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Fine Art GCSE

 

General Information

This course develops skills in creative thinking and problem solving and generates self-motivated, independent learners.The course is structured to enable students to confidently develop their own ideas with guidance and support. Students are introduced in lessons to a variety of experiences, exploring a range of fine art media, techniques and processes. This includes traditional fine art practices and new technologies. They will explore images and resources from the past and recent times to inspire their own work. Students investigate drawing for different purposes and use sketchbooks to support their work. Students are required to work in one or more areas of fine art and may explore overlapping areas:

  •  Painting and drawing
  •  Mixed media including collage and assemblage
  •  Sculpture
  •  Printmaking
  •  Lens-based media and new technology

Students will be expected to demonstrate skills and techniques and use different approaches to recording images from observation and imagination. They must show knowledge and an understanding of how feelings and meanings are conveyed in images by other artists and how they relate to social and historical context. They must develop a working vocabulary of specialist terms within fine art. In order to explore different themes in art students are encouraged to discuss images in lessons and annotate their work with their own opinions. Homework is set regularly and builds upon the skills and knowledge gained in lessons. A successful coursework portfolio is a result of effort and hard work. Students are encouraged to attend after-school lessons to help them produce high-quality work.

  • UNIT 1- Portfolio of work (60 per cent)

Students will complete a minimum of 2 in-depth projects as part of their portfolio of work which should be thoughtfully presented and meet the four assessment objectives. The work should demonstrate their ability to sustain work from an initial starting point to the realisation of intentions and include evidence of their research.

  • UNIT 2 - Externally set task (40 per cent - this begins in January in year 11)

Students will receive an examination paper from the exam board which is discussed in lessons with the class teacher. Each student will select a question as a starting point within the paper and develop their work in accordance with the assessment objectives. They will work in a similar way to how they have produced their portfolio of work. This work will take place in lessons and will culminate in a ten-hour examination in which students produce a personal response to their exam question which will then be marked by the centre and checked by an external moderator.

Assessment

  • GCSE Level Examination
  • Coursework 60 per cent
  • Examination 40 per cent