Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment
CCEA Curriculum Monitoring Programme 2018-19

GCSE Art & Design

For first teaching from September 2017
A guide to changes in GCSE Grading

Our GCSE Art and Design specification develops studentsí understanding of how meanings, ideas and intentions can be communicated through visual and tactile language. Students learn how to use different media and technologies to realise their intentions. They develop their understanding of the creative and cultural industries, and refine their work through experimentation.

By studying this revised specification, students become critical thinkers with enquiring minds and increase their confidence in taking artistic risks. The course features a renewed focus on drawing, emphasising that it is an essential part of the creative process in all art, craft and design disciplines.

As well as exploring many artistic skills and processes, students develop their knowledge and understanding of historical and contemporary contexts, societies and cultures. The broad and flexible content gives students the freedom to pursue a range of creative pathways.

Specification and Specimen Assessment Materials

Our GCSE in Art and Design is a linear qualification: students take all the assessment at the end of the course.

The specification has two components:

  • Component 1
    - Part A: Exploratory Portfolio
    - Part B: Investigating the Creative and Cultural Industries
  • Component 2: Externally Set Assignment.

(PDF), Last Updated: 27 September 2019

Specification (Irish-Medium)
(PDF), Last Updated: 10 October 2017
Specification (Irish-Medium)

Related Circulars

Further information on the use of eCandidate Record Sheets in 2019 (S/IF/41/18)
(PDF), Last Updated: 30 August 2018

Expansion of eCRS to Include Visiting Moderated Units/Components (S/IF/34/18)
(PDF), Last Updated: 18 June 2018

GCE and GCSE Art and Design Visiting Moderation - Summer 2019 S/IF/32/19
(PDF), Last Updated: 30 April 2019

Instructions to Teachers: December 2018 Uploads (S/IF/73/18)
(PDF), Last Updated: 18 December 2018

Specimen Assessment Materials

Specimen Assessment Materials
(PDF), Last Updated: 15 June 2017

Speciman Assessment Materials (Irish-Medium)
(PDF), Last Updated: 16 October 2017

Pre-Release Material

View Pre-Release Material

Controlled Assessment

In this specification both Component 1 and Component 2 are controlled assessment components. These include tasks such as producing a portfolio of experimental work and developing ideas in response to a stimulus paper.

Component 2: Externally Set Assignment (Summer 2019) Mark Scheme
(PDF), Last Updated: 12 April 2019


eCandidate Record Sheet FAQs - Summer 2019
(PDF), Last Updated: 14 November 2018

eCandidate Record Sheet Presentation - Summer 2019
(PDF), Last Updated: 14 November 2018

Fact File: Acrylic Paint Characteristics
(PDF), Last Updated: 27 October 2017

Fact File: Design Process
(PDF), Last Updated: 15 January 2018

Fact File: Drawing Techniques
(PDF), Last Updated: 10 October 2017

Fact File: The Colour Wheel and Colour Mixing
(PDF), Last Updated: 29 September 2017

Fact File: Watercolours
(PDF), Last Updated: 10 October 2017

GCSE Art and Design Assessment matrix Component 1
(PDF), Last Updated: 05 October 2019

GCSE Art and Design Assessment matrix Component 2
(PDF), Last Updated: 05 October 2019

Instructions to Teachers Summer 2019
(PDF), Last Updated: 18 December 2018

Planning Framework
(DOCX), Last Updated: 15 June 2017

(PDF), Last Updated: 15 June 2017

Student Guide
(PDF), Last Updated: 15 June 2017

True Colours Nomination Form
(PDF), Last Updated: 06 June 2019