Art and Design

Art and Design is an important part of the all-round education of young people. It provides them with unique ways of expressing their feelings and ideas about the world in which they live. The study of Art and Design enables pupils to understand a variety of cultures and contextual links relating to historical events.

The Art and Design Department employs a range of strategies, technologies and sources to enhance pupils’ learning experiences. We pride ourselves on working closely with each pupil, helping him/her to engage and to prosper in this subject.

SPECIFIC AIMS OF THE DEPARTMENT

The Art and Design Department aims to:

  • develop pupils’ visual vocabulary and language through discussion and evaluation;
  • nurture pupils’ intellectual growth and sensitivity to visual phenomena;
  • develop pupils’ ability to use the aesthetic language of creative expression through the combined use of the formal and thematic elements within a visual vocabulary;
  • encourage pupils’ historical, cultural and critical appreciation within the ideology of modernism and a social historical critique;
  • heighten pupils’ awareness of and respect for both natural and man-made environments; and
  • employ a range of strategies, sources and technologies to enhance the learning experience of pupils.

OVERVIEW OF KEY STAGE 3 CURRICULUM

At Key Stage 3, Art and Design is delivered over two lessons per fortnight.

YEAR 8 CURRICULUM

In Year 8, pupils study the following topics:

  • Myself
  • My Treasured Possession
  • Portraiture
  • Ceramics
  • Printmaking
  • Painting
  • Drawing
  • Graphic Media

YEAR 9 CURRICULUM

In Year 9, pupils study the following topics:

  • Made Object
  • Communication
  • 2D and 3D Media
  • Textiles
  • Drawing
  • Graphic Media

YEAR 10 CURRICULUM

In Year 10, pupils study the following topics:

  • Culture Expressed through Architecture
  • Perspective
  • Still Life
  • Ceramics
  • Graphic Media
  • Careers Using Art and Design

OVERVIEW OF KEY STAGE 4 CURRICULUM

At Key Stage 4, the Art and Design Department offers Art and Design at GCSE Level. Pupils follow the CCEA specification. Art and Design is delivered over six lessons per fortnight.

Unit 1: The Core Portfolio - Controlled Assessment (60%)

This unit aims to engage pupils in a critical, practical and theoretical study of Art and Design. Pupils should develop an appreciation of the work of artists, designers and craft workers from a range of cultural backgrounds, as well as developing their own artistic practice.

In this unit, pupils are required to present a portfolio of work in which they explore a wide range of the core skills of visual language, media, materials, techniques and new technology. The portfolio presented for assessment should not exceed 20 A2 sheets (or equivalent).

This unit is assessed in the form of Controlled Assessment. Pupils will have 45 hours to complete the assessment for this unit. Assessment of this unit will take place during Term 3 in Year 12. Pupils’ work in this unit will be internally assessed and externally moderated.

Unit 2: Working to a Stimulus (40%)

This unit aims to give pupils an opportunity to investigate and develop their ideas creatively in response to a stimulus paper. In this unit, pupils are required to present their completed work for assessment. This should not exceed 10 A2 sheets (or equivalent) plus a final outcome.

This unit is assessed in the form of a portfolio of work and 2D or 3D final outcome. Pupils will have approximately 8 weeks to complete the work for this unit. Assessment of this unit will take place during Term 3 in Year 12. Pupils’ work in this unit will be internally assessed and externally moderated.

OVERVIEW OF KEY STAGE 5 CURRICULUM

At Key Stage 5, the Art and Design Department offers Art and Design at AS and A2 Level. Students follow the CCEA specification. At AS and A2 Level, Art and Design is delivered over ten periods per fortnight.

At AS Level, students must successfully complete two units. A further two modules must be successfully completed at A2 Level.

AS ART AND DESIGN

Unit 1: Coursework Portfolio (60%)

This unit aims to develop students’ interest in and enthusiasm for Art, Craft and Design. Through this unit, students’ knowledge and understanding of Art, Craft, Design and Media (including technologies) in contemporary and past cultures should increase. This unit provides students with opportunities to gain experience in working in a broad range of media (including traditional and new media and technologies) and develop their awareness of different roles, functions, audiences and consumers of Art, Craft and Design practice.

In this unit, students are required to base their work around a theme and subject matter developed from a personal starting point. This provides an opportunity for students to freely demonstrate and communicate artistic interests, visual curiosity, creativity and personal skills in Art, Craft and Design. The final presentation should reflect each student’s enjoyment and broad learning experience of Art and Design at this level.

This unit is assessed in the form of a portfolio of work. Students will have from September to February to complete the portfolio of work for this unit.

Assessment of this unit will take place at the end of Year 13. Students’ work in this unit will be internally assessed and externally moderated.

