In this one-year GCSE course, you will study a range of 3D artists, use a variety of 3D art materials and develop ideas creatively. Drawing activities and annotations about the work are compulsory. Projects will include references to first hand sources and by the end of the projects you will have brought all your ideas together.
Unit 1: Portfolio (60%)
Your portfolio must include both:
1: A sustained project developed in response to a subject, theme, task or brief (the topic will be set by your teacher) evidencing the journey from initial engagement with an idea(s) to the realisation of intentions. This will give you the opportunity to demonstrate, through an extended creative response, your ability to draw together different areas of knowledge, skills and/or understanding. You will study a range of 3D artists, use a variety of 3D art materials and develop ideas creatively.
2: A selection of further work resulting from activities such as trials and experiments; skills-based workshops; mini and/or foundation projects; responses to gallery, museum or site visits; work placements; independent study and evidence of your specific role in any group work undertaken.
You must provide evidence of drawing activity and written annotation in your work.
Unit 2: Externally set assignment (40%)
AQA will provide an externally set assignment (exam paper) on 2nd January, with seven different starting points - you must select and respond to one of these. This unit gives you the opportunity to demonstrate, through an extended creative response, your ability to draw together different areas of knowledge, skills and/or understanding in response to your selected starting point. Again, you must show evidence of drawing activity and written annotation. Then, around April time, you will have 10 hours in your Art room in which time you are required to realise your intentions.
No formal entry qualifications are required for Level 2 courses. This course would also work well being studied alongside Graphics, Photography, Textiles or Fine Art.
Ceramics offers an excellent opportunity for the expression of personal, creative ideas and the development of skills and techniques required for their realisation. Ceramics encourages flexibility of thought, response and engenders the development of analytical and aesthetic judgement. It allows for personal expression, teaches self-discipline. Ceramics provides an opportunity for a healthy alignment between intellectual and feeling processes, encouraging the development of personal value, confidence and self-esteem. This course would be suited to then lead on to A Level 3D Design (Ceramics).