What is GCSE Art?
GCSE Art at MPW offers students the chance to explore their own thoughts and ideas in a visual format. The course encourages students to experiment with a variety of techniques and materials, which they will build on through steady development. Students are also taught about historic art movements and the work of contemporary artists through visiting art galleries around Britain.

The Specification
AQA Art and Design 8201


8201C Portfolio of Work Controlled Assessment  60%
8201X Externally Set Task  10 hours focussed study  40%

Course Content

42011 Portfolio of Work
Candidates must present a selection of thoughtfully presented work that demonstrates the breadth and depth of the course of study. More than one extended collection of work, or project must be presented which demonstrate an ability to sustain work from initial starting points or project briefs to the realisation of intentions and include evidence of research, the development of ideas and meaningful. 

42012 Externally Set Task
Starting from a brief set by AQA, candidates are expected to develop their own work informed by their preparatory studies. There is unlimited preparation time followed by a ten hour period of sustained focused study in which candidates are expected to develop their own unaided work informed by their preparatory studies.

Reading List

E H Gombrich  The Story of Art  Phaidon 
Adam Butler  The Art Book  Phaidon 
Rachel Barnes  The 20th Century Art Book  Phaidon 
Ian Jeffery  The Photography Book  Phaidon