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Examining Board CEA

GCSE Art is a 2 year course encompassing all aspects of both two and three dimensional design through Fine Art and Design. It is made up of 100 % coursework. The specification is made up of two units. It comprises a folder of work done over the 2 years in a range of disciplines while experimenting with a range of techniques and processes.


Unit 1 is worth 60 % of the overall grade and covers the core skills of visual language, media, materials, techniques and new technology. Students following this course must present a portfolio of work for Unit 1. The portfolio can contain work displaying a range of experiences, such as textile design, 3D design, critical and contextual studies, photography (SLR and digital) and graphic communication. The folder of work must include one specific task from initial concepts through to final completion of an outcome.

Unit 2 of the specification is an externally set examination. All work presented for this qualification is internally marked and externally moderated. Unit 2 is worth 40 % of the final grade. The examination paper is released in January of the 2nd year and a period of 6-8 weeks is set aside to complete a response to a given theme.

The study of art and design promotes and enriches students’ overall educational experience by presenting them with opportunities to develop their creative, intellectual and artistic abilities. This includes:

  •  drawing
  •  painting
  •  graphic design and photoshop
  •  textile design (working with materials)
  •  Photographs
  •  critical and contextual studies (Artist references)
  •  3D design
  •  sculpture or clay work