GCSE Art, Craft and Design: Other endorsements you may wish to study

Photography

Photography is defined 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 undertaking the photography title are required to demonstrate their knowledge, skills and understanding through areas of study relevant to their chosen title. Areas of study include:

• Documentary photography

• Photo-journalism

• Studio photography

• Location photography

• Experimental imagery

• Installation

• Moving image: film, video and animation.

Work is not limited to one area of study.

 

Graphic Communication

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

Students undertaking the graphic communication title are required to demonstrate their knowledge, skills and understanding through areas of study relevant to their chosen title. Areas of study include:

• Advertising

• Communication graphics

• Design for print

• Illustration

• Interactive design (including web, app and game)

• Multi-media

• Package design

• Signage

• Typography.

Work is not limited to one area of study.

Textiles

Textiles are defined as the creation of designs and products for woven, knitted, stitched or printed fabrics and involves an understanding of fibres, yarns and fabrics.

Students undertaking the textile design title are required to demonstrate their knowledge, skills and understanding through areas of study relevant to their chosen title. Areas of study include:

• Constructed textiles

• Digital textiles

• Dyed fabrics

• Printed fabrics

• Fashion design

• Installed textiles

• Soft furnishings

• Stitched and/or embellished textiles.

Work is not limited to one area of study.

As with Art and Design, students will need to produce a portfolio of work which supports their Final Piece, the outcome of their studies. There is a written element to the course so students should be prepared to analyse and evaluate their own work, and those of the photographers, designers and artists they study. The exam board places emphasis on basic drawings skills (such as creating small sketches, studies and storyboards to illustrate ideas) which must be demonstrated for all endorsements. Some lessons (studio lessons) will be taught with other Art and Design students, with specific subject lessons for individual endorsements.