Key Stage 3
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Key Stage 4
Creative thinking and expression are incredibly important skills. Arts and culture now contribute £101.5 billion directly to the UK economy each year and experts believe that creativity will survive the automation revolution. Film, gaming and TV are just a handful of industries that rely on artistic talent. It is a subject that breeds independence, confidence, resilience and an appreciation that any question may have multiple solutions.
Art, Craft & Design is about exploring an idea in a creative way and learning how to express it in order to create an original outcome. Within the GCSE students will explore a range of key skills, such as, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, 3D work and digital arts. They will develop an understanding of Art by looking at and responding to artists, ranging from traditional to contemporary artists. As the course develops, students will become more independent and have the opportunity to choose which direction their work goes in.
In Component 1 (Coursework 60%) students will research and investigate sources of ideas in Art, Craft & Design. They will explore and use Art, Craft & Design material and techniques to develop visual language. Students will complete a portfolio or sketchbook demonstrating their creative journey. This should be evidence of the process of developing both ideas and work. It should demonstrate research, supporting studies and work, showing the development of their ideas, leading to finished pieces.
In Component 2 (Exam 40%), the exam board provides students with a theme for their exam. Students are given a number of weeks to develop ideas and prepare. Students sit a 10 hour exam in Year 11 in which they produce their final outcome.
Progression and Careers
Students may go on to study A level Art or a similar appropriate qualification. Students could go into higher education or study a hands on apprenticeship. The options available for students with a creative background is ever growing with the new technologies available. Go to the Student Art Guide website to view a list of over 150 careers, with 25 examples showcased in detail:
Key Stage 5
Fine Art: the disciplines of painting and drawing, printmaking, sculpture, lens-based image making.
Fine art requires engagement with aesthetic and intellectual concepts through the use of traditional and/or digital media, materials, techniques and processes for the purpose of self-expression, free of external constraints. Fine art may be created to communicate ideas and messages about the observed world, the qualities of materials, perceptions, or preconceptions. It can also be used to explore personal and cultural identity, society and how we live, visual language, and technology. Fine Art allows us to consider and reflect on our place in the world, both as individuals and collectively.