Art, Craft and Design
Key Stage 3
In art, craft and design, students explore visual, tactile and other sensory experiences to communicate ideas and meanings. They work with traditional and new media, developing confidence, competence, imagination and creativity. They learn to appreciate and value images and artefacts across times and cultures, and to understand the contexts in which they were made. In art, craft and design, students reflect critically on their own and other people's work, judging quality, value and meaning. They learn to think and act as artists, crafts people and designers, working creatively and intelligently.
Key Stage 4
Students can select from one of the the four following specialisms:
- Fine Art
- Three-dimensional design
Students undertake two portfolio projects in Year 10 and Year 11. There is one Externally Set Task in Year 11. The most successful portfolio project is selected and is worth 60% of the GCSE grade. The Set Task is worth 40% of the GCSE grade.
Students are marked on four Assessment Objectives (AO). Each AO is marked out of 24.
The four AOs are as follows:
AO1 Develop ideas through investigations, demonstrating critical understanding of sources.
A02 Refine work by exploring ideas, selecting and experimenting with appropriate media, materials, techniques and processes.
AO3 Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions as work progresses.
AO4 Present a personal and meaningful response that realises intentions and demonstrates understanding of visual language.
Portfolio 60%. Set Task 40%
Key Stage 5
This is a two year course in which students can choose whether to study Textiles OR Fine Art.
The course consists of two elements:
- The Personal investigation (01) is worth 60% of total A level. This is a portfolio of practical work showing a personal response to either a starting point, brief, scenario or stimulus, devised and provided by the student with a support essay that is 1000-3000 words.
- The Externally set task (02) is worth 40% of total A level. This is a portfolio of practical work showing a personal response to a given starting point culminating in a 15 hour exam (internally assessed and externally moderated).
The Personal investigation comprises of two discrete but linked elements. Element 1 is the practical portfolio. The portfolio will consist of a sustained project or theme and can be presented in appropriate formats. There is no restriction on the scale of work produced but students must carefully select, organise and present their work to show that they have met all four assessment objectives. Element 2 is the related context in which their chosen practical portfolio exists. This could be by exploring a theme, subject matter, movement or historical framework of the overarching starting point, course of study or theme selected. The aim of the related study is to enable students to develop and their ability to communicate their knowledge and understanding of art historical movements, genres, practitioners and artworks, considering the way that these change and evolve within chronological and other frameworks.
The externally set task will be shared with the students from February 1st in Year 13. Students will have up to eight school weeks for their preparatory studies prior to their fifteen hour supervised time period. The paper will give students a choice of seven themes. Students will select one theme for which they will generate an appropriate personal response. In the preparatory period students will research, plan and develop ideas for their response to the option they have chosen.
Portfolio 60%. Set Task 40%