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Art & Design



Members of the Department


Ms Davison (Head of Department)

Mr McElwee




 

Aims


Art & Design challenges students to develop their observational skills and creativity. Investigation, experimentation and self-expression are prized at all levels, and this ethos helps students as they learn how to express their innermost feelings and perceptions visually.


 

Key Stage 3


There are a wide range of opportunities available within the subject area, which supports students working in 2D and 3D, fine art and design. This includes:


  • drawing

  • painting

  • graphic design

  • textile design

  • lens-based media

  • critical and contextual studies

  • 3D design


Studying art and design can provide students with unique skills of investigating, realising, experimenting, developing ideas and problem-solving. They also develop an appreciation of the work of artists and designers from a range of cultural backgrounds.


 

Key Stage 4 (GCSE)

UNIT 1: THE CORE PORTFOLIO (CONTROLLED ASSESSMENT/ CLASSWORK)


In the portfolio the pupil has carried out a minimum of 45 hours work (including research) under informal supervision over a period of four terms. 


UNIT 2: WORKING TO A STIMULUS. (EXTERNALLY SET ASSIGNMENT)


A minimum of 15 hours spent producing preparatory work; and a final outcome that candidates must complete within a set a set period of 10 hours and that they must carry out under controlled test conditions.


 

Key Stage 5 (GCE)


The revised CEA GCE Art and Design specification is available at two levels: AS and A2. Students can take the AS course as a final qualification or as the first half of the A Level qualification. Students who wish to obtain a full A level qualification must also complete the second half of the course, which is referred to as A2.


Students study the CCEA specification.


 

Career Opportunities


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