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GCSE Fine Art

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Why study this course?

This course is designed to help you explore a wide range of visual media and styles, both traditional and digital. You will develop ideas for projects based on your own interests and artists of your choice who inspire you. You can choose from a wide variety of options, from traditional painting media, to concept art and illustration, photography, digital art, 3D, and even fashion/textiles.

What can you expect from this course?

The course structure is designed to imitate the format in which professional artists and designers work in, including planning, research, sketching ideas, experimenting with materials, and drafting versions. Students have a structure to work in, but within this structure they have a lot of freedom to choose projects and artists they are interested in. This means that each class has a wide range of outcomes, and that you can choose projects that are based on your strengths and interests.

How is it assessed?

This is assessed holistically, with 4 different assessment objectives, each weighted equally. As art is often subjective, we measure as objectively as we can: the thoroughness and relevance of research and development of ideas, documentation and recording (including drawing, photographs and reflection), media experimentation, and final outcome (and how it links to the developmental work). This means that your preparatory work is crucial to your success.

What are the entry requirements?

You should have some drawing skills and be willing to work hard to be thorough in your work and to continue developing your skills.

What can I do after completing this qualification?

You will show that you are a well-rounded candidate, as creativity is now considered a vital industry asset. You will have a portfolio that can take you to an A-level creative course, or show that you are practically-minded for other courses (such as sciences and other subjects with a practical aspect). Thinking and making creatively benefits many other areas of study!

What will I study?

Year 10 and Year 11 up to January of your year 11 comprises your portfolio (60%) of your grade.

We have a theme for year 10 which changes every year (past themes include Japanese art, Identity, and Graffiti/Street art);

Your year 11 project is based on the theme of Reinvention.

Your exam consists of a paper issued by AQA with several themes. Choose 1 theme and you have 8 weeks to prepare for your final outcome. The final outcome is made in a 10-hour exam supervised session (40% of your grade).

Additional activities within this subject

Illustration, photography, fashion/textile, concept design, digital art, 3D art

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