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?
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My time at Ashbourne was a fun and exciting experience. It had a very relaxed atmosphere which helped me settle in very well. The College’s approach to teaching in the classrooms was very different to traditional 6th form Colleges and a lot more informal which I believe was a great aid in developing my skills in independent study. During my time as a student at Ashbourne, I was passionate about physics and maths as well as music. My teachers and other staff members were very supportive of this and were an incredible assistance in helping me find an ideal course at university which catered to my interest. Thanks to Ashbourne I went on to do a joint degree in Physics and Music at Cardiff University. I graduated in 2018 and have remained at Cardiff to do a masters in Astrophysics.
AmyBSc in Physics and Music and MA in Astrophysics at Cardiff University
Gained responsibility and independence and has a mature approach to their studies
I have had a very valuable experience working at Ashbourne. I feel lucky that I got such a great opportunity to deal with different kinds of jobs which include; document preparations, helping at some organised opening evenings or dealing with students’ enquiries. Having a chance to deal with these tasks I feel that I have already gained a lot of valuable improvements in the skills which are needed in a college administrative working environment. The Ashbourne staff are very friendly and helpful. They never hesitated to give me advice on the jobs I was doing and what I should and should not do. I can not thank them enough for such great help and experience during all those times I was working at Ashbourne
Kim Anh TranFormer Part-Time Administrative Assistant
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