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Course contact: Ms Dainton - daintonc@harpergreen.net

Specification: GCSE

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Course Outline

In GCSE Fine Art, you will develop an understanding through practical making and investigating. You will study the work of artists, craftspeople and designers from different periods, cultures and traditions, learning from their ideas and working methods. You will have the opportunity to learn new skills in various art techniques.

A typical lesson might involve...

  • A clear structure with opportunities to discuss fine art, recap prior knowledge, share your opinions, and experiment with new materials
  • Regular opportunities to evaluate your progress and identify further development/focus areas
  • Teacher demonstrations visually explaining how to improve your art practice
  • Use of exemplar work from past students in addition to art books and online resources such as Pinterest and lllustrationweb

You will also be expected to spend at least 1-2 hours a week outside lessons, independently completing/improving and adding to coursework for your portfolio.

How will I be assessed?

Your work will be assessed through 2 units of work:

  • Unit 1: 60% - Portfolio of your work - The work you produce over the two years will be kept in a portfolio and, towards the end of Year 11, your best work from more than one project will be selected
  • Unit 2: 40% - Externally-set task - In January of Year 11, you will be given an examination question paper and have specific preparation time in lessons and prior to a practical examination, which will take place over 10 hours.

You should choose Art if...

  • You like to be experimental and use a variety of different materials and techniques
  • You have a good work ethic and enjoy doing artistic activities in your spare time
  • You like drawing and want to improve both your figurative (realistic) and creative drawing
  • You are creative and imaginative

What qualifications will I achieve and what could I do afterwards?

A lot of occupations and careers require you to have GCSE Art and Design, and it is highly recommended for others. Such occupations include animation, illustration, computer graphics, body art, costume/jewellery design, stylist, interior design, architecture, footwear/clothing design, beauty and makeup including special FX makeup, fashion design, product design, games design etc. The creative industries are now worth more nearly £10 million per hour to the UK economy.

Colleges and Universities differ in entry requirements and typically prioritise the quality and variety of skill within your portfolio than a specific grade. They would likely expect you to complete a Foundation Arts diploma prior to a degree in any arts area.

It is also beneficial to pursue work experience in your desired area as this is highly regarded by the industry.

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Art Information Presentation

Art - Student Perspectives

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