study.
The Art and Design Route
- Photographic Materials, Techniques and Processes
- Fine Art Materials, Techniques and Processes
The Fashion Route
- Textile Materials, Techniques and Processes
- Fashion Materials, Techniques and Processes
Mode of Assessment:
There are two externally assessed units which test students through a set research task and written submissions and a task set and marked by the exam board and taken under supervised conditions. The other 4 units are internally assessed portfolio units.