Students who follow the OCR GCSE Art, Craft & Design or the Photography syllabus are awarded marks through the collective assessment of a portfolio, where the students’ best work is selected for presentation (60%) and an externally set examination project, where students choose from a range of starting points provided by the exam board (40%).
In both Art, Craft & Design and Photography, students are encouraged to extend skills to refine the quality of their outcomes as they develop ideas towards a more personal outcome. Researching the work of other artists, designers and photographers is encouraged throughout the course to inform the underlying meaning of the students’ work. Projects will take on different directions as the student considers what they are trying to ‘say’ through their artwork.
Study visits to galleries, surrounding areas and a local college are put in place to support. A mock exam will take place in year 10 and 11 to familiarise the students with the process and the time constraints.