About this course

IGCSE Art & Design - Fine Art online course

The iGCSE in Art and Design, Fine Art aims to support student development of a unique creative response through engagement with sustained and independent enquiry on this 100% online course. Students can choose to focus on drawing, lens/light-based media, mixed-media, printing, painting, or sculpture to explore an idea, convey an experience, or respond to a theme. Fine Art is often defined as a counterbalance to craft or work produced in the creative industries. It creates opportunities to communicate aesthetic, intellectual or purely conceptual ideas and meaning.

Students will demonstrate an understanding and application of the formal elements and principles of art and design in their artmaking which can be the outcome of personal experience alongside response to observation in new and unique ways. This course supports the development of students’ verbal, written and visual communication skills, encouraging a personal response by stimulating imagination, sensitivity, and conceptual thinking. Students will have the opportunity to demonstrate critical thinking and communicate for different purposes, expressing their opinions, persuading others, discussing ideas, and debating real-world issues. Students will gain contextual knowledge by understanding historical and contemporary art, craft, and design practice from different cultures, to demonstrate an understanding of continuity and change in fine art.

Students will:

  1. Undertake visual research, using primary and secondary sources, and record observations, experiences, and ideas
  2. Develop and realise ideas, exploring and reviewing possible solutions and modifying work
  3. Use a range of materials, equipment, processes, and techniques in 2D and/or 3D, using ICT and technology
  4. Know and understand a range of work, from contemporary practice, past practice, and different cultures, to demonstrate an understanding of continuity and change in art, craft, and design.

Students will explore:

  • The use of formal elements and visual communication through a variety of approaches
  • The use of observational skills to record from sources and communicate ideas
  • Characteristics of media and materials such as wet and dry, malleable, resistant, and digital
  • Properties of colour and light such as hue, tint, saturation, and tone
  • The effects and creative potential of combining and manipulating different two-dimensional and three-dimensional materials and media
  • The use of digital and/or non-digital applications.

Teachers make use of the webcam feature and their document camera each week to guide students through various skills and techniques. The completed pieces of art that are produced by the students are shared digitally for viewing and feedback. Students will be required to keep their cameras on to view the progress of work during practical studio time so that assessors can moderate and authenticate. Component 2 includes the externally set assignment under 10-hours of exam conditions. This will likewise be delivered 100% online under exam conditions split into two date-stamped and authenticated 5-hour invigilated sessions.

To be eligible for this qualification you must follow these rules. If you do not, you risk disqualification or your teacher not being able to authenticate your project. If your teacher cannot authenticate your work, it won’t be submitted for the qualification.

  1. You must come to lessons live; you cannot be a library learner. The minimum is 20% for each Component.
  2. You must turn your camera on during live explore lessons and show your work develop on camera. The minimum is 20% for each Component.
  3. You must submit your work for Summative Assignments so your teacher can verify work seen on camera with work completed in your portfolio and to give you guidance. There are two summative assignments per Component.
  4. If you complete significant work outside of lesson time, you need to submit progress photos or video for verification.
  5. In January of Year 11, you must register, pay for, and then attend the Year 11 exam to complete Component 2 following all exam rules. This includes signing both the candidate declaration and parent/guardian declaration forms.
  6. You must complete and sign the official authentication form for each Component. Your teacher can only sign this if they are confident that they can authenticate your work.
  7. If you have work from a previous setting from another GCSE level qualification, you are responsible for obtaining an authentication document to verify it as your own. It can be used for Component 1 only if appropriate, and must still be verified by comparison with your work completed at King’s InterHigh.
Key information
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International GCSE
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2 years
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Online, real-time classrooms, 24/7 access to curriculum
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100% online course
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Pupils can choose additional subjects including IGCSE Art & Design Fine Art for an added fee per subject. View Fees.
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