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A true artist is not one who is inspired, but one who inspires others.

Salvador Dali

Why choose GCSE Art and Design?

If you enjoy being creative, want to increase your practical skills and improve your analytical, communication and research abilities, art and design is a great choice.

The skills you gain make it a great complement to other subjects. Art and design is a way of seeing things and making sense of the world around you. It can help you with further study and prepare you for the world of work.

What will you study?

Depending on your school, you’ll study at least one of these: Art, craft and design.

This is an excellent general introduction to the study of art, craft and design. You’ll look at different approaches to art and use lots of different media, techniques and materials.

How will you be assessed?

There are two components:

• Component 1 Portfolio: produce a sustained project and a selection of further work that represents the course of study. This is worth 60% of your overall marks.

• Component 2: Externally set assignment: there’s a separate externally set task paper for each title. It features seven tasks and you have to complete one of them. You get preparation time, plus ten hours of supervised time. This is worth 40% of your total marks.

Where will GCSE Art and Design take you?

You can continue your art and design studies at AS and A-level, where the same titles are available.

You’ll also be able to choose areas of study to specialise in within a particular title. If you don’t want to take your art and design studies any further, the transferable skills you gain will still be valuable. You’ll develop problem solving, creative thinking, investigation, research, communication and teamwork skills, and gain the ability to develop, refine and present ideas. Employers and universities regard all of these highly.

Art and design opens the door to lots of exciting careers

Try these for starters:

  • Fashion design
  • Graphic design
  • Theatre designer
  • Animator
  • Video game designer
  • Illustrator
  • Museum curator
  • Photographer
  • Architecture
  • Product design
  • Textiles design
  • Ceramics
  • Advertising
  • Publishing
  • Interior design
  • Fashion and media journalism
  • Hair and make-up design
  • Retail design
  • Exhibition design
  • Jewellery design
  • Artist
  • Visual media
  • Teaching

New technologies are creating a whole new range of courses where art is being used in innovative ways.

Did you know more people work in the creative industries than the finance industry!

The creative industries generate £84.1 billion to the United Kingdom (UK) economy each year and employ over 2.8 million people. Unlike many industries, the creative industries have continued to grow, despite the recent financial crisis.

(Source: thecreativeindustries.co.uk)