Art and Design
The art and design curriculum is vibrant and dynamic, and is designed to provide students with the skills, knowledge and confidence to continue to study the subject at A-Level and beyond.
The curriculum is broad, enabling students to explore different disciplines within art, design and craft. Students can expect to learn about experimental and traditional drawing techniques, science illustration, optical illusions, wire sculpture, abstract mark making, portraiture and architecture, as well as how to create a personal response in their art work.
Art is not what you see,
but what you make
The formal elements underpin the art and design curriculum and form the foundation of each project. Students will become reflective learners when analysing the work of others and their own work. Artist studies feature throughout the curriculum, as a form of inspiration and as part of the creative journey.
Through a series of portfolio-style projects and set briefs, students will gain a greater understanding of the assessment objectives at GCSE and learn how to produce a personal response, identify and analyse the work of other artists, experiment with a variety of media and materials and analyse and evaluate their own art work.
There are strong links with many other subjects throughout the curriculum, such as science, maths and design and technology. Projects in architecture, science illustration and anatomy of the heart provide opportunities for cross-curricular learning.
What are they learning?
Experimental and traditional drawing techniques are explored in the first part of Year 7, providing students with an insight into the formal elements.
The Year 9 curriculum begins with a skulls and decay portfolio-style project, which enables students to focus on developing their own style and personal response to a set brief.
Potential Careers relating to your subject
Costume Designer / Graphic Designer / Concept Artist / Illustrator / Art Director / Make Up Artist / Prop Maker / Art and Design Technician / Primary School Teacher / Secondary School Teacher / Fine Artist / Photographer / Curator / Art Therapist / Animator