Key Stage Information

Key Stage 4

The GCSE course covers five terms and work produced from the very first day is actual examination work which counts towards the final grade awarded at the end of Year 11.  Year 10 students spend three lessons per week in the department and, to give them experience of a variety of ideas and styles, we aim to ensure that a broad and balanced curriculum is taught.

A good level of skill and ability is called for when considering joining the course, ideally students should have achieved a Level 6 or higher at the end of Key Stage Three.  Art is a very enjoyable subject, but students must have a basic foundation of skills to begin with.  A successful GCSE student must also exhibit enthusiasm and commitment and be willing to work hard on developing his/her creative potential. Students will develop a higher level of skill and expertise in a range of Art and Design techniques, as well as a greater awareness of the visual world and certain aspects of the History of Art. 

Art and Design is a practical subject and lesson time will be almost exclusively spent in the creation of original art and design work. This will involve a lot of independent research and investigation, including continuous written documentation and analysis of their own and others’ work.

Students work will consist of a series of Art projects set by the Art and Design staff and will be both two- and three-dimensional using a range of materials throughout the course.  Homework tasks are an essential part of the course and students will be expected to learn to work independently, demonstrating resourcefulness and self -motivation.

Key Stage 5

For those students who are interested in taking their studies further, there are a number of post-l6 Art And Design courses available.  At Moulsham we offer AS and A2 level Art in the Sixth Form.

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