Students produce artwork in response to set project themes which give them the opportunity to develop their drawing skills, explore and investigate a wide range of media, and study the work of artists and designers from other times and cultures. They are encouraged to respond visually, verbally and in written form, to the project themes. Students are taught to evaluate their own work and the work of other artists and designers, research information and develop their own ideas.
GCSE Art & Design is made up of two parts, which together give a student their final grade. The Personal Portfolio is worth 60% of the overall mark and consists of a series of themed assignments and a final examination project, which is worth 40%. Students respond to four assessment objectives, which require them to record observations and ideas, analyse their own and other's artwork, experiment with a range of media in the development of ideas and produce final outcomes.
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