Art and Design
Art & Design and Graphics
Faculty of Art & Design Technology
Mr G Ainscough - Head of Art
Mrs N Morgan
Mrs S Gray
Mrs S A Gray
Art & Design and Graphics are inspiring, practical subjects that engage, motivate and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills required for a career in the creative industry. Within these subjects, pupils have the opportunity to develop their skills in a wide range of media, techniques and processes including drawing and painting, print, 3D and Digital Manipulation.
Our aim is that all pupils will be able to:
- develop their creative skills in a wide range of media to allow themselves to independently select and develop personalised project work as they mature in KS4
- become responsible, competent, confident, safe and creative users of tools and equipment
- analyse themes and questions and develop a creative response when applying their knowledge, skills and understanding
KS3 Curriculum 2017-2018
Year 7 pupils spend eight weeks in both Art & Design and Graphics, during which time they are introduced to Health and Safety requirements, the Design Process, and the correct and safe use of a wide range of materials, techniques and processes. They will cover areas and processes in Art and Graphics
Year 8 pupils spend eight weeks in both Art & Design and Graphics, during which time they will review and recap their knowledge to Health and Safety requirements, the Design Process, and extend their learning and knowledge of further materials, and more in depth and difficult techniques and processes.
KS4 Curriculum 2017-2018
In Year 9 pupils will begin an 18 week intensive skills programme designed to prepare them for KS4 Art & Design projects. On a rotation carousel throughout the department pupils will complete 6 week long workshops in the following areas:
- Art - focused on improving drawing skills
- Graphic Design - Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator
Once these workshops are complete pupils will possess the broad range of skills required, to begin working independently on their assessable Art & Design units. They will start by producing a project from the starting point of Natural forms.
Years 10 & 11
In Year 10 and Year 11, pupils will work towards their AQA GCSE Art & Design (Fine Art) qualification.
Pupils are required to complete two components. Component 1 is a Portfolio which must include a sustained project evidencing the journey from initial engagement to the realisation of intentions and a selection of further work undertaken during the pupil’s course of study. Component 2 is an externally set assignment by the exam board.
The areas of study are listed below. Pupils are required to study one or more of the following areas. They may explore overlapping and combinations of areas.
- Lens-/light-based media
- Photography and the moving image
- Mixed media
- Land art.
Component 1 – Portfolio
Non-exam assessment (NEA) set and marked by the school and moderated by AQA during a visit. Moderation will normally take place in June of Year 11.
- No time limit
- 60% of GCSE
Component 2 – Externally set assignment:
Non-exam assessment (NEA) set by AQA; marked by the school and moderated by AQA during a visit. Moderation will normally take place in June of Year 11.
- Preparatory period followed by 10 hours of supervised time
- 40% of GCSE