The FET Visual Arts course is a study of creative practices that involve the hand, the eye, the intelligence and the imagination in conceptualizing and creating two-dimensional and three-dimensional objects and / or environments which reflect the aesthetic, conceptual and expressive concerns of the student. The FET Art student will have many career opportunities available when he/she has completed the NSC, e.g. photography, advertising, publishing, architecture, typography, illustration, Fashion design, interior design, product design, industrial design, jewellery design, graphic design, Layout artist, display artist, drafting, special effects, animation, set design and manufacture. Ceramics, multi-media design, painting puppetry etc.
Visual Art also provides an important opportunity for the development of creative resources and critical skills which will add value to any further learning path , whether in the arts, humanities, sciences, commerce or engineering. National Senior Certificate Requirements: Theory Practical Portfolio
Please note that the Curriculum Assessment Policy Statement for Visual Art for 2014 is more specific and directive than previous curriculum statements have been. Teaching is divided onto 3 areas and mark allocations and the amount of time allocated for each of the 3 components is very specific with a carefully constructed year long programme. The emphasis on conceptual work, the teaching of visual literacy and the work required from learners in their Visual diaries is much stronger than previously required. Every practical project the learner does must compromise a conceptual section worth 50% of the mark allocation. So in essence Grade 10 is a replica of Grade 12 where methodology is concerned.
The learner explores visual and written material which assists the learner to understand concepts and approach diary-making, which are essential requirements for Grade 12 portfolio assessments. The IEB has also changed the Art Theory Assessment mark from 150 to 100 marks for the final 3 hour Grade 12 paper. Much of the CAPS in visual art has already been implemented in the Grade 10 syllabus at PCS. The conceptual process in the visual diaries is a vital part of the creative process and is required in every major assignment.
The CAPS requires that visual art be divided onto 3 areas:
- Conceptual 30%
- Art – Making Process 40%
- Visual Culture ( History of art ) 30% ( Out of 6 themes, 5 must be chosen )
Here are a few examples:
- Art Civilizations of the Ancient World
- Art of Classical Culture in the Western World