Year 9 Options 20/21 - Art & Design

Examination Board:
Course Description:
This GCSE is designed to bring Art and Design to life and to help students to develop their artistic skills and
expand their creativity, imagination and independence. What’s more, the possibilities for personal expression
are endless.
We want this to be an inspiring GCSE that will encourage students to consider a wide range of approaches to
expressing themselves through different materials, media and techniques. It will help students gain
knowledge and understanding of drawing, painting, sculpture, installation, print making, mixed media,
photography and land art. Students will experience different work practices and look at relevant processes
and equipment too.
How will students learn?
The course is divided into two units and offers students the opportunity to develop their ability to actively
engage in the processes of art and design. It enables students to build creative skills and imaginative ways of
working. The course allows them to develop knowledge and understanding of media, materials and
technologies in historical and contemporary contexts, societies and cultures. Portfolios will be presented
creatively through a collection of sketchbooks and journals.
How will the course be assessed?
Unit 1: Art and Design Portfolio Controlled Assessment 60%
Unit 2: Art and Design Set Task Exam (10 hours) 40%
Education Pathways after Year 11:
A Level Art & Design
BTEC National Diploma Level 3 Art & Design
Art Textiles
Degree courses in: Fine Art, Ceramics, Photography, Fashion Design
Career Routes:
Depending on the options you take, it could lead towards a wide range of careers in the art and design field,
including fine art, new media, games development, games technologies, fashion and more.
Please note, students will not be able to study this course as well as GCSE 3D Design.