Art and Design

The department has three specialist teachers experienced in painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, textiles and Graphic Design. We are housed in two large rooms including a computer suite.

Key Stage 3

In years 7, 8 and 9, pupils study Art and Design;

Through a variety of activities the department aims to help all our students reach their full potential. We encourage a sense of enquiry about the visual world we all live in, help students express themselves through Art and Design and introduce students to the contribution that art, craft and design has made to the world. The subject offers opportunities for our students to develop their own creativity and produce something that is completely unique and personal.

During Key Stage 3 the department covers work in painting, drawing, computer graphics, sculpture and mixed media. The work in organised in themes and these include investigating the work of Artists and cultures.

Key Stage 4

Pupils can opt to study Art and Design and Graphic Communication in years 10 and 11;

This is an engaging and exciting course with a very hands-on practical approach. Pupils with an interest in graphics, design, problem solving, creativity and independent thinking will enjoy this course and do well; the skills they learn will help them in other subjects, and will form the foundation of their Art and Design/Graphic Communication knowledge should they wish to take the subject further.

A GCSE in Art and Design or Graphic Communication is a valuable qualification, which is recognised by a further education establishment or employer.  It shows creative thinking and the ability to work independently.

Art and Design and/or Graphic Communication qualifications offer insight into numerous careers such as:

Graphic Design, advertising, TV film/video, traditional and computer animation, photography, illustration, printing, fashion, textiles, jewellery/silversmithing, theatre-set costume and make-up, hairdressing, industrial design, architecture, interior design, ceramics, fine art (drawing, painting and sculpture) and of course teaching!

The department offers the Art and Design and Graphic Communication full GCSE courses. During the course the pupils will experience a wide range of techniques, materials and concepts for creating artwork. These may include:

Drawing, painting, sculpture, printing, textiles, craftwork, graphics, design and computer based design.

The pupils are required to produce a portfolio of work (known as controlled assessment), containing more than one project. For Art and Design these can include Oriental Art, Architecture and personal work inspired by artists. In Graphic Communication these can include work based on typography, image and corporate image/branding. Both disciplines provide the opportunity to develop personal ideas from given starting points.

The majority of the controlled assessment will be completed during lesson time, with additional opportunities at the Art clubs. These help pupils extend or augment their work. At home, pupils should be adding to their sketchbooks weekly, as this will be assessed as part of their controlled assessment and is extremely valuable.

There are opportunities to further their commitment to the subject through extra-curricular activities, including both lunchtime and after school art clubs and art based trips. These combine with normal lesson time to provide an extremely rich, diverse and rewarding experience for the keen pupil.

The externally set task takes place in March each year. It is a ten-hour fully practical examination, broken down into shorter sessions. The pupils receive unlimited exam prep time. The final piece(s) must be completed during the ten hour exam. Preparation is absolutely vital as they must work unaided during the exam.

All controlled assessment projects must be completed by April each year, well in advance of the summer exams and therefore lessening the work load at that time.

An exhibition of pupil’s work, showing the best of their controlled assessment work and externally set task is presented for assessment and external moderation at the end of the course.

Scheme of Assessment

60% Controlled assessment – portfolio of work.

40% Externally set task – practical exam.

There is no written examination.