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Art and Design - Fine Art GCSE at Firth Park Academy

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In GCSE Art you will be required to work in one or more areas of fine art such as those listed below. Students may explore combinations of areas -

Drawing and painting



Mixed media

Computer Art

You will be expected to produce a substantial portfolio of art work and in Y11 will exhibit your coursework and examination work.

We will expect students to attend trips out to galleries/exhibitions and artists workshops. Above all, you need to be interested, motivated and hard working.


In Y10 and Y11 you need to complete the following:

2, 3 or 4 units of coursework, which includes preparatory work and sketchbooks related to the final piece in the chosen area of study. Homework will be set as part of coursework.

60% of marks

Controlled test (exam). Four weeks preparatory work followed by ten hours of supervised time to produce a final piece. You will be expected to develop your own work from a starting point from the examination board. You will be assessed on your final piece and your preparatory work i.e. Research, sketchbook studies, experimentation with ideas and materials, test pieces etc

40% of marks

Further information

Creativity and imagination

Practical skills for communicating and expressing ideas, feelings visually

The ability to research, investigate, and understand the work and approaches of artists/art movements

The ability to research, develop and refine your ideas from a given starting point or theme

The ability to form your own ideas

Knowledge and understanding of art history, art of other cultures and contemporary art

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 02 October 2016

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