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Art & Design

The Department of Art and Design aims to provide students with an enjoyable experience that develops their interest in the visual world, culture and the creative process. They will develop skills which they will use in everyday life. They will use traditional media and industry standard software as the department prepares them for the world of work.

The aim is to develop students understanding of the language of aesthetics and to comprehend the nature and function of art forms when designing, as well as within a historical context and within their own environment and culture.

• To provide an inspiring environment to enable students to develop their creativity.
• To develop students’ ability to work independently through a focused use of sketchbooks.
• To provide a contemporary Art & Design Education, where students are able to develop their ideas using new technologies.
• To teach traditional skills in the use of materials to enable students to express their ideas with confidence.
• To develop visual language through the teaching of recording skills, including observational drawing.
• To foster team work where children learn through the co-operation with each other in group work and to develop their ability to make decisions and work through problems in a sequential and coherent way.
• Students will be provided with a varied programme that will enable them to work in two and three dimensions. Their successes will be celebrated through the display of work.
• Students will develop technical skills in the use and manipulation of materials within the frame work of a basically thematic approach. Themes include personal identity and students’ relationship with the world, this will enable them to gain an understanding of other cultures and as well as their own environment.

What will I study in Art?

Year 7

You will take part in activities to build up basic skills in the use of line, texture, tone and colour and will experience a wide range of media. You will be provided with a sketchbook which will be used for both class work and homework tasks. Themes you will study in year 7 include: self portraits, food and a cultural project. Homework is set regularly to enable you to practise skills learnt in class. In addition to developing drawing and painting skills, you will have the opportunity to work in three dimensions, including clay.

Year 8

You will explore pattern through printmaking and have the opportunity to work in three dimensions. Themes in year 8 include looking at the different creative careers that are available. There is also a unit where you will study insects in the natural world, with consideration to symmetry and further development of work from other cultures.

Throughout the year you get the opportunity to experience elements of graphic design and photography, which will allow you to make an informed choice when it comes to options.


GCSE - Years 9-11

The department offers three very different courses, Art & Design, Graphics and Photography. Each of the courses are very different dealing with different disciplines within art & design.

GCSE Art & Design

Exam Board

Eduqas

Course Description

During the course students will produce a portfolio of work.  They will develop ideas in a sketchbook and will experience a wide range of media in two and three dimensions. Students will look at the work of artists, craftspeople and designers. There will be visits to galleries or other locations of interest to collect information for creative work.

This is a broad course that allows students to experience a wide range of artistic experiences which include Fine Art- drawing and painting and print, textile design, 3D design, graphic and photography.

Typical Activities

Students will be provided with a theme, which they will research through observational drawing and photography. They will need to research and analyse the work of relevant artists to inform their ideas. They will produce design development boards as they explore their ideas in a wide range of media. Final pieces will be created in the different specialist areas of the course.

Assessment Details

Students are provided with regular feedback on their portfolio development, through tutorials and notes in their sketchbook. Their work will need to reflect the four assessment objectives which carry equal marks. The assessment objectives are:- AO1 Critical understanding, AO2 Creative making, AO3 Reflective recording, AO4 Personal presentation.

How the course is assessed:

Portfolio of coursework 60% of marks

Externally Set Task set by exam boards 40% of marks.

Homework

From the beginning of the course students will be developing their portfolios, this will include short  tasks as well as completing extended pieces of work. Typical homework might include drawing from observation, researching artists, craftspeople and designers, taking photographs and completing work  which has been set in class.

Reasons for choosing this subject

This is an enjoyable course in which students will experience a wide range of media and techniques in the different specialist areas. It provides opportunity to be creative and be experimental. There is nothing more satisfying than developing and creating a completed piece of art work.

Possible careers

Artist or designer, fashion or textiles designer, interior designer, architect, graphic designer, crafts person- ceramics or product designer, film maker, animator, hair dresser, gallery or museum curator, photographer. 

 

GCSE Graphics

Exam Board

Eduqas

Course Description

During the course students will produce a portfolio of work.  They will develop ideas in a sketchbook and will experience a wide range of media  including ICT.  The work of graphic designers will inspire new ideas and responses. The use of drawing and photography are important elements in the development of the creative process.

Typical Activities

Students will develop coursework around a theme, they will create  graphic design work both hand drawn and digital. They will design  logos develop skills in typography and create professional looking products. Typical projects will include, designing a magazine, looking at advertising and packaging.

The beginning of the course is very much teacher directed but as the coursework develops students are able to develop a more personal approach to their work. 

Assessment Details

Students are provided with regular feedback on their portfolio development, through tutorials and notes in their sketchbook. Their work will need to reflect the four assessment objectives which carry equal marks. The assessment objectives are:- AO1 Critical understanding, AO2 Creative making, AO3 Reflective recording, AO4 Personal presentation.

How the course is assessed:

Portfolio of coursework 60% of marks. This is produced throughout the course.

An externally set task arranged by exam boards worth 40% of marks.  Students will have approximately an eight week preparation period and followed by a 10 hour controlled test.

Homework

From the beginning of the course students will be developing their portfolios, this will include short  tasks as well as completing extended pieces of work. Typical homework might include drawing from observation, researching artists, craftspeople and designers, taking photographs and completing work  which has been set in class.

Reasons for choosing this subject

This is an enjoyable course in which students will experience a wide range of media and techniques in the different specialist areas. It provides opportunity to be creative and be experimental. There is nothing more satisfying than developing and creating a completed piece of art work.

Possible careers

Artist or designer, fashion or textiles designer, interior designer, architect, graphic designer, crafts person- ceramics or product designer, film maker, animator, hair dresser, gallery or museum curator, photographer. 

 

GCSE Photography

Exam Board

Eduqas

Course Description

During the course students will produce a portfolio of work.  They will develop ideas in a sketchbook and creatively explore the use of photography. The analysis of the work of photographers is an essential element, as they begin to interpret images  for their deeper meaning.

There will be visits to galleries or other locations of interest to collect information for creative work.

Typical Activities

Students will experience working in a studio taking photographs, develop skills in Photoshop as well as being out photographing on  location . They   will learn about photographer,s their ideas and techniques.

The beginning of the course is very much teacher directed but as the coursework  develops students are able to develop a more personal approach. 

Assessment Details

Students are provided with regular feedback on their portfolio development, through tutorials and notes in their sketchbook. Their work will need to reflect the four assessment objectives which carry equal marks. The assessment objectives are:- AO1 Critical understanding, AO2 Creative making, AO3 Reflective recording, AO4 Personal presentation.

How the course is assessed:

Portfolio of coursework 60% of marks. This is produced throughout the course.

An externally set task arranged by exam boards worth 40% of marks.  Students will have approximately an eight week preparation period and followed by a 10 hour controlled test.

Homework

From the beginning of the course students will be developing their portfolios, this will include short tasks as well as completing extended pieces of work. Typical homework might include drawing from observation, researching artists, craftspeople and designers, taking photographs and completing work  which has been set in class.

Reasons for choosing this subject

This is an enjoyable course in which students will experience a wide range of media and techniques in the different specialist areas. It provides opportunity to be creative and be experimental. There is nothing more satisfying than developing and creating a completed piece of art work.

Possible careers

Artist or designer, fashion or textiles designer, interior designer, architect, graphic designer, crafts person- ceramics or product designer, film maker, animator, hair dresser, gallery or museum curator, photographer.