GCSE Art and Design

Ashbourne students experience a fantastic variety of art and design activities from fine art, print-making, 3D design and textiles in our one-year GCSE programme. They learn a wide range of skills, explore new ideas and experiment with different techniques to build up a successful portfolio of work. Closely guided by our tutors, students choose a project topic to develop that is directed by their own needs, aspirations and exploration.

The college is perfectly located for students to visit the many outstanding exhibitions and galleries London has to offer including The National Gallery, the Design Museum and the Royal Academy of Art. This provides students with inspiration and a great resource for primary research.

Why study GCSE Art?

Art is a visual language that allows us to communicate ideas, convey mood and tell stories. Not only will you learn the skills and techniques to produce powerful artwork, you will also discover creative and fun ways to explore and express your ideas.

Studying Art and Design carves the way for further studies involving creative problem solving and offers an excellent career pathway into art, architecture, fashion, interior design and design.

Which syllabus do we follow?

Ashbourne follows the AQA specification for GCSE Art and Design.

What is covered in the course?

Ashbourne students follow the Art, Craft and Design programme for GCSE Art and Design. Students build up a portfolio of work developed in response to a subject, theme, task or brief. This constitutes 60% of the overall mark. They also carry out an externally set assessment (40%) on a chosen title.

Who teaches this course?

Arianwen Shoring

MA Graphic Design, Fashion and Branding (Nottingham Trent Universtiy); BA Hons Fashion (University of Wales); PGCE Art and textiles (University of Worcester)

Arianwen has been teaching in art and design, and fashion since 2006 and has extensive experience preparing students for the next stage of their arts education. She directs the GCSE Art and Design course.

Beyond GCSE Art

Students may wish to progress onto the two-year A-level Art and Design course, and then subsequently onto Higher Education study – either on a Foundation Course in Art and Design or a University Degree Course in a selected pathway of their choice.

There are many career opportunities: they can include product design, fashion, illustration, animation, interior design, jewellery, furniture, set design, painting, sculpting, printmaking, to name just a few! New technologies are creating a whole new range of courses and careers in which art is being used in innovative and exciting ways.

Textbooks

The Complete Guide to Painting and Drawing Techniques and Materials, by Colin Hayes
The 20th Century Art Book, by Susannah Lawson
Visual Arts in the 20th Century, by Edward Lucie-Smith

 

Why Choose Ashbourne College?
StudentsParentsTeachers
I loved the casualness between teacher and student and also I loved the fact that I was essentially, the one responsible for myself and parents were not frequently contacted for any reason i.e to sign up for clubs etc. The responsibility- to turn up on time, to hand in homework on time, to revise effectively- all being left to me, really spurred on me to be productive and hard working. I hope to eventually be working in the city as a trader for a large bank, after doing this in the short term I hope to take money I have saved and open a fashion retail store that stocks up and coming brands in London somewhere. I genuinely feel like Ashbourne has given me the confidence i once lacked to be able to do this
MilunPhilosophy, Politics and Economics at University of Leeds
Positive, encouraging environment ­focuses on what will help Theo rather than what he hasn’t done
Ashbourne is a wonderful place to teach and an even better place to study. The staff treat the students as adults and the mutual respect results in a relaxed university approach to study. Teaching classes that only have a max of 10 allows for individual tuition and greater differentiation within the groups helping the students grow in confidence and develop a love for their subjects. I really like the fact that students are encouraged to refer to their tutors by their first name and feel that this breaks down tutor/student boundaries and means that the students are confident in asking for help. Brilliant students, brilliant tutors, great place to work
Rachel TeasdaleFormer Head of GCSE and Biology Teacher
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