Art & Design

Course Aims and Content
The IGCSE course aims to introduce pupils to a wide range of traditional drawing and painting techniques as well as contemporary approaches to art, including abstraction. Pupils should be willing to take risks and have an open-minded approach to learning. Year 10 is divided into two Units: Recording and Creative Process. These are expertly designed to cover a wide range of technical and creative skills, as well as prepare pupils for the external assessments in Year 11.

External Assessment
The course is assessed via a student portfolio at work (50%) and an externally set examination (50%). For the exam, students receive a brief in January of Year 11 and are then supported through preparatory work before completing a ten-hour timed test under exam conditions.

The Dulwich Advantage
The art department, which consists of three large purpose-built and well- equipped studios, is run by teaching specialists with skills in painting, graphic design, photography, sculpture and textiles, allowing students to create work in a wide range of techniques and materials. The studios are open to art students under supervision during lunchtimes, as well as by appointment after school. Support is also provided to Year 13 pupils in the completion of portfolios for university and art college application. Current CCAs include photography and art and design history. The academic year culminates with a high profile exhibition in a purpose-built gallery of some of the year’s best work.