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?
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.
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