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IGCSE Art & Design

Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites for this course, however it is highly recommended that students have undertaken Grade 7 and 8 Visual Arts.

Course Description and Aims

The syllabus aims summarise the context in which you should view the syllabus content and describe the purposes of a course based on this syllabus. They are not listed in order of priority.

The aims are to enable learners 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.

Content

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 Centres can play to their strengths in terms of staff, expertise and interests.

The broad areas of study are:

  • painting and related media.
  • printmaking.
  • three-dimensional studies.
  • photography, digital and lens-based media.
  • graphic communication.
  • textile design.


Assessment

All candidates take two components. All candidates take Component 1 and choose either Component 2 or Component 3 or Component 4.

Available options:

Option A – Component 1 and Component 2

Option B – Component 1 and Component 3

Option C – Component 1 and Component 4

All candidates take:

and either:

Component 1

Broad-based assignment 50%

100 marks


Unlimited preparatory period during which time candidates produce supporting studies (up to two sheets, maximum size A2) in advance of the eight-hour examination (maximum size A2)

Externally assessed

Component 2

Design-based assignment 50%

100 marks


Unlimited preparatory period during which time candidates produce supporting studies (up to two sheets, maximum size A2) in advance of the eight-hour examination (maximum size A2)


Externally assessed

or:

Component 3

Critical and historical assignment 50% 100 marks

Candidates produce a folder of 1500–2000 words with illustrative material (maximum size A2)


Externally assessed

or:

Component 4

Coursework assignment 50%

100 marks

Candidates produce a portfolio of up to four sheets (eight sides, maximum size A2) and a final outcome (maximum size A2)

Internally assessed by teachers and externally moderated