Art & Design

Why study Art & Design?

This subject allows students to be creative and gives learners a rounded exposure to different aspects of art and design, allowing them to display their abilities in a variety of artistic disciplines and demonstrate their understanding of these contexts. Art and Design is traditionally a popular subject, where lessons are undertaken in a very calm and relaxed environment.

What does it prepare me for in the future?

The majority of students who study GCSE Art & Design go on to follow the subject at A Level. From there they tend to go on to study foundation and degree courses at places such as Central St. Martins, Surrey Institute of Art & Design or as far afield as places like Leeds, Nottingham or Manchester.

You could progress into art related jobs in architecture, interior design, video games design, fashion, graphic design or illustration

What will I learn?

You will explore a wide variety of disciplines including Fine Art, Graphic Design, Textiles, 3D Design and/or Photography. The course involves educational visits to places such as Tate Modern and other galleries and exhibitions in London.

What skills will I acquire?

  • Enables students to work with a broad range of media, including traditional and new media.
  • Gives an understanding of the interrelationships between art, craft and design.
  • Provides knowledge, understanding and application in contemporary and past societies and cultures.
  • Gives an awareness of different roles, functions, audiences and consumers of art, craft.
  • Encourages students to express opinions about the work of other artists.

How is it assessed?

Unit 1: Art & Design Portfolio 60%
Unit 2: Controlled Assignment 40%