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Welcome to the Art & Design Department

GCSE Art & Design

Where will my GCSE Art take me?

GCSE Art is:

  • Valuable preparation for careers in advertising, design, photography, fashion, publishing, teaching, graphic design, illustration, fine art, textile design, multi-media design, film making to name but a few
  • An excellent foundation for studying GCE A-Level and beyond.

Component 1: 60%

Part A:

Exploratory Portfolio

Part B:

Investigating the Creative and Cultural Industries

You will spend four terms on your portfolio of work. It will be marked by your teacher and moderated by CCEA. You will:

Throughout Part A you will learn how to use the formal visual elements of art and design, including:

  • colour; line; shape; form; texture; tone; and pattern.Throughout Part B you will
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  • learn about the different roles and work practices used in the production of art, craft and design in the creative and cultural industries.

 

 

Component 2: 40%

Externally Set Assignment

You will complete work in response to a stimulus paper we release in the final year of your course.

You will complete at least 20 hours of preparatory work in response to the theme in the paper.

You will also produce and complete a final outcome based on your preparatory work within a set period of 10 hours under exam conditions.

 

A Level Art & Design

Studying Art and dDesign helps develop key transferable skills and qualities which are highly sought after by employers. These include creativity, problem-solving, resilience, imagination,

empathy and innovation. It also promotes:

  • independent learning;
  • personal development and motivation;
  • the ability to find alternative approaches and take risks in creative pursuits; and
  • aesthetic and intellectual capacities.

Higher order thinking skills such as researching, analysing and reflecting are fundamental to this qualification. It provides students with opportunities to develop key skills needed for the world of work, Further and Higher Education and provides a pathway to a future career in a creative or cultural industries-related field.

The revised GCE Art and Design is available at two levels, AS and A2.

There are four units – two at AS level and two at A2 level:

AS 1 : Experimental Portfolio

A2 1: Personal and Critical Investigation

AS 2 : Personal Response

A2 2: Thematic Outcome

Content

Summary

Assessment

Weightings

AS 1:

Experimental

Portfolio

Theme based: students explore,

experiment develop and record

knowledge, understanding skills

and ideas.

Teacher assessment

with external moderation;

AOS 1,2,3

50% of AS

20% of A level

AS 2:

Personal Response

Theme based: students produce a final

outcome/outcomes.

Teacher assessment with

external moderation; AO4 more

heavily weighted than AOS 1,2,3

50% of AS

20% of A level

A2 1:

Personal and Critical

Investigation

Theme based: students research,

explore and produce 1000–3000 word

written investigation combined with

practical development.

Written element externally

assessed

Teacher assessment with

external moderation of

practical investigation;

AOS 1,2,3

20% of A2

12% of A level

40% of A2

24% of A level

60% of A2

36% of A level

A2 2:

Thematic Outcome

Themed based: students produce a

final outcome/outcomes.

Teacher assessment with

external moderation; AO4 more

heavily weighted than 1,2,3

40% of A2

24% of A level

 

What can I do with a qualification in Art and Design?

The creative and cultural industries are a fast growing area of the economy and are key to economic success. Northern Ireland and the UK have an established reputation in these industries.

This qualification provides students with opportunities to develop key skills needed for the world of work and further and higher education. It creates a pathway to a future career in a creative field.

Possible careers include advertising, architecture, art, curation, craft, jewellery, fashion design, car design, film, costume design, special effects, make-up, photography, graphic design, set design, furniture design, interior design, music, animation, performing arts, publishing, software design, toys and games design, TV, radio and video games design. A wide range of STEM careers such as engineering now also require creative, artistic and design skills.

The study of GCE Art and Design nurtures a range of qualities which are highly sought after by employers. These include creativity, problem-solving, resourcefulness, resilience, imagination, empathy and innovation. Higher order thinking skills such as researching, analysing and reflecting are embedded throughout this qualification.