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The nature of Art and Design means this GCSE has many varied options allowing for candidates to produce individual and creative work. Students may study either the Fine Art or Textiles option.

Candidates are assessed on their ability to:

• Develop their ideas through investigations informed by contextual and other sources demonstrating analytical and cultural understanding

• Refine their ideas through experimenting and selecting appropriate resources, media, materials, techniques and processes

• Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to their intentions in visual and/or other forms

• Present a personal, informed and meaningful response demonstrating analytical and critical understanding, realising intentions and where appropriate, making connections between visual, written, oral or other elements.

Fine Art Option

Students will produce work of a ‘Fine Art’ nature. This option enables students to work in a wide range of materials and techniques including: painting, sculpture, land art, installation, printmaking, drawing, ICT, photography, film, graphics, video or mixed media. Students who have a particular interest in photography will be given the option to study it as part of the Fine Art course, producing work using a range of photography and photo-manipulation techniques. These students should select ‘Fine Art’ from the Options list.

Textiles Option

This option gives students the opportunity to work with a wide range of materials and experiment with new techniques. These techniques include: batik; silk painting; stencil printing; bonding; embellishment and bead making. Students will also develop drawing skills, mixed media, photography and computer manipulation.

Coursework Requirements for Fine Art/Textiles (60%)

Candidates are required to submit 2 or 3 projects. A project consists of preparation work and a final piece/s. This will be a variety of sketchbook and sheet work, experiments, plans and research.

Exam Requirements for Fine Art/Textiles (40%)

In the January of Year 11, candidates will be given an exam paper and will choose 1 of 7 questions as their starting point. They will then produce preparation work on their chosen theme until April and are then given 10 hours to produce a final piece.

Homework Expectations

Regular homework is very important. Sometimes there may be a specific task set and other times the task will be individual to the student. Homework will be directly related to the Unit of Work being produced.

Examination Syllabus: AQA Art & Design: Fine Art or Textile Design.

Head of Department: Mrs N. Stott


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