Art and Design

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Art and Design

The Art Department aims to provide a varied Art education, where each student has the opportunity to explore a range of disciplines, including; drawing and painting, mixed media, three dimensional sculptural work, photography and graphics based studies including ICT.

Key Stage 3
During the academic year each class at Key Stage 3 will work on three units of coursework. Each unit will focus on one of the following areas:

  • Fine Art – drawing, painting with some use of photography
  • Printmaking /Photography/ ICT (arts based software)
  • Three Dimensional Design – construction/sculpture.

All students have the opportunity to explore the full range of disciplines in some depth in class and also through a small amount of homework set each term.

Within the set projects students are encouraged to experiment with materials, techniques and processes, exploring the potential of each. The development of good problem solving skills is encouraged, helping the students work with greater independence and confidence.

Sketchbooks are used for much of the research, planning and preparation stages within a project and in addition to this, students complete studio work in a wide range of scales.

Whilst students do not officially start their GCSE Art & Design course until Year 10, the Year 9 curriculum allows students to work towards both Unit 1 and 2 at GCSE level. This provides a greater opportunity to achieve the higher GCSE grades in Year 11.

Key Stage 4 – GCSE
At GCSE level the students follow the AQA Art and Design syllabus where coursework is 60% of the final mark and the exam unit is 40%. The students have the choice of specialising in one of the following disciplines:

  • Fine Art
  • Photography
  • Three Dimensional Design/ Sculpture

There is also an option to follow the ‘unendorsed’ curriculum in which students choose to work in a range of materials/processes throughout the two year course.

60% of the GCSE mark is based on the coursework units covered in Years 10 and 11. 40% of the mark is taken from the exam unit covered towards the latter stages of the course in Year 11.

During the Art GCSE course students will be introduced to the units titled; Still life and Interiors and Exteriors. For each unit they will be expected to research the work of selected artists, record their observations and ideas (through drawing, painting, photography, sculpture and/or writing) experiment with materials and processes and realise their ideas by creating a piece or series of pieces of art work.

Marks are awarded for the quality and depth of; research, experimental work, observational studies and the realisation of ideas.
Students attend either one or two field trips during the two year course. Recent field trips have included visits to; The Royal Pavilion and Art Museum, Brighton, Royal Courts of Justice, Tate Britain and Tate Modern in London.