ART & DESIGN AND DESIGN TECHNOLOGY
Department Mission statement is for students to learn to think and act as artists, craftspeople and designers, working creatively and intelligently. To develop an appreciation of art, craft and design and its role in the creative and cultural industries that enrich their lives. The department aims to bring out the best in students, both academically and creatively fostering good artistic skills, ideas and allowing pupils to flourish in a healthy and encouraging environment.
Key Stage 3:
ART – Currently at Key Stage 3 pupils develop their understanding of the art & design process. They research & explore starting points for their work and develop a personal response to projects. They investigate working methods & broadened their skills in using materials & techniques. Students become confident in being creative using their imagination, experimenting with different materials, analyse their work, media and the technical processes art and design offers. They will have a cultural understanding, exploring visual, tactile qualities of their own and other artists/craft people.
D&T – they learn about the design process, joining and combining systems, mechanics and structures coupled with the process art has to offer.
Lessons per week:
In Art there is currently 1 lesson per week for Years 7, 8 and 9.
In D& T there is currently 1 lesson per week in Year 8.
Key Stage 4:
ART & DESIGN – EXAMINATION BOARD: AQA
Portfolio of work – Controlled Assessment – set marked by centre and moderated by AQA
80 marks – 60%
Candidates’ portfolio selected from work undertaken during course of Study and must include more than one project.
Exam – Question paper marked by the centre and moderated by AQA
80 marks – 40%
Unlimited preparation time 10 hours of sustained focused study. Candidates respond to their chosen starting point.
At KS4 students will develop ideas and intentions by working from first-hand observation, experience, inspiration, imagination and other sources. Investigate how to express and realise, ideas using formal elements and the qualities of a range of media and make purposeful images and artefacts, selecting from a range of materials, techniques and processes to express perception and invention, to communicate feelings, experiences and ideas, and for pleasure explore and develop ideas using sketchbooks, journals and other appropriate strategies.
Lessons per week:
At KS4 pupils have 3 lessons per week in Art and Design.
Extra curricular activities or opportunities for KS5:
The art room is available at lunchtimes for KS4 GCSE to develop their art work further. The art department is involves with Islamic activities, cross curriculum day and many other activities within the school.
The department thrives on achieving excellent results at KS4.
Some Year 9 students are entered early for their art exam and often choose to go on to do AS Level in Year 10 & 11.
Students have won art competitions internally and externally won awards in the ‘Society of Young Artists’