Department Information

Art & Design

Members of the Department

Ms Davison (Head of Department)
Mrs O'Malley
Miss McCall

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.