KS4 Art


Keystage 4 – Art and Design (0400)

Curriculum Overview

Cambridge IGCSE Art & Design encourages learners to develop an ability to record from direct observation and personal experience and to identify and solve problems in visual and/or other forms. Students studying this course will develop creativity, visual awareness, critical and cultural understanding using imaginative, creative and personal responses. They will learn independence in the refinement and development of ideas and personal outcomes and will engage and experiment with a range of media, materials and techniques, including new media and technologies, where appropriate. They will gain experience of working in relevant frameworks and exploration of manipulative skills necessary to form, compose and communicate in two and/or three dimensions. They will develop a knowledge of a working vocabulary relevant to the subject and an interest in, and critical awareness of, other practitioners, environments and cultures. They will use investigative, analytical, experimental, interpretative, practical, technical and expressive skills which will aid their effective and independent learning. They will develop confidence, enthusiasm and a sense of achievement in the practice of art and design.

Topics to be studied

  • Painting and Drawing
  • Printmaking
  • Three-Dimensional Studies
  • Photography, digital and lens-based media
  • Graphic Communication
  • Textile design

Students are not expected to produce work from all the areas. They are, however, expected to:

  • Identify and research a particular aspect of art and design.
  • Carry out relevant exploration of materials, media and appropriate processes.
  • Document and evaluate ideas and concepts against aims and objectives as the work proceeds
  • Develop these into a cohesive outcome.

Assessment and Coursework

Formative assessment is a key method of supporting progress. Formative assessment as well as end of term and end of year grades will be given.

Coursework will be assessed against the five assessment objectives:

  • Gathering, recording, research and investigation
  • Exploration and development of ideas
  • Organisation and relationships of visual and/or other forms
  • Selection and control of materials, media and processes
  • Personal vision and presentation

Examinations

All candidates take two components: Component 1 and one of Components 2, 3 or 4.

Available options:

  • Option A – Component 1 and Component 2
  • Option B – Component 1 and Component 3
  • Option C – Component 1 and Component 4

All candidates must take:

Component 1

This is a broad-based assignment which leads to a controlled assessment. This assignment has an unlimited preparatory period but ends with an 8 hour controlled assessment which is worth 50% of the final grade.

And either:

Component 2

This is a design-based assignment which leads to a controlled assessment. This assignment has an unlimited preparatory period but ends with an 8 hour controlled assessment which is worth 50% of the final grade.

Or

Component 3

This is a critical and historical assignment whereby candidates must produce a folder of 1500–2000 words with illustrative material (maximum size A2). This assignment is worth 50% of the final grade.

Or

Component 4

This is a coursework assignment whereby candidates must produce a supporting portfolio. This can be up to four sheets (eight sides) of A2.  They must also produce a final outcome piece of work (maximum size A2) in their chosen medium. This assignment is worth 50% of the final grade.

Further Information

For more information regarding this course please speak to Mrs Bøgh or visit:

 http://www.cie.org.uk/programmes-and-qualifications/cambridge-igcse-art-and-design-0400/