Art and Design
WHAT DO STUDENTS LEARN IN ART AND DESIGN IN KEY STAGE 4?
Students expand their knowledge, understanding and skill set in art and design materials, techniques and processes. They are gradually encouraged to work independently and generate original ideas based on a theme, their own interests, thoughts or beliefs. A wide variety of artwork is studied to gain a deeper insight into the theory of art and application of ideas.
HOW WILL STUDENTS LEARN ON THIS COURSE?
During Year 10 students will observe class demonstrations from a specialist art teacher in a variety of techniques and media. They will be able to practise immediately with quality materials and media provided by the department. Gradually students will learn to work more independently and gain confidence in taking creative risks.
HOW ARE STUDENTS ASSESSED ON THIS COURSE?
Students are equally assessed on four assessment objectives;
AO1: Contextual research on artwork from any cultures and from any era.
AO2: Experimentation and development of ideas.
AO3: Recording ideas from observation, memory or imagination.
AO4: Creatively produce final outcomes based on sketchbook work.
Their coursework portfolio contributes 60% to their final grade, the whole exam project is worth 40% of their final grade. Students are assessed internally by Paulet Staff and then a sample of work is externally moderated by AQA.
WHAT IS THE LEARNING SEQUENCE?
In year 10 students will follow structured projects that cover observational drawing, experimentation with a wide range of media and materials, photography, three dimensional work, manipulation of materials and historical and contemporary artistic practice. Students will make final pieces based on their personal choices creatively taken during the project and can be of any size and any medium that the student feels confident utilizing at that stage. Outcomes can be painting, printmaking, sculpture or mixed media.
All work produced in Year 10 and part of Year 11 forms their coursework portfolio. In January of Year 11 students are given an exam paper with a choice of starting points, students are encouraged to respond independently and creatively to one starting point covering assessment objects AO1-AO3 for a minimum of ten weeks. After the 10 week preparatory period the students will complete their final piece in 10 hours under exam conditions in the art department (two whole days of lessons with breaks).
WHAT QUALIFICATION IS GAINED FROM WHICH EXAM BOARD?
Students will be awarded a grade 1-9 GCSE in Art and Design with AQA.
LINK TO EXAM BOARD SPECIFICATION
HOW IS IT GRADED?
Marks are awarded out of 24 for each assessment objective based on the student’s level of skill, their confidence and the consistency with which they progress. The students’ classroom art teacher will provide instant verbal feedback throughout the course and written feedback when necessary to enable students to progress and develop confidence. All coursework and exam work is assessed and moderated internally according to the specification’s criteria. A selection of work is then externally moderated.
WHAT FURTHER EDUCATION AND/OR CAREERS CAN THIS QUALIFICATION LEAD TO?
Art and Design allows students to access a wide range of careers in the creative industries. The ability to observe, examine, contextualise, experiment, develop an idea creatively, be original and work independently are sought after skill sets in any career. Students often go on to study Art at A level, Foundation Studies and Degree level helping them work in a wide range of design based careers like architecture, film making, games design, photography and fashion to name just a few. There are also opportunities to study Art therapy or develop private artistic practice.