Art and Design

Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. We aim to engage, inspire and challenge students, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As students’ progress, they will be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They will explore how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our society. Students learn to think and act as artists,craftspeople and designers, working creatively and intelligently. Creative skills are valued and actively sought across a wide range of employment sectors, as employers are looking to recruit employees who are adaptable and can generate fresh ideas.

KS3

Students will explore a range of starting points for practical work exploring the work of others to enhance their understanding of the application of materials and the communication of ideas using visual language.

In year 7 the year theme is My Self, students will explore the themes of self-portraits and identity to create images of themselves. The main skills taught will be drawing and painting, analysing and responding to artists work.

In year 8 students will explore the theme of My Environment and investigate the theme through exploring Climate Change and the Built Environment. The main skills will be drawing, painting, collage, construction, artist analysis and refining ideas.

In year 9 students will explore Our World as their main theme; they will complete two projects entitled Current Issues and Expressing Ideas. The main skills will be drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, artist analysis, ideas generation, refining ideas and making effective final pieces. The overall year emphasis will be on developing the skills they will need to succeed at GCSE. Students will work independently and collaborate with others, on projects focusing on drawing, painting, printmaking and construction skills.

KS4

Students can study a GCSE in Art and Design (Edexcel). The year 11 specification can be found here (course code 5FA01): http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/art-and-design-2009.html

The year 10 specification can be found here:
http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/art-and-design-2016.html (course code 1FA0)

How is it assessed?

  • Coursework unit 60% and Exam unit 40%.
  • Coursework unit deadline January of year 11.
  • Exam unit deadline May of year 11.
  • Assessment is based on all work completed throughout the duration of the course.
  • All work is initially assessed by the teachers and then the exam board moderate our assessments.

In year 10 students will study two themes, developing their ability to generate and refine ideas through visual research, exploring the work of artists and experimenting with materials. The main skills covered are drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, research, artist analysis, responding to artists, ideas generation and refinement and creating effective final pieces. Students will develop their investigative, analytical, experimental and interpretative capabilities, aesthetic understanding and critical and enquiring minds, with increasing independence.

In year 11 students will compete their coursework projects, they will extend their cultural knowledge and understanding of art, craft and design and of the media and technologies used in different times, contexts and societies. They will also benefit from improving personal attributes including self-confidence, resilience, perseverance, self-discipline and commitment.

In January year 11 students are set their Exam Theme, which is supplied by the exam board; they will have 10 weeks to prepare their ideas through research of their chosen theme, ideas generation and refinement through the experimentation with materials. They will then create their final piece in a 10 hour exam.

KS5

BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Art and Design (NCF) (Edexcel). For the full specification please visit http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/btec-firsts/art-and-design-2012-nqf.html

Students complete a variety of units to make up their assessment portfolio. These are comprised of the following:

Core units:
1.Specialist Pathways
2.Creative Project (inc.10 hour exam)    

Specialist Units (2 of these):
3. Communicating Ideas in 2D
4. Communicating Ideas in 3D
5. Developing an Art and Design Portfolio
6. Investigating Contextual References in Art and Design

Each unit is assessed against a set of criteria; the level they pass at is determined by the quality of the work. Each unit has a series of assignments that need to be completed in order to pass it. The grading criteria are Pass, Merit, and Distinction. Students will have clear guidance as to what is needed to gain each assessment level.

Unit 2 is an externally set examination; the students will have preparation time and then complete an assignment unaided in exam conditions.

A-Level Art and Design

The exam specification can be found here: http://www.eduqas.co.uk/qualifications/art-and-design/as-a-level/

How is it assessed?

A-level: 60% Coursework and 40% exam unit (to be completed in year 2).

The year 12 and 13 two year course is divided into 2 units:

  1. Coursework Portfolio – Unit 1 is a portfolio of work containing a number of projects, including a personal study that requires research and analysis to be combined to produce written outcome.
    The themes for the first year are A Sense of Place and Presence and Absence. In the first year students will be encouraged to be independent learners. Students will be given the opportunity to extend their existing skills in a creative and encouraging environment. Students will be encouraged to explore and work on their strengths in order to develop personal portfolios that reflect their identity and interests. Students will explore the creation, refinement and realisation of ideas responding to a number of themes and artists, and exploring a range of appropriate materials and techniques. The portfolio will also contain evidence of students’ ability to research and analyse the work of designers and artists. Students will generate a personal study, on a theme of their choice, made up of between 1,000-3,000 words.
     
  2. Controlled Assignment (Exam Unit) – a period of time for preparation work and a 15 hour practical exam. The theme is set by the exam board and students prepare for this by exploring their chosen sub-theme, analysing artists, experimenting with materials and developing and refining ideas

BTEC Photography

BTEC Photography develops students understanding of photography as a form of artistic expression and as a medium of communication and social documentation. Students will become familiar with the practice, history, principles and application of photography and will learn how to make aesthetic and technical judgements. Students also study a variety of artists and practitioners and compare their approaches and working practises, as well as the role of photography and its inter-relationship with other visual media, some art techniques, subjective evaluation and critical interpretation of images.

In year 12 we offer the Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in Art and Design (Photography) (NQF). For full specification please see: http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/btec-nationals/art-and-design-2016.coursematerials.html#filterQuery=category:Pearson-UK:Category%2FSpecification-and-sample-assessments&filterQuery=category:Pearson-UK:Document-Type%2FSpecification

Students complete a variety of units to make up their assessment portfolio. These are comprised of the following:

Mandatory units:
1. Visual Recording and Communication (exam unit)
2. Critical and Contextual Studies in Art and Design (exam unit)
3. The Creative Process

Professional specialist units:
9. Photographic Materials, Techniques and Processes
Each unit has a series of assignments that need to be completed in order to pass it.

In year 13 students are following the Pearson BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Art and Design (Photography) (QCF). For full specification please see: https://qualifications.pearson.com/content/dam/pdf/BTEC-Nationals/Art-and-Design/2010/Specification/BN029822-BTEC-90-credit-Art-and-Design-L3-Issue2.pdf

Students complete a variety of units to make up their assessment portfolio. These are comprised of the following:

Mandatory units:
1. Visual Recording in Art and Design
2. Materials, Techniques and Processes in Art and Design
3. Ideas and Concepts in Art and Design
4. Communication Through Art and Design

Professional specialist units:
12. Computers in Art and Design
25. Studio Photography

Each unit is worth 10 credits and students have to gain 60 credits to pass the course, the level they pass at is determined by the quality of the work. Each unit has a series of assignments that need to be completed in order to pass it.