Art Curriculum

Intent


We aim to ensure that all pupils:

  • Develop critical and contextual abilities and understanding within their own and others’ cultural heritages through studying a diverse range of artists
  • Are able to express their creative imagination as well as sustained mastery in the key areas of the arts: drawing, painting, printing, textiles, photography and sculpture
  • Develop creativity, independence, judgement and self-reflection alongside a curiosity, and passion in the arts
  • Develop their understanding of the visual language of the arts as well as visual elements of the arts (line, tone, texture, colour, pattern, shape, 3D form)

Year 9, 10, 11

ART AND DESIGN (Fine Art)

QUALIFICATION: GCSE Art and Design (8202)
AWARDING BODY: AQA

NB: STUDENTS MAY CHOOSE FINE ART OR PHOTOGRAPHY, BUT NOT BOTH.

What will I learn?
You will develop your creativity, observation, research, investigation and experimentation skills through the use of a wide range of art materials and techniques. Presentation skills, analytical skills and knowledge of Art history will also be developed.

How will I learn?
You will investigate themes and artists’ work within art projects. You will be guided through the creative process and shown a range of techniques for developing art work. You will study and analyse a wide range of artists’ work. As the course progresses you will be expected to develop your work and pursue your ideas more independently.

How will I be assessed?
Portfolio: Ongoing throughout the course [60% of GCSE]
Externally set assignment: Preparation time followed by 10 hour exam [40% of GCSE]

Possible Careers/Future Pathways:
Students who study Art and Design at GCSE can go on to study Fine Art, Photography and Textile Design at A-Level.

The skills that you learn during the course are highly transferable but are particularly useful for careers in art, art history, graphic design, fashion, game development, illustration, architecture, teaching and retail.

ART AND DESIGN (Photography)

QUALIFICATION: GCSE Art and Design (8206)
AWARDING BODY: AQA

What will I learn?
You will learn the way sources inspire the development of ideas, relevant to photography including how sources relate to historical, contemporary, social, cultural and issues-based contexts; how ideas, themes, subjects and feelings can inspire creative responses informed by different styles, genres and aesthetic considerations. You will also learn about the use of: • figurative and non-figurative forms, image manipulation, close up, and imaginative interpretation • visual and tactile elements such as: • colour • line • form • tone • texture • shape • pattern • composition • scale • sequence • surface • contrast.

How will I learn?
You will use photographic techniques and processes. You will also use media and materials, as appropriate. As the course progresses you will be expected to develop your work and pursue your ideas more independently.

How will I be assessed?
Portfolio: Ongoing throughout the course [60% of GCSE]
Externally set assignment: Preparation time followed by 10 hour exam [40% of GCSE]

Possible Careers/Future Pathways:
Students who study Art and Design at GCSE can go on to study Fine Art, Photography and Textile Design at A-Level.

The skills that you learn during the course are highly transferable but are particularly useful for careers in art, art history, graphic design, fashion, game development, illustration, architecture, teaching and retail.

Year 12 and 13

Fine Art

QUALIFICATION: Fine Art (7202)
AWARDING BODY: AQA

Why study Fine Art?
In addition to gaining a huge variety of practical skills, you will learn to manage your time and motivate yourself; you will pick up research skills and learn how to take constructive criticism well. You will gain organisational skills and learn to work to a deadline.

What will I learn?
You will develop your creativity, observation, research, investigation and experimentation skills through the use of a wide range of art materials and techniques. Presentation skills, reflective, evaluative and analytical skills and knowledge of art history will also be developed.

How will I learn?
You will investigate themes and artists’ work within art projects. Students are expected to maintain working sketchbooks showing detailed investigation, artists’ research and experimental processes as evidence of developing original ideas. Students are encouraged to experience a wide range of materials and techniques, scale and concepts in producing their final pieces.

How will I be assessed?
Your overall grade is composed of 60% coursework and 40% exam.

Your coursework comprises the projects that you complete during Year 12 and 13 as well as a personal investigation which involves a written element of 1000-3000 words.

Your exam is a project with an externally set starting point which culminates in a 15 hour supervised assessment.

What are the entry requirements?
5 GCSE grades at 9 – 4 (or equivalent) including English and Maths.

Possible Careers/Future Pathways:
Students who study fine art at A-Level can go on to study a range of arts based courses at college or university.

A Level Photography

QUALIFICATION: A Level Photography (7206)
AWARDING BODY: AQA

Why study Photography?
Photography is a creative and practical course which combines technical aspects of photographic image with the creative aspect of composition. It is a course in which students can develop practical skills to express ideas through image manipulation, researching topical themes and understanding what makes an image.

What will I learn?
Students are introduced to a variety of experiences that explore a range of photographic media, techniques and processes and are made aware of both traditional and new technologies. You will develop your creativity, observation, research, investigation and experimentation skills through the use of a wide range of art materials and techniques. Presentation skills, analytical skills and knowledge of art history and photography will also be developed.

How will I learn?
You will investigate themes and artists’/photographers’ work within photography projects. Students are expected to maintain working sketchbooks showing detailed investigation, artists’ research and experimental processes as evidence of developing original ideas. Students are encouraged to experience a wide range of materials and techniques, when producing their work.

How will I be assessed?
Your overall grade is composed of 60% coursework and 40% exam.
Your coursework comprises the projects that you complete during Year 12 and 13 as well as a personal investigation which involves a written element of 1000-3000 words.
Your exam is a project with an externally set starting point which culminates in a 15 hour supervised assessment.

What are the entry requirements?
5 GCSE grades at 9 – 4 (or equivalent) including English and Maths

A Level Textile Design

QUALIFICATION: A Level Textile Design (7204)
AWARDING BODY: AQA

Why study Textile Design?
This subject will offer an exciting opportunity to embrace textile, fashion and design, looking at the design industry from an artist’s perspective. It will introduce you to the contemporary approach of the industry and encourage you to flourish as a potential textile designer, looking at a variety of techniques.

What will I learn?
Students are given the opportunity to develop skills, knowledge and practical experience in both fashion and textiles or may concentrate on one. You will develop your creativity, observation, research, investigation and experimentation skills through the use of a range of art materials and techniques. Presentation skills, analytical skills and knowledge of fashion and textile design will also be developed.

How will I learn?
You will investigate themes and artists’/designers’ work within textiles projects. Students are expected to maintain sketchbooks showing detailed investigation, experimental and research processes as evidence of developing original ideas. In addition, photoshoots, fashion shows and presentations are an important aspect of the course.

How will I be assessed?
Your overall grade is composed of 60% coursework and 40% exam.
Your coursework comprises the projects that you complete during Year 12 and 13 as well as a personal investigation which involves a written element of 1000-3000 words.
Your exam is a project with an externally set starting point which culminates in a 15 hour supervised assessment.

What are the entry requirements?
5 GCSE grades at 9 – 4 (or equivalent) including English and Maths.

Possible Careers/Future Pathways:
Students who study textiles design at A-Level can go on to study foundation art and design at college or fashion, textile design or photography at university.