Art

Staffing

Mrs A Simpson (Head of Department)

Miss R Hawkins

Mr R Thompson

Mrs R Patton (Technician)

Subject Overview

The Art and Design curriculum is developed to motivate and inspire the creative potential in all pupils by incorporating a range of thinking and learning skills together with the opportunity to experience and develop techniques and processes in a wide range of media.

Key Stage 3

At Key stage 3 pupils are given the opportunity to have first hand experience of drawing & painting, 3D construction, ceramics, printmaking, textiles, ICT and lens based digital media in a fun and creative environment.

Key Stage 4

GCSE Art and Design allows pupils to develop their observational skills and appreciation for a wide range of artistic practices through investigation, experimentation and problem-solving. Development of creative, intellectual and artistic abilities is encouraged. Pupils have opportunities to appreciate the work of artists, designers and craft workers from a variety of cultural backgrounds. A Portfolio and exam are the two components of this course.

Key Stage 5

AS’ and ‘A2’ Level Art and Design allows pupils to further the skills and concepts learnt at GCSE level. Pupils can develop and enhance their creative, intellectual and artistic abilities by taking the ‘AS’ course as the first half of the ‘A2’ Level qualification and completing a Coursework Portfolio and exam. At ‘A2’ Level a ‘Personal Investigation’ and exam are undertaken which gives pupils the opportunity to express their artistic strengths and personal areas of interest in the subject.

Career Opportunities

Art and Design provides vital creative skills essential for the ever increasing creative industries of today. A qualification in Art and Design is valuable for: multimedia and graphic design, architecture, theatre and costume design, film making and photography, art therapy, teaching (primary and secondary), merchandising and advertising, web design, museum and gallery work.

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