Art A level


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Course Overview

‘Creativity takes courage.’ – Henri Matisse

GCSE Arts, Crafts & Photography is taught twice-weekly to Key Stage 4 pupils during double lessons. The Art & Design classrooms are located in Kidwelly House and are furnished with specialist equipment and facilities. The course provides students with a wide range of opportunities to explore new skills and artistic concepts in engaging, exciting and challenging ways. The specification is designed to encourage students to engage fully in the process of creating and making, to reflect on their outcomes and the work of others in critical, constructive ways and to explore art and design from different cultures, time periods and contexts.

Entry Requirements

It is useful to have studied Art before, but is not essential.

Course Content

GCSE Arts, Crafts & Photography consists of a mixture of coursework units and a final exam, contributing to the overall grade. The coursework units are worth 60% of the grade and the exam units are worth a further 40%. All courses are practical in nature, although pupils are also required to undertake a significant measure of analytical and theoretical academic study.

The coursework units are delivered over a two-year period and cover a range of processes and techniques. The Art Department provides facilities for ceramics, printing, painting and drawing, design work, 3D work and textiles.

In Year 10, the Autumn Term is spent re-visiting the concepts of Line, Texture and Form. In the Spring and Summer Terms, pupils prepare work towards and then complete their Mock Exam, going on to explore individual themes for their Candidate Portfolio. In Year 11, the Autumn Term sees the completion of this Portfolio and in the Spring Term, pupils prepare towards and then complete their externally assessed task or Final Exam.

How is work assessed?

This specification is designed to encompass four principal areas for critical, practical and theoretical study of art, craft and design. These emphasise the qualities of analytical understanding, practical experimentation, researching and individual expression required at GCSE level. The assessment objective headings below have been provided to assist teachers and pupils: AO1Critical understanding, AO2 Creative making, AO3 Reflective recording, and AO4 Personal presentation.


Unit 1 – A portfolio of work that explicitly demonstrates the full range of the Assessment Objectives

How is it assessed?
 No time limit
 120 marks
 60% of GCSE
This unit is marked by the school and moderated by WJEC during a visit in June.

Unit 2 – An externally set task that relates to a chosen subject from a selection provided by the exam board and demonstrating the full range of the Assessment Objectives

How is it assessed?
 Preparatory period, followed by 10 hours of supervised time
 120 marks
 40% of GCSE
This unit is marked by the school and moderated by WJEC during a visit in June.

Where does it lead?

We study Art because you can try out a wide variety of disciplines that can lead to a broad range of careers, such as architect, artist, illustration, textile/fashion designer, 3D/product designer, news/sports photographer, landscape designer, graphic designer, fine artist, forensic/police photographer, ceramicist, picture editor, performing artist, computer graphic/game design, cartoonist, animator, interior designer, set designer, painter, web designer, advertising, printer.

Many pupils will find the study of Art invaluable in improving their confidence, understanding processes and appreciating the work of others. GCSE Arts, Crafts and Photography is also essential for the further study of the subject at A-Level and Degree level.

Reading List

The Art Book by Phaidon
The Twentieth Century Artbook by Phaidon
The Photo Book by Phaidon
Vitamin P by Barry Schwabsky
BBC Bitesize –

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