Fine Art

Faculty: Creative & Technical
Subject: GCSE Fine Art
Subject Leader: Mrs G Stangroom
Staff and Responsibility: Mr A Pleasant, Mrs C Douglas

Subject Overview

Art and Design provides students with the opportunity to express their creativity and experience a range of media. Students will study a variety of relevant artists in order to inform and enrich their own artwork. They will develop their skills across a selection of techniques and materials. During this time students will be cultivating their own unique and individual artwork.

In Fine art you will be able to draw on your own interests, experiences and ideas to create your own personal artwork. Across the course you will choose to work in one or more of the following areas; drawing, painting, sculpture, installation, printmaking, mixed media, land art.

Each student must develop and present a portfolio representative of their own work and ideas. The portfolio must demonstrate skill and an understanding of their own work and that of others.  The portfolio must include both:

  • A sustained project developed in response to a subject, theme, task or brief evidencing all the assessment objectives.
  • A selection of further work resulting from activities such as trials and experiments; skills-based workshops; mini and/or foundation projects; responses to gallery, museum or site visits; work placements or independent study

Course Content

Unit Title Weighting
Component 1
Portfolio of work 60%
Component 2
Externally set task 40%

Examination Details
(Externally set task)

There is no written examination, although there is an externally set task consisting of a preparatory period followed by 10 hours of supervised time. Written work is a requirement in the preparation work for both components

Materials Needed

All students must have an art portfolio folder in which to keep their coursework, pencils, rubber, plus other art equipment to use at home for homework.

Extended Learning

Extended learning is set on a regular basis.  Students are expected to produce & annotate work in their sketch books. Students choosing this subject should have a genuine love for creating artefacts in a range of materials and will enjoy producing work beyond the lesson, at home or in art club.  Good drawing skills are an advantage.

Potential Career Options

Artist, museum curator, illustrator, graphic designer, product designer, architect, jeweller, interior designer, set designer, visual artist.


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