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* In part (b) you might be asked to design a sculpture for your school or some other


public space. What you think the sculpture is about or how it might be lit at night are among the topics from the second part of the question.


Design for stage sets or live performances


There has been a question on this topic in five of the last ten years. Plays in theatres, performances, live bands and street festivals have all come up in this question.


This is usually a two-part question. You must answer (a) and (b).


* In part (a) you describe and discuss the performance under headings. Set design,


scenery, colour, light, costumes, make-up or all the visual elements of a production can be looked for.


* In part (b) you may be asked to design a set for a play or concert, or explain why you found


the production memorable using examples of the visual qualities that stood out for you.


Interior design


Interior design has come up in five of the last ten years. Designing a space for a purpose, like an artist’s studio, a teenager’s bedroom, a place to play music or carry out a hobby, has been the focus of questions in the past.


This is usually a two-part question. You must answer (a) and (b).


* In part (a) you are asked to describe and discuss a possible design for the space in the


question using headings like function, layout, light, colour, floor space, storage and furnishings.


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* In part (b) you might be asked to sketch a plan or describe the furniture and fittings you


would like to use in your design.


Less frequent questions These come up from time to time. Fashion, craft design, hairstyles, photography or almost any design topic is possible. The examiners rely on your knowledge of basic design principles to answer the question.


Marking schemes


Marking schemes vary a lot from year to year and it can be difficult to predict exactly where the marks will be awarded just by reading the question.


We will look at one Higher Level example and one Ordinary Level example from the 2016 papers.


Higher Level


Q1. ‘By developing skills of working in gold, Bronze Age artists and craft workers ushered in a new period of culture and development in Ireland.’


Discuss this statement with reference to two named artefacts from this period. In your answer, describe and discuss form, function, materials used and decorative techniques.


and


Briefly describe and discuss where and how Bronze Age people in Ireland acquired the metals needed for their artefacts.


Illustrate your answer.


PREPARING FOR THE WRITTEN EXAM


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