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Art & Design

Students will produce practical and contextual work associated with the exploration of Fine Art, Graphic Design, Three-Dimensional Design, Photography and/or Textiles.
What is Art & Design?

GCSE Art & Design is a broad course exploring practical and critical/contextual work through a range of 2D and/or 3D processes and mixed media and photography. It is an unendorsed course where candidates can work in appropriate art, craft and design materials and processes. Students will produce practical and contextual work associated with the exploration of Fine Art, Graphic Design, Three- Dimensional Design, Photography and Textiles. Art is a fascinating and rewarding subject that encourages the use of your imagination and creativity, whilst acquiring a range of skills, abilities and directions you will engage with the world in a visual and tactile way.

What will I study?

Two projects (units) during the year: in Unit 1 (Portfolio of work) and Unit 2 (Externally Set Task) students will work on projects exploring and developing skills and technical ability in a range of materials and processes. Following the initial skills building period students can then choose the particular areas of Art they would like to explore in more depth in their Portfolio Unit and in Unit 2. Students will need to complete two sketchbooks per unit showing the development of their art in lessons and through a range of practical homework. Annotation, explanation and written analysis are required to explain sketch book work.

How is it assessed?


Unit 160%Portfolio of work
Unit 240%Externally Set Task (10 Hour Exam)

  Exam Board: AQA

What do I need?
Above all you will need an interest in art & design, and a willingness to learn and develop your skills and ideas. We recommend that you have access to your own digital camera (preferably 10 megapixels) and a 2-4 GB USB stick.   A range of drawing, painting and craft materials would also help you to develop your skills in homework and in art & design lessons.

“My journey from GCSE Art to AS Art has been an exciting yet a challenging transition. With the support of my teachers, my experience of studying GCSE Art at DLD College meant that I was encouraged to learn and push myself in my studies. I feel that with the effort I have put into my studies, Art has helped stretch my horizon!”

Elmo Spethmann – Current DLD Student

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