AQA GCSE in Art & Design
The aims and learning outcomes of the GCSE Art and Design course is designed to encourage candidates to:
- Actively engage in the process of Art and Design in order to develop as effective and independent candidates and as critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds.
- Develop creative skills, through learning to use imagination and intuition when exploring and creating images and artefacts. Become confident in taking risks and learning from their mistakes when exploring and experimenting with ideas, materials, tools and techniques.
- Develop competence, with increasing independence, in refining and developing ideas and proposals, and personal outcomes or solutions. Learning to actively engage with the experience of working with a broad range of media, materials and techniques.
- Develop cultural knowledge, understanding and application of art in historical and contemporary contexts, societies and cultures. Also, develop an understanding of the different roles, functions, audiences and consumers of art practice.
- Develop critical understanding through investigative, analytical, experimental, interpretive, practical, technical and expressive skills.
- Develop personal attributes including self-confidence, resilience, perseverance, self-discipline and commitment.
GCSE courses are divided into two units:
Component 1: Art and Design Portfolio (coursework)
60% of total marks
Candidates produce a portfolio of work developed from personal and/or centre-devised starting point. The portfolio will be selected from the projects produced throughout the two years and must be produced under controlled assessment conditions – approximately 45 hours (15 – 18 school weeks as a guide). These units is assessed internally (marked out of 96) and moderated by AQA.
Component 2: Art and Design AQA-set Task (exam)
40% of total marks
Candidates select one question from the exam paper (released January of examination year) to which they produce a personal response. Candidates will be given a period of time determined by the centre in which to prepare and ten hours of controlled time in which to realise their intentions to outcome(s). This unit is assessed internally (marked out of 96) and moderated by AQA.
A01 Develop Ideas
Develop their ideas through investigations informed by contextual and other sources, demonstrating analytical and cultural understanding.
A02 Explore Ideas
Refine their ideas through experimenting and selecting appropriate resources, media, materials, techniques and processes.
A03 Record Ideas
Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to their intentions in visual and/or other forms.
A04 Present a Response
Present a personal, informed and meaningful response demonstrating analytical and critical understanding, realising intentions and making connections between visual, written, oral or other elements.
GCSE Art & Design
At Holcombe Grammar School, we offer two endorsements at GCSE – Fine Art and Photography
Fine art practice is defined here as the need to explore an idea, convey an experience or respond to a theme or issue of personal significance.
Areas of study
In Component 1 and Component 2, students are required to work in one or more area(s) of fine Art, such as those listed below:
- lens-/light-based media
- photography and the moving image
- mixed media
- land art.
They may explore overlapping areas and combinations of areas.
These areas should not be dealt with as distinctive projects but candidates should aim to produce work utilising a wide range of media and techniques within each unit in order to cover the criteria laid out by AQA.
All students in Year 9 will complete a foundation year where they will explore a large range of different media, techniques and processes. Towards the end of Year 9 students can decide whether to opt for Photography or continue with Fine Art.