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ART AND DESIGN

Examination Board: EDEXCEL

Specification: 1AD0

 

Description of Course

Art and Design is a broad course that allows you to do a wide variety of things.

Painting, Drawing, Graphics, Illustration, Printmaking, Computer Graphics, Photography, Ceramics and Sculpture are among the many things possible.

By the end of the course you will have developed a comprehensive portfolio. This portfolio will support your application to further and higher education or entry into the field of work.

 

How Will You Learn

You will be required to explore your personal experience and translate this through visual investigation and exploration into an art outcome. Experimenting, exploring, taking risks, changing, adapting, refining and resolving ideas to develop a personal visual vocabulary will be essential activities.

Throughout the course you will be required to consider the development of your skills, methods of working and ideas within the context of art history. Researching other artists, experimenting with their approaches and comparing and contrasting their methods with your own will also be essential activities which will run alongside your own developing personal practical work.

 

Method of Assessment

The course is almost entirely practical. There is a requirement for research and writing though this is always linked to your developing practical work. There is no written exam.

The course is divided into two discrete areas. 60% of the course is practical coursework whilst the remaining 40% is a practical Externally Set Assignment. (A Practical Exam).

 

Pathways after Year 11

Further Study

This is an excellent qualification for further progression onto post sixteen courses in an arts related subject. In Yr 12 at Liskeard we offer:

  • AS/A2 Art and Design
  • AS/A2 Photography
  • AS/A2 Theatre Studies
  • AS/A2 Music
  • AS/A2 Dance
  • AS/A2 Media Studies
  • AS/A2 Textiles

This is also a great subject to add breadth and balance to your educational experience.

Career Routes

Art and Design and the Creative Industry remain the fastest growing revenue earner in the UK. It is one of the strongest parts of the economy and Britain is a world leader in the field. Careers in Art and Design are huge in number across a very wide range of specialisms and jobs are available at every ability level. Here are a small number of example vocations:

Graphic/Advertising Design for TV/Internet/Sign/ Print/Package Design, Illustrator/Book/Magazine/Medical/Botanical/Technical/Natural History, Fine Artist, Exhibition Artist, Film and TV Camera Person, Animator, Teacher/Lecturer, Printmaker, Sign Writer, Silkscreen Printer, Art Gallery Manager, Art Historian, Art Journalist, Fashion Designer, Fashion Illustrator, Fashion Stylist, Costume Designer, Architectural Model Maker, Architect, Car Designer, Ceramics/Pottery Designer, Photographer for Advertising/Press/Fashion/Scientific/Forensic/Forces/Documentary/Sports, Art Therapist, Art Restorer, Art Buyer, Costume Designer, Engineering Model Maker, Theatrical Set Designer/Film/TV Props/Special Effects, Furniture Designer/Restorer, Glassware Design/Maker, Jewellery Design/Maker, Landscape Designer, Stain Glass Designer/Restorer, Taxidermist, Toy Designer/Maker, Product Design/Model maker…

Pupil comments

“Art is great as it encourages you to develop a personal way of working. It is hard because you have to develop the skills to be able to think creatively and this involves a lot of independent, disciplined work. It is good though because it is your thing.”

 


 

 

ART TEXTILES

Examination Board: AQA

 

Description of Course

You will study a variety of Art Textile techniques and processes, using a wide range of media and resources. During Year 10 and 11 you will work from a starting point and explore the necessary themes when producing your coursework portfolios. Project examples include:-

  • Shorelines
  • Elements

In Year 11 you will have to complete a practical based externally set assignment.

 

How Will You Learn

This course is designed for students who are creative and have an interest in pursuing an Art and Design based course.

Art Textile students must enjoy:-

  • Working with a variety of practical techniques and processes
  • Developing ideas
  • Experimenting with a variety of media
  • Recording ideas in order to produce visual and tactile responses
  • Presenting work in a personal, informed and meaningful way.

 

Method of Assessment

  • Unit 1– Portfolio of work, 60%. This unit is assessed throughout the course and moderated by the exam board.
  • Unit 2- Externally set assignment. 40%. A practical exam which is marked by the school and moderated by the exam board.

