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GCSE Art, Craft & Design

GCSE Art, Craft & Design

Head of Department: Miss A M Healy BA (Hons), PGCE (Luton)
Subject Lead in Art: Mrs S Applegate BA (Hons), MA, PGCE (Herts)
GCSE Specification: Eduqas – C650QS Art, Craft and Design (9-1)


Course Outline

The GCSE Art, Craft and Design course is for students who enjoy creative work and who wish to develop their visual language skills, using them to explore and express their creative ideas. The course is largely practical and includes recording from observation through drawing and taking photographs, investigating and developing visual ideas by experimenting with different processes and techniques and making artwork in a range of two and three-dimensional media. To support and inspire their practical work, students will research and analyse the work of other artists, both historical and contemporary, gaining a broader understanding of the significance of Art, Craft and Design in society. During the course, students will be taken to visit galleries to view and respond to original artwork first hand.

In addition to the practical element, the Art, Craft and Design course encourages the development of a range of valuable personal attributes and study skills, including the ability to conduct independent research, to be self-motivated and well-organised and to exercise critical and analytical thinking.


Course Structure

The GCSE in Art, Craft and Design is composed of two units.

Unit 1: Personal Portfolio of Coursework

You will complete a number of practical projects over the first four terms of the course, covering a range of themes, styles and media, and building up your personal portfolio with sketchbooks and completed pieces of artwork. All work completed in class and for prep contributes marks towards this component and must be kept safely for final assessment at the end of the course. Gallery visits take place during the first and fourth terms.

Unit 2:  Externally Set Assignment

In this unit, you will be given a choice of fifteen starting points by the examination board, which is open to broad personal interpretation. You will produce preparation work over approximately one term, investigating visual ideas and exploring and developing them in different media. You will be working towards a resolved idea for a final piece of artwork, which you will complete over two days in a formal examination. Both the preparation work and the final piece contribute marks towards this component. A gallery visit to London takes place at the start of this project.



Coursework      Unit 1   60%

Examination      Unit 2   40%

All work is internally assessed and externally moderated.


What can I do with this qualification?

There are estimated to be 1.5 million jobs in the creative sector in Britain today and this sector is one of the fastest-growing in our economy. These skills and expertise are now sought worldwide. Qualifications and training in Art, Craft and Design are considered essential preparation for many of these roles.

On completion of your GCSE Art, Craft and Design course, you might progress to further study at A Level or in higher education. Your portfolio of work provides evidence of your ability to pursue successfully a two-year sustained course of study covering different assignments and culminating in a range of personal artwork.

The study skills and personal attributes acquired in an Art, Craft and Design course are well-recognised by universities and employers and are fully transferable to other areas of study and employment.


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