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GCSE Art and Design (AQA) This course is made up of 60% Coursework and 40% Exam.  Students produce 2 coursework projects in Year 10 and a third in Year 11 for their coursework portfolio, followed by a choice of project set by the exam board in the Spring term of year 11, culminating in a timed exam.  Work is marked and assessed in school prior to being moderated by AQA. 


If you are creative, enjoy looking at the world in different ways, creating dynamic and personal artwork to express your ideas and opinions then GCSE art is the option for you. You will have the opportunity to develop your own artwork, learn skills in different 2D and 3D media and learn about different artists and designers. You will be encouraged to take photographs to support your work. You will build a portfolio of artwork which makes up the 60% coursework mark. You then choose an exam project from a selection set by AQA, develop and plan your ideas then create your final exam piece over a 10-hour period.


The ideal art student will be motivated and independent with a desire to try new materials, ideas and techniques. They will have a passion for the subject, enjoy different aspects of art and design and want to develop their own style of artwork.


Previous visits have included London, Tate gallery, Tate Modern, Tate St. Ives, V&A museum and more local areas such as Hauser and Wirth and Hestercombe gardens. In the future we hope to plan many more trips abroad such as Paris and Barcelona.


Students who study Art and Design at KS4 will have the opportunity to study A Level Art or Photography here at Huish Sixth. We currently have 10 students in Year 12 and 9 students in Year 13, meaning that more focussed individual tuition and support is available. A very broad range of techniques are taught such as Photography, Clay, Photoshop, Painting and Drawing, Print-making and Life Drawing. Year 12 is an experimental year which builds confidence and knowledge which leads into Year 13 when students create their own projects followed by a Personal Investigation Project, including a critical essay of 1000-3000 words.

After A level, students then typically pursue a Foundation Diploma before going to University or can choose to go directly onto degree courses.

Typical degree courses and job opportunities would be in Fine Art, Textiles, Photography, Architecture, Animation, Graphic Design, Illustration, Interior Design, Arts Production for Screen and Theatre, Teaching, Gallery Curator, Web Designer, Art Therapist and Community Arts worker.

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