 

 Pathways after Year 11

Further Study

  • AS/A2 Level in Art Textiles (offered here at Liskeard School and Community College)
  • AS/AS2 Art
  • AS/A2 Photography

Career Routes

There are many pathways forward through to Further Education and Higher Education.

Career possibilities include:

  • Fashion                
  • Textile Artist
  • Teaching                    
  • Costume Design
  • Art Therapy                
  • Fashion Journalism
  • Fashion Photography

Pupil comments

“The course is brilliant; I love being creative and I enjoy exploring different techniques. Having the freedom to design and create anything textile based is great”.

 


 

 

DRAMA

Examination Board: AQA

 

Description of Course

The subject content for GCSE Drama is divided into three components:

1. Understanding drama

2. Devising drama

3. Texts in practice

The course combines practical drama with some theoretical learning. Where students have a particular interest in the technical aspects of Drama, such as stage management or costume design, there is flexibility for the individual to be assessed in this area.

 

How Will You Learn

Dramais an exciting, broad ranging course that allows you to do a wide variety of things:

Responding to stimuli, creating your own performances based on a theme or a play, taking part in scripted performances, responding to other’s performances, giving constructive criticism, directing work and watching live theatre are some of the many experiences you can have in Drama.

 

Method of Assessment

Component 1: Open book written exam; 1 hour and 45 minutes; 40% of GCSE. Assesses:

  • Knowledge and understanding of drama and theatre
  • Study of one set play from a choice of six
  • Analysis and evaluation of the work of live theatre makers
  • Process of creating devised drama
  • Performance of devised drama (students may contribute as performer or designer)
  • Analysis and evaluation of own work
  • Performance of two extracts from one play (students may contribute as performer or designer)
  • Free choice of play but it must contrast with the set play chosen for Component 1

Component 2: Practical and coursework; internally marked and externally moderated; 40% of GCSE.

Create a log and devise performance. Assesses:

Component 3: Practical and coursework; internally marked and externally moderated; 20% of GCSE.

Consists of:

  • Performance of two extracts from one play (students may contribute as performer or designer)
  • Free choice of play but it must contrast with the set play chosen for Component 1

 

Pathways after Year 11

Further Study

This is an excellent qualification for further progression onto post 16 courses in an arts related subject. In Yr 12 at Liskeard we offer:

  • AS/A2 Drama and Theatre Studies
  • AS/A2 Music
  • AS/A2 Dance
  • AS/A2 Art and Design
  • AS/A2 Photography
  • AS/A2 Media Studies
  • AS/A2 Textiles

Career Routes

Careers in Drama and Theatre:

The Arts industry is currently the biggest employer in the UK. Even if you do not wish to work within the Arts industry, Drama can help you to gain employment in any job, as it is all about communication, social and presentation skills.

Some possible career routes are:.

Actor, Director, Producer, Playwright, Lighting/Sound technician, Set/Costume designer, Theatre Critic/ Journalist, Make up artist, Drama Therapist, Props Maker, Theatre in Education Practitioner, Theatre Administrator, Press Officer, Marketing, Education Officer, Front of House Manager, Stage Manager, Researcher, T.V Presenter, Public Service

 

Pupil comments

“I enjoy all the different aspects and techniques of drama and that you get to work in groups.”

“There is a lot of freedom and you also look at lights and props.”

“Drama has helped me develop my confidence and I have enjoyed learning new techniques and skills.”

 


 

 

MUSIC

Examination Board: AQA                  Specification: 8271

 

Description of Course

The GCSE Music course continues to develop and balance the core music skills:

  • Understanding Music (Listening)              
  • Composing Music
  • Performing Music

There are 4 AREAS OF STUDY (AoS)

  • Western classical tradition (classical music) 1650–1910
  • Popular music
  • Traditional music (ours and music of other countries)
  • Western classical tradition since 1910

 

How Will You Learn

This is an enjoyable but demanding GCSE and in order to succeed you will need to work hard at

all three aspects of the course – not just Performing but also Composing and Listening.

Lessons incorporate the 3 core skills: Performing, Composing and Listening; and equip you to succeed in these 3 Assessed Components.

