Art and Design

Aims of the Course

The aim of this challenging and successful GCSE course is to develop the skills of individual students towards becoming independent artists and designers.  We aim to help you gain the confidence and skills necessary to work creatively in lively and exciting ways.

You will be given the opportunity to develop a range of skills so that you can thoroughly explore your creative ideas using a wide range of materials and techniques.

There are two units in this course:

  • Art and Design Portfolio 60%
  • Art and Design OCR – Set Task 40%


The Portfolio is 60% of the final mark and during the course of this unit you will have the opportunity to cover: drawing and painting, printmaking, mixed media, experimental imagery, digital imaging, fabric work and photography. The first projects will be teacher led but increasingly you will explore your own ideas as the course progresses.

Set Task

There will be a ten hour, two day examination at the end of the course.  During the two days you will complete a final piece of artwork based on an externally set list of starting points.  The starting points will be issued to you several weeks in advance, giving you time for thorough preparation.

This subject would suit students who

This subject might not be right for students who

  • Can work independently
  • Engage in creative activities at home
  • Enjoy looking at artwork
  • Feel confident about their art skills
  • Struggle to explore creative ideas
  • Don’t create artwork in their spare time
  • Don’t enjoy artistic experiences
  • Struggle to produce skilful artwork

The skills developed in Art and Design are valuable in many ways.  Colleges, universities and employers will value the creativity, high level thinking skills and problem solving abilities that you will acquire as you progress through GCSE Art and Design.

The UK has an excellent worldwide reputation for its creative industries and Art makes a huge contribution to our economy.  Possible career paths might include Architecture, Graphic Design, Photography, Jewellery Design, Marketing, Advertising, Illustration, Games Design, Fashion and Textiles and Industrial Design.

Any questions?  See MR J McLARNON