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GCSE Art & Design (Fine Art) Course

Exam Board and Specification Code: AQA (8202)

The Course
The initial two terms are spent on disciplined painting and drawing projects with the accent on texture, scale and descriptive qualities. Projects include still life, abstract composition and figure drawing. Printmaking and ceramics can also form a final piece in a unit and you will be expected to attempt these media. Work must be documented and researched using sketchbooks and supporting studies. In the Summer term, you will
complete your personal portfolio, which is one of the two coursework units on which you’ll be assessed. The other is an externally-set assignment which you will have at the end of the course.

You will learn a variety of skills. You will learn how to undertake visual research using primary and secondary sources and record observations, experiences and ideas in appropriate ways. You will learn how to develop and realise ideas and outcomes, explore and review possible solutions and modify your work appropriately. You will come to understand and use appropriately and safely a range of materials, equipment, processes and techniques. Finally, you will become familiar with a range of work from past and contemporary practice and from different cultures, so that you are able to demonstrate an understanding of continuity and change in art, craft and design.

What skills do I need?
Students entering this course should ideally have achieved a general educational level equivalent to National Curriculum Level 3. The course will suit you if you are creative, enthusiastic and imaginative and want to communicate your ideas and opinions through drawing, painting, photography, sculpture, and/or digital art. You should enjoy learning how to use different processes to develop your visual skills, and be willing to
experiment and take risks with your ideas. How is the course assessed?

How is the course assessed?
The course is divided into two units .Unit 1 is a personal portfolio which must include at least one extended project but will also include examples of experimentation with materials, styles and techniques.  There may also be the opportunity to present a response to an exhibition or museum visit. This unit is worth 60% of the final mark awarded. Unit 2 is an externally set assignment , set by AQA  and is worth 40% of the mark awarded. Both units are marked in college by the end of May - followed by a visit by an external assessor who moderates the marks.

Reading
The Story of Art By E. Gombrich Published by Phaidon Press, ISBN 978-0714832470

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