The Ridgeway School & Sixth Form College Learning & Education

KS4 Art & Design

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how we remain an artist once we grow up.”

Pablo Picasso

The Team

Mrs H Watts — Subject Staff Leader — [email protected]


Specification

  • Name — Art & Design
  • Board — AQA
  • Code — 8201

Assessment of Course

Portfolio — 60% of total marks.

10 hour exam — 40% of total marks.

Course Content

You will have the opportunity to explore a number of different ideas and materials as you follow set themes. It is expected that you will develop the skills and processes that you have already tried in earlier years in KS3 as well as trying out new, exciting ideas and developing these with new materials and techniques.

Most of the course is taken up with developing your coursework portfolio. This allows you to explore interests in the subject and experiment with a wide range of art processes and materials, creating exciting and individual responses. You will also link your practical work with the study or artists, designers and craftspeople.

You will produce a portfolio selected from work undertaken during the course. This must include more than one project. This unit is worth 60% of your total marks.

You will be required to produce a personal response from one starting point provided within the exam paper. This consists of a period of preparatory time and a 10 hour exam. Papers will be issued to you from 1 January in the year of your examination. This is worth 40% of your total marks.

GCSE art and design is a recognised qualification for further study of AS and A level in the Sixth Form. It is a desirable qualification to have as you start on your courses that will lead to further education or the world of work.

Curriculum

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