Free Choice Subjects
Why should you choose Art?
If you enjoy being creative, want to increase your practical skills and improve your analytical, communication and research abilities, art and design is a great choice. The skills you gain make it a great complement to other subjects. Art and design is a way of seeing things and making sense of the world around you. It can help you with further study and prepare you for the world of work.
Art and design opens the door to lots of exciting careers .Try these for starters:• Fashion design Graphic design• Theatre designer• Animator• Video game designer• Illustrator• Museum curator• Photographer• Architecture• Product design• Textiles design• Ceramics• Advertising• Publishing• Interior design• Fashion and media journalism• Hair and make-up design• Retail design• Exhibition design• Jewellery design• Artist• Visual media• Teaching new technologies are creating a whole new range of courses where art is being used in innovative ways.
What else could you get out of Art?
You can continue your art and design studies at A-level. You’ll also be able to choose areas of study to specialise in, within a particular title. If you don’t want to take your art and design studies any further, the transferable skills you gain will still be valuable. You’ll develop problem solving, creative thinking, investigation, research, communication and teamwork skills, and gain the ability to develop, refine and present ideas. Employers and universities regard all of these highly.
Alongside improving your practical expertise, you’ll learn how to:• develop, refine and record your ideas • present a personal response that realises your intentions• improve your creative skills through the effective and safe use of media, materials, techniques, processes and technologies• successfully use visual language and the formal elements eg colour, line, form, shape, tone, texture• use drawing skills for different needs and purposes.
How is the course assessed?
GCSE Art and Design is assessed as two components:
Component one: Portfolio
The portfolio is made up of preparatory studies leading to a fully resolved response, or group of responses. The portfolio represents 60% of the final mark.
Component two: Externally set assignment
The externally set assignment is based on preparatory study that leads to a ten hour period of sustained focus in which you will produce a response to a chosen theme, brief, problem or task. This assignment represents 40% of your final mark.
Attitudes to Learning
Some students are shocked to learn that you can’t just ‘draw whatever you want’. A very important part of an Art qualification is drawing and observing. GCSE Art and Design meets the needs of students who wish to take up a wide range of careers - practical or academic and leads to Art and Design A level. Whether you have an inborn talent, natural creativity or simply a desire to make things and learn how to do this better this is your subject. It is suited to students who have an interest and/or skill which they would like to develop.
**You can't choose Art and Product Design