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GCSE Art and Design

Through Art and Design and Photography you will learn a range of enjoyable, creative and exciting approaches to making art such as painting, drawing, printmaking and a range of photography techniques and approaches. You will develop observational skills through sustained studies as well as shorter workshop exercises. You will learn to analyse artworks and to present high quality research on a range of artists, designers and photographers.

Developing ideas by looking at artists, designers, craftspeople and photographers. Their ideas will influence and lead your work in individual ways; you will analyse and show understanding of their work.


Experiment and select different resources, media, materials, techniques and processes. You will show these in studies on paper and through computer manipulation too, presentation skills and good literacy skills are an essential.


Recording ideas, observations and insights of the subjects that your topic is based on. This is required to be in a visual and written form.


Present a personal and meaningful response. Your personal studies from above will have lead you to this point and all the hard work is put together showing how artists have lead you here and showing how your experiments all link together.

Component 1 – Portfolio

A portfolio that in total shows explicit coverage of the four assessment objectives. It must include a sustained project evidencing the journey from initial engagement to the realisation of intentions and a selection of further work undertaken during the student’s course of study.

How it’s assessed: No time limit, 96 marks, 60% of GCSE

Component 2 – Externally set assignment

Students respond to their chosen starting point from an externally set assignment paper relating to their subject title, evidencing coverage of all four assessment objectives.

How it’s assessed: Preparatory period followed by 10 hours of supervised time, 96 marks, 40% of GCSE

Further information
The course content is the same for GCSE Art AND GCSE Photography. The assessment objectives are also the same. The difference is that in GCSE Art, the focus is on creating a portfolio of art, in GCSE Photography, producing a portfolio of photographs.

There are many career choices which art can support. For example: architect, graphic designer, artist, teacher, curator, lecturer, photographer, theatre designer, museum educator, costume designer, craftsperson, illustrator and film director and many more

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