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Course Details

Course title: GCSE Art and Design (fine art)

Exam board: OCR

Available grades: 1-9

Content overview: Project 1: Coursework Portfolio 60%Students will be learning about and developing a broad range of art skills such as drawing, painting, printmaking, modelling and digital image editing. The Coursework has the overarching theme of “Natural Forms”, within which students are able to personalise their work and find a specific area of interest. They will need to add context to their work by researching artists and art movements, and collecting diverse primary and secondary source images.   
Project 2: Externally Set Task (Exam) 40%Students will be issued an Exam Paper on which are listed five themes, one of which they must select for their Exam Project. The structure of this is similar to the coursework and will involve artist research, gathering of relevant primary and secondary sources, practicing relevant skills, and the creation of a final exam piece. This must be completed over the course of a two day, ten-hour exam under controlled conditions.

Assessment: Majority of work is continually verbally assessed in lesson. This provides immediate feedback and guidance. Individual pieces will be formally assessed and will need to meet one of four Assessment Objectives.

Skills required to be successful: Our GCSE in Art and Design helps students develop knowledge, skills, and understanding to enable them to express their creativity and imagination through responses to visual and written stimuli.Proficient in drawingProficient in paintingAble to generate ideas independentlyAble to reflect on own work and refine itBe persistent and able to concentrate for extended periods of timeMotivated to work independently and use own time to develop work and ideasReasonable level of literacy in order to explain ideas and intentionsAble to take constructive criticism and respond to professional adviceCommitment to the subject and own studies

Further study links: A level Art and Design 
Art and Design Apprenticeships

Career opportunities: Illustrator (freelance or in-house)
Fine Artist (drawing, painting, sculpture, mixed media)
Commercial Artist
Graphic Design
Games Design
Product Designer
Fashion/Textile Industry
Art Therapy
Set Design
Web Design