Art and Design

“Art is your human right” – Bob and Roberta Smith, British contemporary artist, writer, musician and art education advocate

The GCSE in art, craft and design aims to provide challenging and engaging learning experiences that will encourage students to develop their artistic practice whilst also exploring their own imagination, creativity and personal beliefs.

Through a focus on creative endeavour as a whole, all aspects of visual art will be open to you to explore. From the traditional fine art techniques of painting, drawing and printmaking, to 3D design and sculpture, graphics, illustration, textiles, photography and digital artwork.
You will also be encouraged to observe the work of both historical and contemporary artists, craftspeople and designers, becoming confident in your appreciation and analysis of such works and the role they play in the world around us.  Topics covered are student led and open to enquiry with an emphasis on self-expression.

Course content

The WJEC Eduqas GCSE in Art and Design (Art, Craft and Design) consists of two components.

Component 1

The Portfolio. This is all artwork produced throughout the course and includes work in at least two of these areas:
• Fine art
• Graphic communication
• Textile design
• Three-dimensional design
• Photography
• Critical and contextual studies

Component 2

The externally set assignment. This includes a period of time to produce preparatory work before undertaking a final 10 hour exam.

Skills developed

In addition to the technical skills developed through the use of various art, craft and design materials in both two- and three-dimensions, it is expected that students will also:

• Develop creative, imaginative and intuitive capabilities when exploring and making
• Become confident in taking risks and learning from experience
• Develop and refine ideas and personal outcomes with independence
• Develop critical understanding through experimental, practical and expressive skills
• Demonstrate safe working practices in art, craft and design


Description Length Percentage Comment
Component 1: Portfolio Full course 60% All artwork produced
Component 2: Externally Set Assignment 10 hour exam plus preparatory period 40% Exam paper available in January of Year 11


The study of art, craft and design can lead you into any sector within the Creative Industries as a whole, and isn’t limited to artists, craftspeople and designers.

Creative pathways can include:

  • Design and designer fashion
  • Architecture
  • Advertising and marketing
  • Publishing
  • Film
  • TV
  • Radio
  • Video and photography
  • Gaming
  • Music
  • Performing and visual arts
  • Arts and crafts