Art and Design

Staff:

  • Mrs C Grandidge - Assistant Headteacher (Director of Performance and Creative Arts)
  • Ms G Chadwick - Subject Leader
  • Mr L Welburn - Teacher
  • Mrs E Robins - Teacher
  • Miss R Marsden - ADT Technician

Key Stage Three 

Art
Year seven – Personal Identity; Aboriginal Art; and Henri Rousseau
Year eight – Viewpoints; Keith Haring; and Hundertwasser (3D fantasy buildings)

Key Stage Four 

The uptake on the range of subjects offered is good and all subjects are popular. Year nine have three hours per week over the three year GCSE course.

At key stage four, students opt for subjects from the following list:
• GCSE Graphics (Art based curriculum)
• GCSE Art
• GCSE Photography

Graphic Products

WHAT is this subject about?
The GCSE Graphic Products course is designed to encourage students to be able to design and make products with creativity and originality, using a range of graphic and modelling materials. Students will be enthused and challenged by the range of practical activities possible. Students will be encouraged to learn through images to use, understand and apply colour and design, to develop spatial concepts, and to understand graphic materials and their manipulation. Students will design and make product(s) using a graphic media and new technologies which will help to prepare students for the world of work.

WHY should I choose this subject?
GCSE Graphic Products allows you to be innovative and develop individual and unique items/ products. The knowledge gained allows individuals to get a better insight into the development of products we take for granted. The thought process involved will develop a variety of skills that are essential in any work place.

WHEN and HOW am I assessed?
The course consists of one exam taken at the end of year 11 worth 40 per cent of the overall marks and coursework which involves sing le design and make activity selected from a range of board set tasks, worth 60 per cent of the overall course.

WHICH subjects should I have an aptitude in?
It helps to have a reasonable level in Mathematics, English, Science, Computers and being able to relate to art.

WHERE could this subject take me in the future?
This qualification will be very useful when considering many Post 16 courses such as AS Level Product Design. This course also leads to vocational related courses or technical employment such as the modern apprenticeships.

WHO do I need to speak to for more information?

Ms G Chadwick

GCSE Fine Art and Graphic Communication (Graphics focusing mainly on Illustration and digital media)

WHAT is this subject about?
The aim is for you to become a self-motivated artist, capable of working to the highest standards in painting and drawing. Throughout the course you will continually learn how to use a range of different mediums and develop your understanding of how Art is viewed in society.

WHY should I choose this subject?
You will be making Art and Design decisions throughout your life. Students following the subject have been very successful at GCSE and further into College and University. In addition, Art is highly enjoyable and gives you the chance to develop a wide range of personal skills.

WHEN and HOW am I assessed?
During Years 9, 10 & 11 you will work on projects that form an extended collection of work, this is 60 per cent of your overall mark. This is your coursework and must consist of at least two projects. The Controlled Assessment is 40 per cent of your final mark which will consist of a series of externally set questions of which you will choose one of these as your final project.

WHICH subjects should I have an aptitude in?
Obviously an interest in art is a major benefit; however, of more importance is an enthusiasm and a willingness to learn and experiment with a range of different ideas and mediums.

WHERE could this subject take me in the future?
Any type of Art and Design subject shows that the learner has been able to manage time well and work to a series of deadlines. It also shows independent learning at its best and the ability to manage a project. Students can take the subject to the next level by going into any of the following areas of study such as A Levels in Fine Art, Graphic Design, Photography and Textiles, as well as the Level Two National Award in Art & Design. These subjects can provide a successful pathway into Art College / University and on to a possible career in the Arts or a creative arts industry.

WHO do I need to speak to for more information?
Please ask Ms G Chadwick, Mrs E Robins and Mr L Welburn for further advice.

GCSE Photography

WHAT is this subject about?
The aim is for you to become an independent specialist in photography and digital manipulation, capable of working to the highest standards in both of these areas. Throughout the course you will continually learn how to use a range of different mediums and photographic techniques and develop your understanding of how Photography is applied in society and industry.

WHY should I choose this subject?
Students following the subject have been very successful at GCSE and further into college and university. In addition, photography is highly enjoyable and gives you the chance to develop a wide range of personally creative skills.

WHEN and HOW am I assessed?
During Years 9, 10 & 11 you will work on projects that form an extended collection of work, this is 60 per cent of your overall mark. This is your coursework and must consist of at least two projects. The Controlled Assessment is 40 per cent of your final mark which will consist of a series of externally set questions of which you will choose one of these as your final project.

WHICH subjects should I have an aptitude in?
Obviously an interest in art, photography and digital manipulation is a major benefit; however, of more importance is an enthusiasm and a willingness to learn and experiment with a range of different ideas and techniques.

WHERE could this subject take me in the future?
Any type of art and design subject shows that the learner has been able to manage time well and work to a series of deadlines. It also shows independent learning at its best and the ability to manage a project. Students can take the subject to the next level by going into any of the following areas of study such as A Levels in Fine Art, Graphic Design, Photography and Textiles, as well as the Level Two National Award in Art & Design. These subjects can provide a successful pathway into Art College / University and on to a possible career in the Arts or a creative arts industry.

WHO do I need to speak to for more information?
Please ask Ms G Chadwick and Mr L Welburn for further advice.