The Art and Design Department offers a broad curriculum that gives students opportunities to develop their creativity, confidence, visual communication and researching skills. Students develop practical skills in drawing, painting, printmaking, clay and mixed media.
We are fortunate to have two large well equipped general teaching rooms as well as a fully equipped pottery and a separate sixth form studio where A Level students can work independently.
At KS3 students are introduced to the essentials of Art and Design, they are given the opportunities to learn and develop their skills in a range of media making use of the departments resources and individual teacher’s specialisms. Students work in and out of sketchbooks to produce a range of different outcomes responding to project themes and artists. The KS3 course is designed to develop student’s skills and understanding preparing them for progression onto KS4 courses.
At KS4 we follow the EDEXCEL GCSE Art and Design specification. Students are required to produce a portfolio of work across a range of media to meet the assessment criteria (set by the exam board). Students will ordinarily produce 3 coursework projects (60% of their final mark) and 1 externally set exam project (40%). Projects are designed to encourage students to work independently, using their own ideas and influences to develop an exciting portfolio of work.
At KS5 we offer AQA Art and design across the consortium (AS & A2), this follows the same common assessment structure as the GCSE and enables students to develop work according to their own interests. At AS students complete an introductory research project before developing their coursework portfolio and completing a separate, externally set, exam project. At A2 students choose a personal study question to be the focus of their coursework research and idea development; this is accompanied by a 3000 word essay. A2 students also complete a separate, externally set, exam project.
GCSE project themes: