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Course contact: Mr K Hussain - khussain@rbhs.co.uk

Specification: GCSE

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Course Outline

GCSE Fine Art is an exciting programme that aims to introduce students to many different aspects of art, including learning how to develop design skills and use various art materials.
Some skills include drawing, painting, printing, graphic design and illustration. Students will have the opportunity to learn about a range of artists' work and art movements to gain ideas and inspiration for their Art portfolio. Qualities needed to study GCSE Fine Art are a genuine enthusiasm and commitment to work hard and an eagerness to explore materials and techniques across a range of exciting projects.

What will I study?

The course covers a wide range of art processes and techniques within a variety of three projects over the two years.
Students work through a minimum of two of the following disciplines: drawing, painting, graphics, illustration, printing
and photography.

How will I be assessed?

GCSE work will be marked out of 96 against the four assessment objectives, each worth 24 marks set by the AQA examination board (see below). Over the course of two years, teachers will provide formative and summative feedback. The weighting of the course is 60% coursework, and 40% is externally assessed examination. 

  • AO1: Develop ideas through investigations, demonstrating a critical understanding of sources.
  • AO2: Refine work by exploring ideas, selecting and experimenting with appropriate media, materials, techniques and processes
  • AO3: Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions as work progresses
  • AO4: Present a personal and meaningful response that realises intentions and demonstrates an understanding of visual language

What could I do afterwards?

This qualification can lead to an A-level Art or Photography course, a BTEC Level 3 or a job in the art and design industry.

The course will develop creative thinking, communication and teamwork skills as well as preparation for future learning in a wide range of subjects.

Learning through culture and the arts leads to openness to new ideas, confidence and problem-solving.



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