Art & Design

It is our goal, within the Art & Design Department, to provide a stimulating and creative environment so our students can develop their intellectual, imaginative, creative and intuitive powers.

 

The scheme allows student to follow their own creative interests. It stimulates and challenges our students to realise their potential in a broad and relevant context.

 

GCSE ART AND DESIGN SNAPSHOT

OVERVIEW

The following are key features of the revised specification.

  • This is a linear qualification.
  • There are two components: Component 1 (60%) and Component 2 (40%).
  • All assessment is completed at the end of the course.
  • It places a renewed emphasis on drawing, and on understanding and applying the design process.
  • It encourages students to engage with the creative and cultural industries;
  • It offers opportunities to build on the skills and capabilities developed through the delivery of the Northern Ireland Curriculum at Key Stage 3.
  • It offers broad and flexible content, allowing students to pursue a range of creative pathways.
  • The specification also offers students the opportunity to develop Cross-Curricular Skills and the Thinking Skills and Personal Capabilities that allow them to progress to A level and/or other courses of study or employment.
  • A range of support material is available, including specimen assessment materials, exemplar planning frameworks and teacher and student guidance on controlled assessment.

SPECIFICATION SUMMARY

Component 1 (consists of Part A and Part B)

Part A: Exploratory Portfolio

Controlled assessment, internally set and assessed, and externally moderated by us

Part B: Investigating the Creative and Cultural Industries

Controlled assessment, internally set and assessed, and externally moderated by us

Component 2: Externally Set Assignment

Controlled assessment, externally set, internally assessed and externally moderated by us

BENEFITS TO STUDENTS

Students will:

  • develop knowledge, understanding and awareness of the purpose of art, craft and design in a variety of contexts through their own work and the research of others’ work;
  • have opportunities to actively engage in the creative process of art, craft and design, developing their creative, imaginative and intuitive capabilities, critical and reflective thinking skills and technical skills; and
  • be encouraged to work independently and with a broad range of media to experiment, take risks and refine ideas and outcomes.

CROSS-CURRICULAR SKILLS, THINKING SKILLS AND PERSONAL CAPABILITIES THAT WILL BE DEVELOPED

Cross-Curricular Skills at Key Stage 4

Communication, Using Mathematics and Using ICT

Students will have opportunities to develop their communication skills and use mathematics and ICT in a

variety of ways, for example:

  • using written or visual language of art and design or making a personal response informed by contextual understanding;
  • visual analysis and interpretation or explanation of intentions;
  • estimating quantities of materials required and costing a design;
  • making prototypes for designs or sculptures, scaling up, drawing nets and visualising constructed forms and shapes; and
  • using digital graphic design, website design, video art, animation, social media and experimenting with relevant software to help explore and realise creative intentions.

Thinking Skills and Personal Capabilities at Key Stage 4

Self-Management, Working with Others and Problem Solving

Students should be encouraged to, for example:

  • record ideas, responses, intentions and outcomes in coherent forms such as sketchbooks, journals, photographs or blogs;
  • plan their 10 hour examination period;
  • share materials and resources and consider health and safety guidelines;
  • participate effectively in teams when developing collaborative artworks or consulting with clients on a brief;
  • explore a theme or compare the work of artists or designers; and
  • respond to the demands, constraints and parameters of set briefs, projects or commissions.

CONTENT AND ASSESSMENT

CONTENT

CONTENT SUMMARY

ASSESSMENT

WEIGHTING

Component 1

Part A:

Exploratory Portfolio

(no final outcome

required)

Core knowledge and understanding

Students demonstrate knowledge and understanding of formal visual elements through practical skills. They explore media, techniques and processes in at least two disciplines.

Controlled

assessment

Part A (25%)

50 marks

60%

Part B:

Investigating the Creative and Cultural Industries

(students complete one practical task)

Core skills

Students become increasingly skilled at developing ideas, applying understanding of relevant practices, refining their ideas, recording as they go and using visual language critically.

Part B (35%)

70 marks

Internally assessed and externally

moderated

Component 2:

Externally Set

Assignment

A stimulus paper is released in early January of the examination year

(i.e. year of completion).

Students complete a minimum of 20 hours of preparatory work in response to the theme.

Students also complete a final outcome within a set 10 hour examination period.

Controlled

Assessment

80 marks

Internally assessed and externally

moderated

40%

Investigation & First Hand

Students select their own Theme. Then they create first hand studies, working directly from chosen objects or from their own photographs, which are printed out.

Research & Experimentation:

Students research the work of Artists/Designers/Craft Workers who have inspired them. They show how they have been influenced by their chosen artist and use a range of materials and processes to experiment with. This allows them to develop their ideas, supported by the work of others. They will evaluate their decisions as they go along.

 

 

GCE

 

What will I study?

Unit

Areas of Study

AS 1:

Experimental Portfolio

Theme based: students will have the opportunity to develop, explore and record ideas.

AS 2:

Personal Outcome

Theme based: students will have the opportunity to produce a final outcome/outcomes.

A2 1:

Personal and Critical Investigation

Theme based: students have the opportunity to produce both a written (1000–2000-word) investigation and a practical response.

A2 2:

Thematic Outcome

Theme based: students will have an opportunity to produce a final outcome/outcomes.

 

How will I be assessed?

Unit

Assessment Description

Weighting

AS 1

Teacher assessment of work with external moderation

Assessment Objectives 1, 2, 3 only

50% of AS

20% of A level

AS 2

Teacher assessment of controlled task with external moderation

Assessment Objective 4 more heavily weighted than 1, 2, 3

50% of AS

20% of A level

A2 1

Written investigation (1000–2000 words) externally assessed Teacher assessment of practical element with external moderation Assessment Objectives 1, 2, 3 only

20% of A2

12% 0f A level

40% of A2

24% of A level

A2 2

Teacher assessment with external moderation

Assessment Objective 4 more heavily weighted than 1, 2, 3

40% of A2

24% of A level

 

 

What can I do with a qualification in Art and Design?

 

The creative and cultural industries are a fast growing area of the economy and are key to economic success. Northern Ireland and the UK have an established reputation in these industries.

This qualification provides students with opportunities to develop key skills needed for the world of work and further and higher education. It creates a pathway to a future career in a creative field.

Possible careers include advertising, architecture, art, curation, craft, jewellery, fashion design, car design, film, costume design, special effects, make-up, photography, graphic design, set design, furniture design, interior design, music, animation, performing arts, publishing, software design, toys and games design, TV, radio and video games design. A wide range of STEM careers such as engineering now also require creative, artistic and design skills.

The study of GCE Art and Design nurtures a range of qualities which are highly sought after by employers. These include creativity, problem-solving, resourcefulness, resilience, imagination, empathy and innovation. Higher order thinking skills such as researching, analysing and reflecting are embedded throughout this qualification.

You are here: Home Teaching & Learning Departments Art & Design