 

Method of Assessment

Component 1 – Listening - 40%

A written exam lasting 1hr and 30 minutes when you will answer a variety of questions on extracts on cd and also on 2 set pieces of music studied in detail, one from AoS 1 and one from either AoS 2, 3 or 4. (Externally marked)

Component 2 – Performing - 30%

1 solo and 1 ensemble   (Internally marked and moderated)

Component 3 – Composing - 30%

2 compositions, one set by the exam board, the other is a free composition. Internally marked and moderated)

 

Pathways after Year 11

Further Study

This is an essential qualification for progression onto post-16 courses in music, here at Liskeard School.

Career Routes

If you don’t plan to study music beyond GCSE this qualification will still stand you in good stead for all sorts of next steps with your career. It is a GCSE which requires both academic and practical skills so shows that you can be versatile and well-rounded.

It also a course which shows you are able to work with others, be creative, be confident and be open to/ knowledgeable about a wide range of cultural experiences, and these characteristics count for a great deal in life.

 

Pupil comments

“A really great course – you get the chance to develop your instrumental playing or singing, and your composing, in a class where everyone loves music!”

“A good, interesting course, but don’t take it if you just want to play the guitar the whole time, there are lots of other things you have to learn as well!!”

 


 

 

PHOTOGRAPHY

Examination Board: Edexcel             Specification: 1PY0

 

Description of Course

Photography is a specialised course that allows you to learn the craft of digital and wet chemical image making. You will learn how to create:

  • A photogram in the photographic dark room.
  • Your own camera and make a pin hole camera image.
  • Images using film and an SLR camera.
  • Negatives using a chemical process.
  • Prints from your negatives in the dark room.
  • Digital images using our SLR cameras.
  • An image making the best of ambient lighting.
  • An image using studio lighting.
  • An image exploiting the use of the SLR to record with specific effects.
  • Contact sheets and how to annotate these with reflective ideas for development.

You will also use the Apple Macs and Photoshop to enhance and manipulate photographs and how to use Photoshop to create digital art.

 

How Will You Learn

On this course you will progress from taking a ‘snap shot’ to learning the craft of photography: from the historical origin of image making to the use of sophisticated digital SLR cameras; from controlling and manipulating light to building a rapport with your subject. The course is almost entirely practical. There is a requirement for research and writing though this is always linked to your developing practical photography work. Where you have a particular interest in the history or theories of photography there is always sufficient flexibility for you to develop this as a specific area of interest. You will provided with outstanding examples of other photographers work to inspire, support and develop your personal styles and interests.

 

Method of Assessment

The course is divided into two discrete areas. 60% of the course is practical coursework whilst the remaining 40% is a practical Externally Set Assignment. (A Practical Exam).

 

Pathways after Year 11

Further Study

This is an excellent qualification for further progression onto post sixteen courses in an arts related subject. In Yr 12/13 at Liskeard we offer:

  • AS/A2 Art and Design
  • AS/A2 Photography
  • AS/A2 Theatre Studies
  • AS/A2 Music
  • AS/A2 Dance
  • AS/A2 Media Studies
  • AS/A2 Textiles

This is also a great subject to add breadth and balance to your educational experience.

Career Routes

Careers in Photography

The Creative Industries, of which photography and new media is a significant part of, remain the fastest growing revenue earner in the UK. It is one of the strongest parts of the economy and Britain is a world leader in the field. Careers in Photography are huge in number across a very wide range of specialisms and applications. Jobs are available at every ability level. Here are a small number of examples:

Advertising, Fashion, Medical, Botanical, Advertising, Press, Scientific, Aerial, Forensic, Scenes of Crime, Journalistic, Archaeological, Book and General Illustration, Commercial Artist/Designer, Computer Graphics Designer/Programmer, Film direction and camera operators, TV/Film and Internet use, commercial freelancing for weddings / special occasions.

 

Pupil comments

“I didn’t realise it was so technical but I now understand so much more about image making. It’s great fun with new and interesting things to learn each week. You are able to develop your own ideas and style with good skills”

 

 

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