GCSE Art and Design at EBN Academy endeavours to provide students with a wide range of creative, exciting and stimulating opportunities to explore their interests in ways that are both personally relevant and developmental in nature. The AQA two unit specification enables students to develop their ability to actively engage in the processes of Art and Design – to build creative skills through learning and doing, to develop imaginative and intuitive ways of working and develop knowledge and understanding of media, materials and technologies in historical and contemporary contexts, societies and cultures. Students at the Academy study the Fine Art endorsement and Candidates produce practical and critical/contextual work in one or more area(s) including drawing and painting, mixed media, printmaking, animation, and photography. Students work from observation, experience and imagination, on practical projects in which they will learn to think creatively and develop their skills using different media, techniques and processes including multimedia. In addition to lessons, opportunities exist to work with visiting artists. The course is broken down into 2 Assessment units; Assessment is by Unit 1: Portfolio of Work (Controlled Assessment) 60 per cent and Unit 2: Externally Set Task 40 per cent which includes a 10 hour exam. It is a strong foundation for further progression to Art and Design related courses such as A-level Art and Design and enhanced vocational and career pathways