GCSE Art and Design (2017)

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The CCEA GCSE Art and Design specification develops students’ understanding of how meanings, ideas and intentions can be communicated through visual and tactile language. Students learn how to use different media and technologies to realise their intentions. They develop their understanding of the creative and cultural industries, and refine their work through experimentation.

This specification places an emphasis on drawing, and on understanding and applying the design process. It encourages students to engage with the creative and cultural industries, and offers a broad and flexible content, allowing students to pursue a range of creative pathways.

Students have the opportunity to develop their critical understanding through a range of investigative, analytical and experimental skills. They then develop and refine their ideas with increasing independence.

This qualification builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills developed through the Area of Learning The Arts and the Cross-Curricular Skill of Using ICT.

This specification is a linear qualification: students take all the assessment at the end of the course.

The specification has two components:

  • Component 1:
    • Part A: Exploratory Portfolio
    • Part B: Understanding the Creative and Cultural Industries
  • Component 2: Externally Set Assignment.

Skills developed through our GCSE Art and Design

This specification supports the Northern Ireland Curriculum at Key Stage 4 and gives students further opportunities to achieve their potential and develop skills for life. By studying this specification, students become critical thinkers with enquiring minds and increase their confidence in taking artistic risks. The course focuses on drawing, emphasising that it is an essential part of the creative process in all art, craft and design disciplines.

As well as exploring many artistic skills and processes, students develop their knowledge and understanding of historical and contemporary contexts, societies and cultures. The broad and flexible content gives students the freedom to pursue a range of creative pathways.

For more information on this specification contact:

Nola Fitzsimons
Specification Support Officer
(028) 9026 1200 ext. 2235
Anne McGinn
Subject Officer
(028) 9026 1200 ext. 2263