Curriculum >> Key Stage 4 >> Art
& Design at Key Stage 4
The Edexcel GCSE Art and Design is a two year course which encourages
personal expression, imagination, problem solving, analytical observation and
practical attitudes. It leads to greater understanding of the role of the
visual arts in the history of civilization. It widens cultural horizons and
enriches the individual. Art in Design compliments literacy, mathematical,
scientific and factual subjects. It is especially concerned with the development
of visual perception and aesthetics.
The syllabus is intended as a broad course exploring practical and
critical/contextual work through a range of two-dimensional and/or three
dimensional processes and new media and technologies.
Who should choose GCSE Art and Design?
Students who have a solid foundation of
the core skills such as drawing and painting and have the ability to skilfully
exploit relevant techniques.
Students who are self-motivated and
enthusiastic about Art and Design
Students who are highly disciplined in
their approach to meeting deadlines and completing set tasks for coursework
Methods of Assessment in Art and Design
Students will be expected to study the
Coursework– Final outcome and a portfolio (60% weighting)
Externally set- Controlled Assessment: 10 hour practical exam with portfolio
preparation (40% weighting)
There are many career opportunities for
students to exploit with a GCSE art and Design, these careers are generally
focused in Advertising, Marketing, Design, Architecture, Publishing and Media.
Art and design KS4 Curriculum Overview