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Year 9:

In Year 9 students develop their skills in drawing and painting before going onto to experience a variety of other art processes such as 3D, textiles and printmaking.  The course culminates in a final project in which students can work creatively with more independence.

 

Year 10 & Year 11:

Art & Design GCSE - Course Leader: Ms Eastwood

Course Description

In Art we follow a Fine Art course in Years 10 and 11.

With this course you will produce work using a variety of processes such as:

  • Three Dimensional Studies
  • Printmaking    
  • Textiles
  • Painting 
  • Photography

In Year 10 you will start your art studies by following a general course which will give you the opportunity to try out a range of media.  You will develop new skills as well as build upon existing skills.

Assessment

Portfolio

This is a very important part of your GCSE and is worth 60% of the final grade.

Throughout the course you will produce projects which will be assessed at the end of the course as your portfolio.

You will be given project titles regularly throughout the course.  A project will consist of preparation work, art history units, development work and a final piece or pieces.  How you develop and express your ideas will be entirely personal to you.

Throughout all stages of your GCSE projects you should link your own art work with that of other artists and designers - how you will be inspired will be personal to you, and your teacher will be able to help you discover appropriate works.  You will also be encouraged to visit galleries for inspiration.

Project Assessment

You will be given regular project assessment hand-in dates by your teacher after which you will be given feedback on how you performed.  You will be able to improve all projects up until the final project deadline, usually in April of Year 11.

Final Exam

This counts for 40% of the final GCSE grade.  You will be given the exam paper in the Spring Term of Year 11.  The paper will have a starting point which you will respond to in your own individual way.  You will have a preparation period and during this time your teacher will be able to give you help and advice.  After the preparation period you will produce your final piece in the exam, which will take a maximum of 10 hours.  ALL work will be handed in at the end of the exam.  This GCSE will be graded using the new 9-1 scale.

Further Comments

The Art course is designed to give you the support to learn new techniques and skills, to build upon your existing skills and to discover more about artists and their work.  The course also allows you the freedom to develop your ideas in your own unique way.


Art & Design BTEC First Award - Course Leader: Mrs Russell

Course Description

This course will give you the opportunity to explore a range of different Art and Design disciplines in a vocational context.  You will explore a range of different methods and techniques throughout the course, which could include:

  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Design
  • Textiles
  • 3D
  • Looking at the work of artists
  • Presentation techniques

The course aims to develop your skills in making practical artwork as well as developing an understanding of the work of artists, Art and Design industries and practices. You will be taught many methods and techniques, though you will also be able to develop your own ideas into artworks. 

Assessment and Grading

In total you will complete 4 units to achieve a BTEC Level 2 Award in Art and Design. One of these units will be an external assessment. This will mean that you make part of the project as a timed exercise in class and under exam conditions. This unit will first be marked by the art department before being checked by the awarding body.

All of your other units will go towards your portfolio of work which will be assessed by the art department and again checked by the awarding body to ensure high standards are maintained. 
This Level 2 BTEC qualification is graded at four levels, each of which has GCSE equivalence: Pass (C), Merit (B), Distinction (A) and Distinction* (A*).


Art and Design - V Cert Level 2 Certificate in Creative Studies - Course Leader: Mrs Russell

Course Description

This V Cert Level 2 Certificate in Creative Studies is a new and exciting Art and Design course at Gosforth Academy. The course is a high quality vocational qualification and has full GCSE equivalence.

How is the course structured?

The course is made up of 5 units of work: units 1 and 2 are mandatory units and allow students to explore different ways and processes of making art; units 6 and 7 are optional units and allow students to focus on 2D and 3D methods; unit 3 is an externally set controlled test in the form of a practical exam, with a recommendation of 20 hours of preparation time and 10 hours to produce a final piece. 

The units are very similar to GCSE Art projects with new skills and techniques being learned and developed alongside the creative expression of ideas.  All units will be supported with resources made by the art staff team.

What media can I work with?

At Gosforth Academy we encourage using a wide range of media. Students will be encouraged to explore drawing and painting, printmaking, 3D techniques, textiles, collage, photography, ICT techniques and installations in their work.

Assessment and Grading

When are the unit deadlines?


You will be set regular deadlines by your teachers for the internal units.  Unit 3, the timed test, will be developed and completed during the Autumn term of Year 11.

How is the art work assessed?

Each unit has grading criteria which you will be made aware of during the course. Your teachers will guide you on how to fulfil the assessment criteria.  Showing your thought process and ‘working out’ is rewarded with marks.  This Level 2 V Cert qualification is graded at four levels, each of which has GCSE equivalence: Pass (C), Merit (B), Distinction (A), Distinction* (A*).

Further Information

What equipment will I need?

The department provides specialist equipment though some basic art equipment of your own helps.

Anything else I need to know?

Art is a time consuming subject! You are welcome to use the art department facilities during 7-Up sessions and after school. 


Textiles GCSE - Course Leader: Ms Eastwood

Course Description

Textiles is part of the Art Department.  Of its very nature Textiles is a hands-on practical subject, involving development of your own ideas while learning new techniques.  While your final piece may be a fashion outcome, this course is by no means just a fashion option.

It encompasses the whole spectrum of creative textiles to include textile sculptures and wall hangings.

The textile course consists of projects that build your skills and techniques alongside your creative ideas.

You will be making textile sculptures and wall hangings.

Assessment

Portfolio

This is a very important part of your GCSE and is worth 60% of the final grade.

Throughout the course you will produce  projects which will be assessed at the end of the course as your portfolio.

You will be given project titles regularly throughout the course.  A project will consist of preparation work, art history units, development work and a final piece or pieces.  How you develop and express your ideas will be entirely personal to you.

Throughout all stages of your GCSE projects you should link your own art work with that of other artists and designers - how you will be inspired will be personal to you, and your teacher will be able to help you discover appropriate works.  You will also be encouraged to visit galleries for inspiration.

Project Assessment

You will be given regular project assessment hand-in dates by your teacher after which you will be given feedback on how you performed.  You will be able to improve all projects up until the final project deadline, usually in April of Year 11.

Final Exam

This counts for 40% of the final GCSE grade.  You will be given the exam paper in the Spring Term of Year 11.  The paper will have a starting point which you will respond to in your own individual way.  You will have a preparation period and during this time your teacher will be able to give you help and advice.  After the preparation period you will produce your final piece in the exam, which will take a maximum of 10 hours.  ALL work will be handed in at the end of the exam.  This GCSE will be graded using the new 9-1 scale.

Further Comments

The Textiles course is designed to give you the support to learn new techniques and skills, to build upon your existing skills and to discover more about artists and their work.  The course also allows you the freedom to develop your ideas in your own unique way.