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Art & Design

Course Overview 

Art & Design is offered across all three key stages. In the foundation years projects are taught through investigation into and experimentation surrounding a variety of disciplines. The yearly teaching programmes for years 7 & 8 are organised into 3 separate projects of differing lengths, which contain micro-projects. They each provide strong links with the key stage Art & Design National Curriculum and are inclusive of a variety of material experiences. Interwoven into all projects are opportunities to develop student’s analytical and evaluative skills and develop their understanding of the formal elements.

Art & Design is delivered, successfully, at both GCSE and A level. We aim to deliver high quality teaching, provide access to a wide range of resources, demonstrate strong subject knowledge as well as a passionate delivery, ensures we are able to facilitate a high level of learning though project work, problem solving and research, including external visits in a whole-host of material areas.

Textiles is offered as an option at both GCSE and AS and A level through an Art & Design specification. From year 9 onwards students experiment with and investigate a range of both practical (garment construction, dyeing & printing methods, finishing methods and decorative techniques), and theory based knowledge (fabric properties & characteristics, design & industrial systems and fashion movements).
It is intended that we both inspire and nurture confident, articulate, analytical and reflective learners who go on to pursue a career in the creative industry. 

Year 7 topics
    Formal elements of art foundation project
    Portraiture both traditional and inspired by the work of Hannah Hoch
    Exploration of variety of techniques through organic forms

Year 8 topics
    Ceramic project based on the work of Yayoi Kusama and Antoni Gaudi
    Exploration of pupils own culture and ways of documenting it  
    Expressionism portraiture

GCSE Courses/Topics
    Year 9 Art & Textiles - Foundation year to develop relevant art skills
    Year 10 Art -  Force
    Year 10 Textiles - Liberty inspired printed scarf
    Year 11 Art - iCulture and externally set assignment
    Year 11 Textiles - Food and externally set assignment
A level Courses/Topics
    Year 12 Art - Decay and Corrosion and externally set assignment
    Year 12 Textiles - Structures and externally set assignment
    Year 13 Art - Issues and externally set assignment
    Year 13 Textiles - Personally selected and externally set assignment

Why choose the subject? 

  • Learn to express yourself creatively
  • Learn to problem solve and research
  • Experiment with a range of media such as clay, textiles, digital media and painting.
  • Try out new ideas and develop your visual skills
  • Develop your creative skills


Q. When do I start to learn Art & Design?
A. Year 7

Q. Does everybody learn Art & Design?
A. Yes for years 7 and 8. Art & Design and Textile Design is an option choice in year 9

Q. What exams can I take?
A. GCSE, AS Level and A Level.  We are also offering a vocational course at KS5 which reflects the nature of a foundation course. 

Q. What trips are there?
A. Trips are specific to the topic you are studying and will depend on what projects you are given for your externally set assignment. For younger years we are trying to promote trips outside of the school day so are making use of museums and gallery which are open in the evenings.

Who will teach me? 

Miss Miller, Mrs Doig, Miss Stroud, Mr Chubb, Mr Matthews

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