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Year 9 Options » Art and Design

Art and Design

Key Information

Examination Board Cambridge International Examinations
Syllabus Code  0400


The Art and Design course encourages students to cultivate an ability to think and respond more independently to their understanding of other’s practice, to the world around them so they can develop ideas into personal responses.  Students will be given the opportunity to explore a range of 2D and 3D traditional and modern media from painting, drawing, printmaking, relief, sculpture, graphics, and photography to using Photoshop.

Selecting IGCSE Art and Design as a subject should be a choice that might aid a student’s future aspirations or simply something they enjoy to do that is less academic. But IGCSE Art and Design is a commitment and it is highly recommended that student’s should have the ability to achieve a Level 7 or above by the end of Year 9.

Course Content

The IGCSE course is structured into two Components, Component 4 the Coursework Assignment and Component 1 the Broad based Assignment or exam. Both Components have an equal weighting of 50% each. The Coursework Assignment is assessed internally and then moderated by Cambridge, whereas the exam is assessed by Cambridge.

The Component 4 Coursework Assignment begins in Term 1 in Year 10 and will finish by the end Term 1 in Year 11, allowing students to develop their own work around themes set by the department (recent themes have included My Environment, Marine life, Abstraction, and Natural and Man-made). Usually there will be two different themed projects. At the end of the coursework assignment in Term 1, Year 11 students will have a mock exam, this will constitute as part of their coursework, but it will help them to prepare for the real exam in the following year.

The Component 1 Broad Based Assignment or Exam begins in January of Year 11 and finishes in April with an 8 hour timed and supervised exam. Students will have the months from January to April as preparation time, allowing them to research, record and develop ideas, producing their final outcome in the exam in April. The end of the exam is the end of the IGCSE Art and Design course.


Both a student’s coursework and exam will be judged, marked and graded against Cambridge’s own assessment objectives, as shown below.  Each assessment objective is worth a maximum of 20 marks, so a score out of a total of 100 marks will be awarded and then converted into a grade. The coursework and exam are assessed separately.

AO1 Gathering, recording, research and investigation 20%

AO2 Exploration and development of ideas 20%

AO3 Organisation and relationships of visual and/or other forms 20%

AO4 Selection and control of materials, media and processes 20%

AO5 Personal vision and presentation 20%


Careers and Progression

The study of Art and Design can lead to many different careers; Illustrator, Artist, Architect, Graphic Designer, Print maker, Photographer, Web designer, Animator, Ceramic designer, Furniture designer, Glass blower, Heritage manager, Jewelry designer, make-up artist, Medical illustrator,  Textile designer, TV and Theatre Set design, Art Therapist, Fashion Design, Interior Design, Product Design, Computer Game Designer, Art Director, Community arts worker, Exhibition Curator, Teaching and many others.


For more information, contact Mr Pitman