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FAQ

What topic will I study?
A range of themed based projects focused on Fine Art, Craft & Design and/or Projects ‘Working to a Commission/Brief’.

What skills will I develop?
Observational drawing and painting; understanding of Fine Art and Design; Designing to Project ‘Briefs’; Critical and Contextual Study skills in an Art Historical contexts. Production of 2D and 3D work; Primary and Secondary Research. Technical use of materials and develop skills in a range of Art processes in 2D and 3D. Use of Computer Aided Design and Digital Imagery and/or photography.

What are the aims of the courses?
Develop skills and techniques in effective communication, organisation and expression of ideas visually and ability to work independently.
Gain understanding of a wide range of art materials, media, techniques and processes in both 2D and 3D. 
Enhance individual visual perception of the world and develop creative thinking skills.
Improve the understanding of art within the context of different cultures, society and industry.
To build self confidence and self esteem in Art & Design and become a more reflective learner.
Where relevant to give students practical experience of what is involved in Commission based artwork.

What examination will I take?
GCSE Art & Design - Covers aspects of Art, Craft & Design. Drawing, painting, creative and imaginative work, 3D work, design work, CAD etc. in a wide range of media. Awarding Body - AQA.

What is involved with the examinations?
Controlled assessment: The Production of a minimum of 1 coursework project, plus a wide range of development work (including research, analysis and development of ideas in sketch books and final response outcomes). The coursework makes up 60% of the marks.
Terminal Examination: makes up 40% of the overall marks and requires students to produce project work on a set theme.

What independent study will I have to undertake?
Students will be expected to complete artwork and research in their own time and should have a suitable area at home to undertake art work and work with a range of specialist art materials. They will be expected to create evidence of research and development in sketch books and will be asked to produce supporting practical 2D and 3D work at school and at home. 

What career opportunities could the course help to give me?
There are many career opportunities, which can follow Art training. Some examples are:-
Fashion Design; Interior Design; Graphic Design; Advertising; Architecture; Film and Television; Jewellery; Furniture Design; Stage Design; Hair & Beauty; Fine Art; Textiles Design; Ceramic Design; Animation; Web Design, Garden Design etc. to name but a few.