Art and Design
Key Stage 3
In art, craft and design, students explore visual, tactile and other sensory experiences to communicate ideas and meanings. They work with traditional and new media, developing confidence, competence, imagination and creativity. They learn to appreciate and value images and artefacts across times and cultures, and to understand the contexts in which they were made. In art, craft and design, students reflect critically on their own and other people's work, judging quality, value and meaning. They learn to think and act as artists, crafts people and designers, working creatively and intelligently.
Key Stage 4
Students undertake two portfolio projects in Year 10 and Year 11.There is one Set Task in Year 11. The most successful portfolio project is selected and is worth 60% of the GCSE grade. The Set Task is worth 40% of the GCSE grade.
Students are marked on four Assessment Objectives (AO). Each AO is marked out of 25.
The four AOs are as follows:
AO1 Developing ideas through investigations that have been informed by contextual and other sources. Demonstrating analytical and cultural understanding;
A02 Refining ideas, experimenting with media, selecting appropriate media and processes;
A03 Recording ideas and observations relevant to intentions;
AO4 Presenting a personal response that demonstrates understanding both critically and analytically. Making connections with the work of others.
Portfolio 60%. Set Task 40%
Key Stage 5
This is a two year course:
• The Personal investigation (01) is worth 60% of total A level. This is a portfolio of practical work showing a personal response to either a starting point, brief, scenario or stimulus, devised and provided by the student or the department.
• The Externally set task (02) is worth 40% of total A level. This is a non-exam assessment (internally assessed and externally moderated).
The Personal investigation comprises of two discrete but linked elements. Element 1 is the practical portfolio. The portfolio will consist of a sustained project or theme and can be presented in appropriate formats. There is no restriction on the scale of work produced but students must carefully select, organise and present their work to show that they have met all four assessment objectives. Element 2 is the related context in which their chosen practical portfolio exists. This could be by exploring a theme, subject matter, movement or historical framework of the overarching starting point, course of study or theme selected. The aim of the related study is to enable students to develop and their ability to communicate their knowledge and understanding of art historical movements, genres, practitioners and artworks, considering the way that these change and evolve within chronological and other frameworks.
The externally set task will be shared with the students from February 1st in Year 13. Students will have up to eight school weeks for their preparatory studies prior to their fifteen hour supervised time period. The paper will give students a choice of seven themes. Students will select one theme for which they will generate an appropriate personal response. In the preparatory period students will research, plan and develop ideas for their response to the option they have chosen.
Portfolio 60%. Set Task 40%