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Art & Design

Curriculum Map Year 10

Curriculum Map Year 11

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Exam Board: AQA

Why study Art & Design?

Studying Art & Design is about being creative, but it will help you explore the world around you and see it differently. You will develop transferable skills that will enable you to develop visual awareness and an understanding of a multitude of art based techniques. Art allows you to explore our own and other cultures, histories and societies. It is about unpicking and reflecting on ideas and thoughts which will allow you to look at the world from different viewpoints.  

What does the course involve?

GCSE Art & Design is very much about you developing as an artist in your own right.

Year 10 develop a portfolio based around exploring contemporary artists and testing new materials and techniques. This is a large part of the 60% weighting of course work students needs to build up.  Throughout each mini project you will record ideas and thoughts visually, ranging from drawing, printing, painting, photography, collage, textiles and 3D work. 

In year 11 you will be set project briefs which will require you to explore a wide and varied array of sources of inspiration from different artists, designers and craftspeople. You will reflect on your research and use it to inform and inspire your own artistic experiments and outcomes.

How will the skills that I develop help me in my future career?

Future job prospects for those taking the Art route can be Art therapists, Community arts worker, Fashion designer, Fine artist, Graphic designer, Illustrator, Printmaker and Textile designer. Jobs where your degree would be useful include: Advertising account executive, Arts administrator, Multimedia specialist, Museum/gallery curator and Youth Worker. Industries that will look for a creative or arts based education are marketing, advertising, internet, publishing and education.

Studying Art GCSE doesn’t mean you have to only be interested in the arts. The future needs cultural and creative industries and broader innovation for growth in the UK. We need creative scientists as much as we need designers who understand the property of materials, affordability and sustainability of new technologies.

How will I be assessed?

Unit 1: Portfolio of work/coursework - 60%

Unit 2: Exam - 40% 

Who do I need to contact?

For more information, please email:

 Mrs Coughtrey -

 Miss Jugurnauth -