Mission Statement Art & Design

Creative studies of Art & Design offers all children, irrespective of ability, the chance to make personal statements and enjoy and participate in design activities. No one child needs to feel that they are lacking in talent as many different types of fields are covered and so different skills are developed to excel in.

Through a programme of structured activities, the pupils will be given grounding in the vocabulary of art, covering line, shape, colour, tone, texture, pattern and composition, both in 2D and 3D.

Pupils will be encouraged to explore and discover methods, techniques and ways of solving problems with a variety of media. The Art Department will offer discussions and written tasks on the work of historical artists and craftsmen.

All pupils will benefit from a three-year foundation course at KS3, which should develop in them confidence and foster interests and enthusiasms to go on to KS4, in which they will work in a much more individual way, encouraging a more personal and mature approach.

Many pupils may wish to go on to vocational arts courses post 16 but all pupils will benefit from having studied the KS3 curriculum which could well lead to hobbies and personal achievement later in adult life.

Key Stage 3, Aims and Learning Outcomes

With this philosophic concept in mind, the aims of the course could be stated as:

  1. To be able to record from direct observation.
  2. To select and control materials in a systematic and disciplined way.
  3. To have experience with a wide range of materials in both 2D and 3D studies.
  4. To use, compose and work with elements of line, tone, colour, form, pattern, texture and composition.
  5. To show a personal or intuitive response through the development of ideas or themes and to be able to sustain their chosen area of study from conception to realisation.
  6. To gain confidence in handling various media in an experimental way in order to encourage a self-disciplined approach to work.
  7. To become aware of contemporary and historical arts and craftspersons.
  8. To understand how other subjects enhance Art & Design through the use of Literacy, Mathematics and IT.
  9. To encourage discussion of their own work and that of their contemporaries developing British values.
  10. To find, through art activities, enrichment and satisfaction, which will bring pride of achievement.
  11. To equip the student for any further vocational courses he or she may want to follow.

Key Stage 4 Aims and Learning Outcomes

The GCSE course is based on the AQA specification and encourages candidates to:

  1. Actively engage in the process of art and design in order to develop as effective and independent learners and as critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds
  2. Develop creative skills, through learning to use imaginative and intuitive powers when exploring and creating images and artefacts that are original and of value. Becoming confident in taking risks and learning from their mistakes when exploring and experimenting with ideas, materials, tools and techniques
  3. Develop competence, with increasing independence, refining and developing ideas and proposals, personal outcomes or solutions. Learning to actively engage with the experience of working with a broad range of media, materials and techniques, including, when appropriate, traditional and new media and technologies
  4. Develop cultural knowledge, understanding and application of art, craft, design and media and technologies in historical and contemporary contexts, societies and cultures. Also, an understanding of the different roles, functions, audiences and consumers of art, craft and design practice
  5. Develop critical understanding through investigative, analytical, experimental, interpretive practical, technical and expressive skills to develop as effective and independent learners and as critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds
  6. Develop personal attributes including self-confidence, resilience, perseverance, self-discipline and commitment.

Art & Design GCSE course further provide opportunities for candidates to gain:

  1. A personal interest in why art and design matters and be inspired, moved and changed by studying a broad, coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study
  2. Experience of the work practices of individuals, organisations and creative and cultural industries
  3. Understanding of art, craft and design processes, associated equipment and safe working practices.

Career Possibilities

DISPLAY & EXHIBITION CURATOR/DESIGNER

ART RESTORATION TEAM

ARCHITECT

APPLIANCES DESIGNER

INTERIOR DESIGNER

EXTERIOR/LANDSCAPE ARTIST

ART CRITIC

ADVERTISING (VISUAL COMMUNICATION)

ANIMATION

ART TEACHER

AIRBRUSH ARTIST

ART DEALER ART CONSULTANT CARTOONIST DESKTOP PUBLISHING ENGRAVING E BOOK COVER ARTIST FASHION DESIGNER FREELANCE ARTIST FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY FINE ARTISTS FASHION ILLUSTRATION GRAPHIC ARTIST GRAPHIC DESIGNER INTERIOR DESIGN ILLUSTRATORS

MUSEUM DIRECTOR MONOGRAMM ARTIST PHOTOGRAPHER PAINTING RESTORERS

PRINT-MAKERS SCULPTORS

ARTS DIRECTORS

CREATIVE DIRECTORS

CAMERA CREW

GRIP CREW

LIGHT TECHNICIANS

CONCEPT ARTISTS

SPECIAL EFFECTS CREATIVE WORK SHOP TEAM

COMPUTER ANNIMATORS

THREE DIMENTIONAL MODELING TEAM

MAPPING AND TEXTURE APPLICATION EXPERTS

TWO DIMENTIONAL STORYBOARD ILLUSTRATIONS

LANSCAPE AND SCENERY ARTISTS

COSTUME DESIGNERS

TAILORS

MAKE UP SPECIALISTS

SPECIAL EFFECTS MAKE UP ARTISTS

SET DESIGNERS

PROP MANAGEMENT TEAM

HAIR STYLISTS

CARTOONIST

GRAPHICS STUDIO ASSISTANT

ILLUSTRATOR

GRAPHICAL DESIGNER

DESCK TOP PUBLISHING

ILLUSTRATOR MEDICAL PHTOGRAPHER

INDUSTRIAL DESIGNER

SIGN WRITTER

WINDOW DRESSER

SKETCH ARTISTS SET DESIGN VIDEO GAME DESIGN WEB DESIGN

Useful Websites

www.cogapp.com/uk

www.artcyclopaedia.com/index.html

www.artlex.com

www.theaoi.com

www.axisweb.org/

www.digital-collaborations.co.uk

www.artguide.org/

www.creativereview.co.uk

www.designcouncil.org.uk

www.designweek.co.uk

www.graphics.com

www.heartagency.com

www.donarcher.com/moca

www.nsead.org/

www.tate.org.uk

www.wga.hu/