iGCSE The Arts
GCSE art subjects are designed to help students develop their creative and artistic skills and knowledge. These subjects offer students the opportunity to explore a range of media and techniques, as well as to develop their own personal artistic style. Overall, the goal of GCSE art subjects is to help students become confident and skilled artists who are able to express themselves creatively and to communicate effectively through visual media.
The Cambridge IGCSE Art & Design syllabus aims to encourage a personal response by stimulating imagination, sensitivity, conceptual thinking, powers of observation and analytical ability. Learners gain confidence and enthusiasm as they develop technical skills in two- and three-dimensional form and composition, and are able to identify and solve problems in visual and tactile forms.
They also learn how to develop ideas from initial attempts to final solutions. An ideal foundation for further study, Cambridge IGCSE Art & Design also develops a greater awareness of the role played by the visual arts in society and in history, broadening cultural horizons and individual experience.
The aims describe the purposes of a course based on this syllabus.
The aims are to enable students to develop:
- an ability to record from direct observation and personal experience
- an ability to identify and solve problems in visual and/or other forms
- creativity, visual awareness, critical and cultural understanding
- an imaginative, creative and personal response
- confidence, enthusiasm and a sense of achievement in the practice of art and design
- growing independence in the refinement and development of ideas and personal outcomes
- engagement and experimentation with a range of media, materials and techniques, including new media and technologies, where appropriate
- experience of working in relevant frameworks and exploration of manipulative skills necessary to form, compose and communicate in two and/or three dimensions
- a working vocabulary relevant to the subject and an interest in, and a critical awareness of, other practitioners, environments and cultures
- investigative, analytical, experimental, interpretative, practical, technical and expressive skills which aid effective and independent learning.
Cambridge IGCSE Art & Design has been designed to offer a broad choice of media and approaches so that candidates can produce a personal response and schools can play to their strengths in terms of staff expertise and interests.
The broad areas of study are:
- painting and related media
- print making
- three-dimensional design
- photography, digital and lens-based media
- graphic communication
- textiles and fashion.
Candidates can respond to either component using any of the media above.
- Coursework 50%
- 100 marks
- Candidates research, develop and realise a project from one area of study in the subject content from a theme set by the teacher.
- There are two parts to the coursework:
- a portfolio and
- a final outcome.
- Externally assessed
Component 2 (8 hours)
- Externally Set Assignment 50%
- 100 marks
- Candidates respond to one starting point set by Cambridge International. Candidates may produce work from the same area of study as Component 1, but they do not have to.
- There are two parts to the assignment:
- supporting studies and
- a final outcome, produced during a supervised test of 8 hours’ total duration.
- Externally assessed
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