Art and Design promotes learning that supports the perception and understanding of spiritual, social and emotional issues within a visual context. We encourage all learners to learn through personal, creative exploration of media, processes and techniques.

We believe the creative thinking and problem solving skills gained through a challenging and diverse Art and Design education extends beyond our subject, providing cross curricular and a lateral creative skillset.

The Art and Design department has high expectations of our students’ attainment, development and personal conduct. We have created a well-resourced and stimulating environment where success and achievement are valued and celebrated.

We offer a range of enrichment, extension and multi-disciplinary learning experiences for our learners and community with clubs, visiting Artists/Designers, workshops, gallery visits, whole school productions and exhibitions.

Art has links with the Music, Media, Drama, Science, MFL and English departments.

KS3

We offer a broad and balanced curriculum at KS3 which encompasses a wide range of learning experiences, social and cultural issues and both historical and contemporary Artist/Designers with a foundation based upon the formal elements of art.

Learners experience Art and Design for 1 hour per week during Key Stage 3. Learners are encouraged to become independent creative artists, particularly through their homework projects and we regularly assess throughout each project.

KS4

At Key Stage 4 students can choose Art and Photography pathways.

Students follow GCSE (EDUQAS exam board) . We follow an unendorsed course so that pupils are free to work in any materials/style they wish. Both Art and Photography are creative courses that allow students to explore themes and the creative responses of Historical and Contemporary artists, designers and photographers.

GCSE Art & Design and GCSE Photography have a range of learning opportunities for all students that are both practical and theoretical. Thus, providing our learners with the knowledge, understanding and skill set to maximise their personal achievement. The course covers multi disciplines that allow for fluid expression such as: Traditional Fine Art (painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture) Textiles, Machine Embroidery, Serigraphy, Dress making, Fashion, Analog and Digital Photography, Photoshop, Modeling, Construction and Arts Based ICT.

GCSE (EDUQAS) The course is split between portfolio/coursework assessment (60%) and 10 hour practical examination (40%).

GCSE’s in Art &Design and Photography offer a range of transferable and creative thinking skills to take into sixth form subjects. As well as Art and Design, Textiles and Photography, learners also succeed at Art History, Performing Arts, Engineering, English Literature, Music, Media Studies and History and Sociology based subjects.

Outside the classroom

In addition to the school led exhibition/gallery visits as part of the curriculum, we encourage our learners to go and visit galleries, exhibitions and arts events that will inform their learning. All students will be expected to complete 1 hour of independent learning a week which will deepen their understanding of the task or topic.

Links and how to support your child at home

Art and Design is a demanding and challenging course which is enhanced through independent and personal engagement. Regular visits to as many exhibitions and galleries as possible would be hugely beneficial, as well as viewing art centred documentaries or programs on television. However the most important support we would recommend is regular viewing and discussion of the sketchbook – encouraging your child to discuss what they are learning and the artists/themes they are studying.