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Are you considering GCSE Art and Design? The Profs briefly look at the syllabus and further study options.

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Why study GSCE Art and Design?

Art is a uniquely human activity that helps us to understand the world around us and can also be used as a medium to convey our thoughts, feelings, ideas and concepts to others, Art can tell a story or make a statement. It can be therapeutic, political and even ideological. The study of art includes both practical and theoretical study, looking at both a range of artistic techniques as well as the work of contemporary or historic artists. GSCE Art and Design is essential for those who want to progress to study an A Level or Diploma Level 3 in Art & Design.

What is covered in GCSE Art and Design?

The precise syllabus of a GCSE Art and Design differs according to exam boards, but most will cover a variety of artistic techniques including:

  • Craft and design
  • Textile design
  • Photography
  • Fine art
  • Graphic communication
  • 3D design

Typically, students will be able to focus more on the particular technique they prefer and choose this as the route for either the timed exam or in their coursework. Depending on the examination board, some art syllabi also include the study of a particular artist or artists.

How is GCSE Art and Design assessed?

The assessment changes according to the exam board, but generally involves two components. Firstly, a portfolio of art, built up over Years 10 & 11, which will be your Art Coursework and will typically constitute 50-60% of the final mark. The remainder of the GCSE grade will come from a timed, supervised exam, normally of ten hours in total (not in one sitting). This will take place at the end of your final year and will need to be linked to the theme or themes of a preparation sketchbook, which you may also need to submit.

What are the requirements for GCSE Art and Design?

As with all GCSEs, there are no formal requirements, but you will need to be considered for the qualification by your current art teacher. Some degree of artistic flair, a passion for the subject and a good understanding of art critique are expected of those who want to study the GCSE.

Where can I use GCSE Art and Design?

After successful completion of a GCSE in Art and Design, students can choose to take an Art & Design Level 3 Diploma or an A Level in Art & Design. Many students then choose to do a Foundation programme in art before embarking on a Fine Art or other Art degree. The study of art doesn’t just lead to a career as an artist; other career paths include teaching, graphic design, web design, art therapy, gallery management and art buying

Is GCSE Art and Design right for me?

Students who have enjoyed art classes in Key Stage 3 (years 7-9) will generally continue to enjoy the subject. But it’s not merely for those who like to paint and draw; it’s for students who want to analyse and explore the meaning behind art. If you want to expand your existing artistic skills and the techniques you have so far learned then the GCSE is for you. The GSCE in Art goes more deeply into the subject and into the study of artists than any previous art classes from Key Stage 3.

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