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Art & Design (AQA)

Why study Art & Design?
Studying Art & Design isn’t just about being creative, but it will help you explore the world around you and yourself. You will develop transferable skills that will enable you to create practical solutions to problem solving, develop visual awareness and work individually or in groups towards your goals. 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.
You will be set project briefs which will require you to explore a wide and varied array of sources of inspiration from different artists, cultures and nature. You will reflect on your research and use it to inform and inspire your own artistic outcomes.

Lessons will explore different techniques which you will need to refine and develop before you create final ideas and outcomes.

Coursework is 2 projects, creating a sketchbook for each theme. You will also develop large-scale work to build a portfolio. This will be used as coursework and hopefully for when applying to college should you choose to follow an Art route. Throughout each project you will record ideas and thoughts visually, ranging from drawing, printing, painting, photography, collage and 3D work. 

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 Miss Cole - or Mr Lloyd -