Art and Design (Three Dimensional Design) GCSE at West Kirby Grammar School
Qualification :General Certificate of Secondary Education
Exam Board :Assessment and Qualifications Alliance (AQA)
Category :Crafts, Creative Arts and Design - Arts, Media and Publishing
What does the course involve?
This is a two year design course which specialises in, and therefore emphasises the use of the above sculpting materials. You are encouraged to develop and present your own ideas through sketch books and design sheets. You will cover three main areas in the first year of the course which encourages the development of skills and techniques which are specific to the following areas:
(a) Constructional work in different materials: 3 Dimensional and Relief work.
(b) Specialist Ceramic Skills: hand-building, moulding, carving and the safe use of tools.
(c) Decorative Techniques: painting with slips and oxides, relief work and the development of surface texture.
Critical studies (the exploration of artists work) are also undertaken through visits to galleries and museums, the occasional participation in artist workshops and ongoing use of books, magazines, videos and the internet. Candidates keep a record of their research and courses in the form of notes, sketches, collages, models and photographs which are incorporated into the course in the form of developmental preparatory study sheets and sketchbooks.
40% Examination - for a 10 hour examination
Coursework projects are set, and usually last half a term. All projects are re-marked at the same time as the examination is assessed. Examination questions are presented to pupils one month before the examination date to ensure that adequate preparation is carried out.
Why choose Three Dimensional Design?
You may decide to choose 3D Design (Sculpture) at GCSE level because you wish to express your ideas by designing, making, building or constructing pieces of work. Sculpture encourages you to express yourself imaginatively through the manipulation of different materials. You could be `building` your designs in clay, plaster, paper, card, wire, wax or even metal.
The Art block is open to pupils at lunchtime, three days a week when they are encouraged to use these extra lessons as enjoyable and informative ways of developing work on their projects. Many pupils benefit from a studio-type atmosphere of working outside the relative uniformity of timetabled lessons.
For those who wish to continue, this course leads directly to A/S Level and A2 Level Art and Design.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact West Kirby Grammar School directly.