ART and PHOTOGRAPHY

The delivery of a broad and varied curriculum in Art and Design enhances not only the students learning of a subject, but their emotional resilience too.

We hope to develop a student’s understanding of communication through a variety of means, their ability to problem solve and their creative and independent thinking skills.


Art (Ar)
Exam Board and Specification: AQA GCSE Art and Design 8202

Aim
The aim of the course is to help you develop your skills within Art and Design, visit galleries and research the work of artists and designers. You will produce a body of work which conveys your responses to the world around you, based upon specific themes that have been set for you by your teachers. Your work will be personal to you and we encourage you to develop your work independently in response to those themes.

Content
You will work on a variety of different media including:

Painting
Graphics
Clay work
Paper machè
Printmaking Techniques such as etching, lino and screen

You will produce a large body of work in Year 10 which makes up the bulk of your coursework. This will explore a wide range of materials which will be produced in sketchbooks and also through the production of final pieces. You will produce a print, a 3D and a 2D final piece. At the start of Year 11 you will produce the 2nd part of your coursework, which will take the form of your PPE (Pre Public Exam). Again, this will be based upon a subject/theme of your choosing and will result in a personal response.
All coursework is undertaken in school and is completed across the autumn, spring and summer term of Year 10 and the autumn term of Year 11.

Assessment
All coursework is marked according to the school marking policy using GCSE marking criteria. Exam work and the final portfolio of coursework (representing 45 hours of the best of your work) is cross-moderated internally with a visiting moderator verifying the marks given from a sample presented in an exhibition of work, which takes place in the summer term of Year 11.
Coursework 60% of total mark
Exam to be taken in the Spring Term of Year 11 40% of total mark

Homework
This is set weekly and includes research into relevant artists and photographers, drawing from life and imagination, as well as students own personal photography on set themes. Many of our students go on to study Art and Design courses post-GCSE. These include-A level Art and Photography and BTEC courses in a variety of Art and Design subjects.
Students are encouraged to extend their work independently, both in school and at home. Opportunities for extending personal student work include the submission of student art work in local competitions and the provision of art and photography workshops for Gifted and Talented students as well those open to students of all abilities in their year group.

For further information contact: Mrs E Williams


Photography (Fo)
Exam Board and Specification: AQA GCSE Art Photography 8206

Aim
The aim of the course is to develop your skills within Photography, visit sites of interest and research the work of photographers and designers and produce a body of work which conveys your responses to the world around you. Your work will be personal to you and we encourage you to develop your digital work independently, based upon specific themes given to you as starting points by your teachers.

Content
You will produce a portfolio of work which shows your skills in several different areas:

Digital Photography
Digital Editing
Physical Manipulation of images
Traditional darkroom techniques and processes
Collage and the three dimensional use of your photographic responses

You will produce a large body of work in Year 10 which makes up the bulk of your coursework. This will explore a wide range of techniques and processes which will be produced in sketchbooks and also through the production of final pieces. At the start of Year 11 you will produce the 2nd part of your coursework, which will take the form of your PPE (Pre Public Exam). Again, this will be based upon a subject/theme of your choosing and will result in a personal response.
All coursework is undertaken in school and is completed across the autumn, spring and summer term of Year 10 and the autumn term of Year 11.

Assessment
All coursework is marked according to the school marking policy using GCSE marking criteria. Exam work and the final portfolio of coursework (representing 45 hours of the best of the students work) is cross-moderated internally with a visiting moderator verifying the marks given from a sample presented in an exhibition of work, which takes place in the summer term of Year 11.

Coursework 60% of total mark

Exam to be taken in the Spring Term of Year 11 40% of total mark

Homework
This is set weekly and includes artist research and personal photographic shoots. Students are encouraged to extend their work independently, both in school and at home. Opportunities for extending personal student work include the submission of student photography work in local competitions.
For further information contact: Mrs E Williams