St Mary's Catholic College, Wallasey

St Mary's Catholic College
A Voluntary Aided Academy

Key Stage 4 Art - Textiles

The Art department's KS4 programme of study develops independent working. Students selecting GCSE Art & Design or Textile Design will be given many opportunities to develop their skills and ideas through a variety of media and materials and Artist studied.  We equip pupils with appropriate skills, students will encounter more specialised use of materials and including Acrylic/gouache painting, ceramic, Machine skills & fashion garment construction, printing process, photographic elements and Photoshop. While also giving them the freedom to realise their personal intentions. They will be encouraged to have an adventurous and creative approach to the set themes or topics, alongside developing an understanding of the visual arts to build an exciting and varied portfolio over year ten and first term of year eleven.  

Sketchbooks are used extensively for homework and class work, these are an important resource for the students and they are encouraged to develop them in a creative and expressive way, by including drawings, ideas, notes and research on artists.


How they will be assessed? (Overview)

Years 10-11

The final grade is 60% coursework and 40% exam.

The exam is an externally set assignment that will have a broad title. For example; journeys, layers, apart and/or together. Students follow skills workshops until they are prepared to embark on more independent ideas. The final piece is produced in 10 hours under controlled conditions over two days at the end of the project.

How it will be assessed:

Internally marked and moderated by a EDUQAS visitor to the centre.

What it prepares you for:

After completing GCSE Art and Design, many students go on to take A Level Fine Art or Textiles, or BTEC Art and Design, all of which can lead to University degrees and possible careers such as architecture, advertising, fashion, interior design, teaching or as a practising artist.