Rickmansworth School GCSE Pathway 4 Option Booklet

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Art and Design

Overview The course aims to inspire students, encouraging creativity whilst equipping them with the skills required to be successful. They will develop a broad base of skills with an initial focus on drawing and painting. Students will also experience other disciplines including 3D ceramics and print making. The course is tightly structured at the start of Year 10 but gradually introduces more choice and by the end of Year 11 students enjoy being more independent and generating their own ideas.

Costs Essential: A3 Sketchbooks x 4 (approx. £3 each) Recommended: Equipment pack – Between £13.50 - £28 Optional: canvases / boards (£3 - £6) Trips Kew Gardens – September Year 10 approximately £15 National Portrait Gallery - July Year 10 approximately £5

Pathways Further Education: A Level Art & Design / Fine Art Foundation Diploma Art & Design University: Degree in an Arts-based subject (eg Fine Art / Illustration / Graphics / Fashion / Textiles / Architecture) Career: Animator, Architect, Ceramics Designer, Community Arts Worker, Fashion Designer, Furniture Designer, Graphic or Product Designer, Illustrator, Interior Designer, Jewellery Designer, Make-up Artist, Photographer, Printmaker, Textile Designer.


Component 1

Component 2

Portfolio 60% of GCSE

Externally set assignment 40% of GCSE

Project 1: Natural forms / Kew Developing skills and producing outcomes in a range of media Project 2: Portraiture Building on skills and learning process. Final outcome produced in Year 10 exam Project 3: Trial exam project Building on skills Final outcome produced in trial exam

Preparatory period sketchbook work, approx. 10 weeks

Supervised exam 10 hours

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