Unit 2: Externally Set Assignment (40%)

This unit aims to draw together the knowledge, understanding and skills students have acquired during the AS course. Students will select and present for examination work that demonstrates their strengths across the areas of knowledge and their range of skills. Students must demonstrate their ability to sustain lines of enquiry and record and observe from primary sources. Students must also show that they can bring together and make connections between the areas of knowledge, the work of artist(s), crafts person(s) or designer(s) and the range of skills described and learned throughout the course and apply this by responding to one or more of the following in the examination paper:

  • a stimulus or issue
  • a design brief or problem

In this unit, students are required to produce preparatory work which leads to a final response to be completed within an 8 hour supervised examination period. This unit is assessed in the form of a portfolio and final response. Students will have from February to May to complete the assessment for this unit. Assessment of this unit will take place at the end of Year 13. Students’ work in this unit will be internally assessed and externally moderated.

A2 ART AND DESIGN

Unit 3: Personal Investigation (60%)

This unit aims to enable students to demonstrate and communicate artistic interests, visual curiosity, creativity and personal skills in Art, Craft and Design. It should be a presentation of work in an area of Art, Craft and Design developed from the student’s strengths and personal interests in this subject. It should consist of visual and written investigations including an extended essay, all of which contributes to a final outcome.

Through the written element, students will be expected to communicate effectively their understanding of images and texts related to their chosen area of study. While the subject should provide an appropriate level of personal challenge for the student, it should be clearly within the realm of Art, Craft and Design. This written work will be assessed as an integral part of the unit. The final presentation should reflect the student’s potential, enjoyment and broad learning experience of Art and Design.

In this unit, students are required to base their work around a theme and subject matter developed from personal starting points. This provides an opportunity for the student to freely demonstrate and communicate artistic interests, visual curiosity, creativity and personal skills in Art, Craft and Design. The final presentation should reflect the student’s enjoyment and broad learning experience of Art and Design at this level.

This unit is assessed in the form of a portfolio of work. Students will have from September to February to complete the portfolio of work for this unit.

Assessment of this unit will take place at the end of Year 14. Students’ work in this unit will be internally assessed and externally moderated.

Unit 2: Externally Set Assignment (40%)

This unit aims to draw together the knowledge, understanding and skills learned throughout the A Level course. Students are required to select and present work for examination which demonstrates their strengths across the areas of knowledge and the range of skills. The work presented should show the student’s ability to sustain his/her own lines of enquiry and record and observe from primary sources Students must also show that they can bring together and make connections between the areas of knowledge, the work of artist(s), craftsperson(s) or designer(s) and the range of skills described and learned throughout the course and apply this by responding to one or more of the following in the examination paper:

  • a stimulus or issue
  • a design brief or problem

In this unit, students are required to produce preparatory work which leads to a final response to be completed within an 8 hour supervised examination period.

This unit is assessed in the form of a portfolio and final response. Students will have from February to May complete the assessment for this unit. Assessment of this unit will take place at the end of Year 14. Students’ work in this unit will be internally assessed and externally moderated.

EXTRA- CURRICULAR PROVISION

The Art and Design Department contributes extensively to the school’s extra-curricular provision.

Extra-curricular activities include:

  • Art, Craft and Design Clubs
  • Support Sessions for Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5
  • Local and Regional Competition
  • Visiting Artists, Designers and Craft Workers
  • Trips to Local Art Exhibitions
  • Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5 Workshops

FACILITIES AND RESOURCES

The Art and Design Department has recently been refurbished. Facilities and resources include:

  • 2 Art and Design Specialist Classrooms
  • Sixth Form Art Centre
  • Kiln Room / Ceramic Area
  • 1 Kiln
  • 2 Digital Cameras
  • 8 PC Computers
  • 1 Apple Mac
  • 1 A4 Scanner
  • 2 Laser Printers
  • 2 Interactive Whiteboards
  • 1 Art and Design Technician (Part-Time)
  • Visual Material (posters, print, books, brochures)
  • Record of all Art and Design Books in the Library
  • Thematic Portfolios
  • Past Pupil Portfolio Work
  • VLE Resources

CAREERS INFORMATION

Many workforces require creative and original thinkers, people who are able to adapt to different processes and workloads and people who can work independently and as a team. In Art and Design, pupils are encouraged to develop and explore new and exciting materials and techniques allowing them to enhance their thinking skills and personal capabilities that will benefit them beyond the classroom.

The study of Art and Design is useful for careers in areas such as:

  • Advertising
  • Archaeology
  • Architecture
  • Community Artist
  • Film and Video
  • Fashion Design
  • Line Crafts
  • Illustration
  • Interior Design
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Make-up
  • Model-making
  • Photo-Journalism
  • Product Design
  • Restoration
  • Teaching
  • Theatre Design
  • Television/Media
  • Textile Design

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