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At KS3 students within our core provision receive two 60 minute lessons of Art a week. The course is designed to fill any gaps students may have in their Art education and to help prepare students for their return to mainstream school. The course is split into three terms with a number of topics being covered each term:

KS3 Art and Design at The Park ESC encourages creativity, imagination and individual expression within a format of developing visual ideas through technical exploration. The subject aims to engage, inspire and challenge students of all abilities and backgrounds. The Art Department believes that visual education has a vital role to play in the development of every student and should enable the individual to recognize the importance of art and design both as a form of communication and a means to express ideas and emotions. Art provides visual, tactile and sensory experiences which can build beliefs and personalities. Introducing art works covering a range of past, contemporary and cultural contexts helps develop an understanding of how art, design and craft has shaped our history and continues to contribute to the creativity and wealth of our nation.  Students experiment with a variety of mediums such as drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, textiles and ICT.

Topics covered within projects include: Colour & Shape, Aboriginal Art, Native American/ Canadian Art, Surrealism and Identity.

The Park ESC KS3 Art and Design programme covers the main aims of the National Curriculum this includes:

  • Producing creative work, exploring ideas and recording experiences & observations
  • Becoming proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques
  • Evaluating and analysing their own and others creative works using the language of art, craft and design
  • Knowing about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understanding the historical and cultural development of their art forms.

Work produced by students in Art & Design is assessed against age related expectations and progression is linked to the aims of the national curriculum, these include: Generating ideas, Making, Evaluating and Knowledge. Students are formatively assessed regularly and a summative assessment takes place every half term.


Course: Edexcel Art and Design

Level: GCSE

Brief outline of course:

Over the two year course two projects for Component 1: Personal Portfolio (coursework) are covered, themes vary each year but have included topics such as Food & Drink, Dreams & Nightmares, Identity and Surfaces. Students undertaking Art, Craft and Design must create work associated with areas of study chosen from at least two of the endorsed titles; Fine Art, Graphic Communication, Textile Design, 3D Design or Photography.

Project 1 introduced in Year 10 consists of building key skills, knowledge and understanding. Project 2 in Year 11 has a broader theme and allows students to develop skills and understanding with more independence.

Component 2 comprises of an Externally Set Assignment (ESA) for which the theme is set by the exam board. Art, Craft and Design students are required to create work associated with at least one area of study for this component.

Component 1: Personal Portfolio (coursework) has a 60% weighting with approximately 120 guided learning hours. All coursework must be completed prior to moderation (May/June).

Component 2: The ESA has a weighting of 40%. This comprises of a preparatory period of approximately 10 weeks (starting January) study prior to the start of the 10-hour sustained focus period (April) under examination conditions. Students’ work must comprise of preparatory studies and personal response(s) based on the ESA broad-based thematic starting point.

For both component 1 & 2 four assessment objectives are addressed; A.O.1: Develop ideas through investigations, demonstrating critical understanding of sources, A.O.2: Refine work by exploring ideas, selecting and experimenting with appropriate media, materials, techniques and processes, A.O.3: Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions as work progresses, A.O.4: Present a personal and meaningful response that realises intentions and demonstrates understanding of visual language

GCSE Art, Design & Craft provides the basic skills needed to progress onto a higher art & design qualification e.g. AS GCE Art, Level 3 Diploma in a range of art specifications. A GCSE Art & Design qualification can lead to a variety of career pathways within the art e.g. graphic designer, fine artist, animator, architect, civil engineer, sign writer, teacher, product/ jewellery/ set/ costume and clothing design. An art qualification will also be beneficial for occupations such as hairdressing, gardening, floristry and retail.