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OCR GCSE Art and Design- Fine Art

Fine Art develops the skills of independence, rigour, concentration and tenacity.

Exam results are outstanding 98% 9-4

The subject facilitates a number of career paths such as Graphic Design, Illustration, Architecture, Fashion Design, Hairdressing, Animation, Video game Design and Interior Decoration.

Art offers opportunities to visit galleries and to work with artists.

If you have the opportunity visit our annual Creative Design Exhibition which will be held at the Tate Gallery; GCSE work is displayed and does not look out of place among professional displays. We are excited this year by our developing links with St Ives School of Art and The Leach Pottery.

OCR GCSE Art and Design- Graphic Communication

Graphic Communication is defined as the practice of creating work to convey information, ideas and emotions through the use of graphic elements such as colour, icons, images, typography and photographs.

Exam results are outstanding: 100% of students of achieved grades A*-C.

Students are given the opportunity to explore, acquire and develop skills, knowledge and understanding through the application of techniques and processes specific to their chosen area of study of Graphic Communication.

Students explore practical and relevant critical and contextual sources such as the work of historical and contemporary graphic designers and the different purposes, intentions and functions of graphic communication as appropriate to their own work.

In their final projects students demonstrate their knowledge, skills and understanding by producing functional, creative Graphic Communication products

The Graphic Communication GCSE follows the same syllabus as the Art & Design GCSE. It therefore contains similarities such as observational drawing, examining a range of artists work and exploring a range of media and techniques. Students design highly creative art based items.

Of all of the Creative Design options Graphics has the greatest emphasis on the use of computers.

Applications such as Computer Aided Design (CAD) Computer Aided Manufacture (CAM), Laser cutting and 3D printing are fundamental aspects of the subject. In addition, students will experience: 2 D Design Tools, Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. In such a fast moving and exciting subject, new programmes are always introduced. Students need to be innovative and respond to new challenges and techniques presented. In addition to constructing a 3D product the subject familiarises students with the design process and knowledge of designers. This involves product research, materials evaluation, and consideration of production techniques.

The subject open paths towards a diverse range of employment opportunities: advertising, architecture, graphic design, photography, media, product design and publishing.

It is possible for students to study GCSE Art and Design: Graphic Communication and GCSE Creative Design (Photography) GCSE. Although there is overlap between the courses, it may be an attractive pathway for students committed to art based career.

OCR GCSE Creative Design (Photography)

The Creative Design course combines a range of disciplines, but applies a primary focus on photography.

Exams results are outstanding. Students achieved 100% grade 9-5 for the second consecutive year.

The course will ultimately focus on creativity through the medium of photography and lead to a Photography GCSE.

Photography is defined here as the practice of creating durable static or moving images by recording light with light-sensitive materials such as photographic film or digitally by means of an image sensor.

Students must explore, acquire and develop skills, knowledge and understanding through the application of traditional and or digital techniques and processes specific to their chosen area(s) of study of Photography.

Evaluation is carried out upon practical contextual sources such as the work of historical and contemporary photographers and the different purposes, intentions and functions of photography as appropriate to their own work.

Students must demonstrate the knowledge, skills and understanding through area(s) of study relevant to Photography.