The study of Art, craft and design embodies some of the highest forms of human creativity. The high-quality art and design education we endeavour to deliver at Hillsview Academy aims to engage, inspire and challenge our students, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design.

Year 7: Under the Sea

As students make progress throughout Key Stage 3, it is our aim to inspire them to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. The national curriculum for art and design aims to ensure that all pupils: produce creative work; exploring their ideas and recording their experiences, become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques, evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design, know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms. Art lessons at Hillsview Academy are focussed on embodying these aims whilst ensuring our students are highly engaged in their learning.

Year 8: Superheroes and Villains

GCSE Art and Design (Fine Art)

At Hillsview Academy, we have chosen the EDUQAS GCSE in Art and Design (Fine Art) as it has been designed to provide engaging, challenging, coherent and meaningful learning experiences for our students through a highly flexible structure that supports the sequential and incremental development of creative practice.

This practical and immersive programme of study broadens experience, develops imagination and technical skills, fosters creativity and promotes personal and social development. The focus of the GCSE Fine Art specification is to nurture an enthusiasm for Art, Craft and Design and, through a broad introductory foundation programme in year 9, students develop critical, practical and theoretical skills that enable them to gain a holistic understanding of a range of practices and contexts in the visual arts, crafts and design fields. Throughout years 10 and 11 students build a portfolio of work focussed on the four Assessment Objectives; research, experimentation, recording and personal response.

Unit 1: Portfolio 60% of qualification: 120 marks

This unit comprises a major practical portfolio and outcome/s to be based on internally set themes and subject matter developed from personal and/or given starting points. Work undertaken within the unit will be internally set, internally assessed and externally moderated. Work will be selected, evaluated and presented for assessment by the student. Evidence is required of how the student has met each of the assessment objectives. No time limit: duration to be determined by the centre.

Unit 2: Externally Set Assignment 40% of qualification: 80 marks

The Externally Set Assignment consists of two parts:

Part 1: Preparatory study period Externally Set Assignment materials set by WJEC are to be released to the students no earlier than 2 January (in the calendar year in which the assessment is to be taken) and will consist of assignments based on themes, visual stimuli and written briefs, which are to be presented to the student at the start of the preparatory study period. One of the assignments is to be selected by the student and used as a starting point from which to elicit a personal, creative response. Responses are developed during the preparatory study period. They should take the form of practical, critical and contextual preparatory work/supporting studies which inform the resolution of the student’s ideas in the 10 hours sustained focus study. The start of the preparatory study period is defined as the date upon which the externally set assignment materials are presented to the student. The preparatory study period may commence on or after 2 January. The preparatory study period finishes upon commencement of the sustained focus work. Start and finish dates of the preparatory study period to be determined by the centre, taking into account the May deadline for the submission of internally assessed marks to WJEC.

Part 2: 10 hour period of sustained focus work. The resolution of the student’s ideas from the preparatory work must be completed during the designated 10 hours of sustained focus work. The period of sustained focus work must be completed under supervised conditions. Centres determine the scheduling of the supervised sustained focus sessions, taking into account the May deadline for the submission of internally assessed marks to WJEC. Work will be selected, evaluated and presented for assessment by the student. The Externally Set Assignment will be set by WJEC, assessed by the teacher and externally moderated. Both the preparatory work and sustained focus work will be assessed together using the assessment objectives.

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