GCSE Curriculum

GCSE Art, Craft and Design Curriculum

It is important to consider GCSE Art and Design as an option if your child is interested in a career in the creative industries. Examples of such careers include architecture, graphic design, web design, illustration, computer game design, digital media, fashion, product design, car design, textile design and animation.

However, art can also be great preparation for any career that requires fine motor skills, presentation skills, an eye for aesthetics or creative thinking.

The course involves a wide range of media and techniques including drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, digital media and ceramics. The school actively encourages out-of-school experiences allowing students to participate in artist-led workshops at locations including the Yorkshire Sculpture Park and The Hepworth Gallery. Students also have the opportunity to work closely with a ceramics specialist who draws on the department’s expertise and resources to develop students’ practical skills in three-dimensional form.

The qualification supports students to develop a wide range of interest, learning styles and aspirations for their progression to A-level, Art Foundation, an apprenticeship or college.

Students will learn to:
• apply a creative approach to facing challenges,
• express individual thoughts, choices and ideas confidently,
• take risks, and learn from them,
• reflect and analyse their own work and those of others,
• demonstrate self-discipline and time management skills.

How will each student be assessed?
Coursework is worth 60% of the student’s final grade. They will work on this during Years 9, 10 and the first half of Year 11.

In the second half of Year 11 they will do a final project called the Externally Set Task; this will be worth 40% of their final grade and culminates in a 10-hour exam. Students will need to work independently during these 10 hours but the teacher will be able to support your child through the rest of the project.

All the work will be moderated formally by the art department continually throughout the project. At the end of Year 11 the students’ work will be formally assessed and checked by the exam board.

Will students’ need any special equipment?
Students will need to be equipped every lesson with a pencil, rubber and sharpener. It would be helpful if students owned their own pencil crayons, a range of sketching pencils, watercolours and paintbrushes. Any other art media or material will be a bonus!