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Visual Art – Art and Design

Subject: Art & Design




Art & Design GCSE is an exciting course that gives you experience of a broad range of media and techniques. You will have the opportunity to choose your own project ideas and work in the style you enjoy most.

In Art and Design you will explore a range of processes including painting, ink work, digital photography, drawing, collage, print making, installation art and sculpture. Later in the course, you will have the opportunity to choose the media you work with - students have worked on canvas, car parts, books, walls and have made films. Exploring the inspiring work of other artists, craftspeople and designers will help you to make exciting projects and ideas.


You will develop a range of Art and Design skill, new group work techniques and an independence that will help you in a range of professions including: Architecture, Animation, Photography, Interior design, Engineering, Web Design, Art, Game Design, Film and Set Design, Special Effects, Art Therapy, Make-up Artist, Fashion Design and Illustration.


The Art & Design course will help you to become an imaginative and creative thinker with the skills to communicate your ideas effectively in any career path you choose.

Key Stage 4 Overview

Exam Board


Qualification type



Component 1: Portfolio - 60%

Students will create a Portfolio of their best work made throughout Years 9, 10 and 11. This will include a ‘sustained project’ showing a journey of ideas and a selection of further work done during the course.

In the first year of the course, you will be encouraged to experiment with new techniques and then in year 10 you will learn how to work more independently, choosing your own themes and media to work with.

Component 2 – Externally Set Assignment – 40%

Choosing from a range of themes, you will develop a personal project in the media of your choice. You will then prepare for a 10 hour externally set assignment that showcases your best ideas and techniques.

Year 9


Sept - Feb

Feb - July


Fantastic and Strange

  • Introduction to Art & Design GCSE
  • Experimentation and risk taking – Ink workshops.
  • Presenting design sheets for coursework submission.
  • Fantastic and strange creatures – artists and illustrators investigation.
  • Developing GCSE drawing skills
  • Designing creatures using animals as inspiration
  • Creating a personal outcome

My World

  • Introduction to narrative in Art and Design.
  • Recording aspects of personal identity using a range of media, words and photography.
  • Creating a personal sketchbook.
  • ·Creating personal outcomes based on own work and the work of other Artists designers and craftspeople.



Year 10








  • Introduction to working on a sustained project.
  • Street Art and Graffiti investigation.
  • Photography
  • Drawing skills
  • Responding to a issues based event  - Protest/Uprising


  • Issues ‘Personal project’ begins
  • Personal idea development.
  • Artist/designer or cultural inspiration activities.
  • Refining use of media based on Artist/designer or cultural work.


  • Planning and preparing for a personal outcome.
  • Designing a personal outcome
  • Creating personal outcomes
  • Redeveloping personal outcomes.

Year 11







  • Trial Exam
  • Coursework - refining and presentation for submission
  • Preparation period for externally set assignment
  • Externally set assignment (Final Exam)
  • Final submission of coursework

Useful websites/resources

Pinterest project boards -

Tate Gallery artist information - 

AQA Art and Design Specification and assessment information -

The Guardian: Art and Design News -

Recommended revision guide

Tate Gallery exam project help -

Bitesize -