KS4 Art and Design

Staff at Lostock Hall Academy have designed an exciting, personalised course for students who opt for Art and Design. Our themes are wide allowing students to create their own individual project based upon their own interests. At the end of the course students achievements are celebrated at their own exhibition.

The first project is titled ‘Image and Identity’ and students are encouraged to explore what the title means to them, before picking their own theme. As part of the course, students visit the Tate Liverpool and the Walker Art Gallery to learn from artists who have worked with the techniques and themes.



For the second project the students gain more freedom and are able to choose from four past exam questions. The titles are Pattern and Decoration, Interiors and Exteriors, Fantastic and Strange and Marine Life and Animals.



As candidates are entered into the Art, Craft and Design Course, their portfolio must include at least two areas of study;

- Fine Art: (drawing, painting, mixed media, printmaking)

- Graphic Communication: (illustration, computer graphics, advertising, video)

- Textile Design: (fashion and costume, constructed / stitched fabrics, printed fabrics)

- Three Dimensional Design: (ceramics, sculpture, product design)

- Photography: (lens based, digital)

- Historical/Contextual Studies


KS4 Assessment

The course is divided into two components.

Component 1 is a portfolio of work and is 60% of their final mark. The portfolio contains the majority of art work completed in class and for homework from the start of Year 10 to Christmas of Year 11. It contains the Image and Identity project, their own choice of 2nd project and any additional work.

Component 2 is an externally set assignment and is 40% of their final mark. The project titles are set by the AQA exam board and students have approximately 8 weeks to complete a project. They will produce a final piece unaided in an invigilated room.

Both Unit 1 and 2 have the same assessment criteria. There are 4 Assessment objectives, each being worth 20 marks.

AO1 Development of ideas, analytical and cultural understanding Annotation of your drawings, written comments about the work of other artists or work you have created in the style of other Artists.

AO2 Experimentation and development

Experimenting with a variety of materials, developing your work into designs for a final piece.

AO3 Recording ideas and observations

Ideas and insights about the theme, observational drawings and photographs.

AO4 Personal response

Your final piece based on the work you have done in your sketchbook.


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