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Art and Design - Key Stage 3

In the Lower School Art and Design is taught to all pupils. Students are taught in classes of around 25, taking National Curriculum Art, Craft & Design at Key Stage 3, in Years 7 - 9.

The Basic Elements of the subject are taught and developed throughout a student's school life. These are:

  • Line
  • Shape
  • Form
  • Colour
  • Tone
  • Pattern
  • Texture
  • Space

Students are encouraged through experimentation, research, and practice to respond to a variety of media and skills including:-

  • Drawing -pencil, pen, charcoal, chalk, pastel, crayon.
  • Painting and Collage - powder, watercolour, poster, mixed media.
  • Printmaking - mono, lino, wood, impress, reduction.
  • 3D Studies - ceramics, model making, sculpture, construction.
  • Creative Textile Design - decorative and fashion skills, fabric dyeing, painting, dress and needlework skills, furnishing and exteriors.
  • Critical Appraisal - including self appraisal andhistorical studies in context with units of work set.
  • Computer-Aided Art & Design - Use of a computer to research, develop units of work.

Students are expected to use a workbook to record ideas, research, critical and historical context and evaluate work (at all levels).

Students in the Senior School work towards GCSE, 'AS' and 'A' level in Art and Design.

Art and Design - GCSE

Art & Design

Course - AQA 4201

Within this option block, students can explore all aspects of Art and Design.

For all disciplines, students should:

  • Undertake visual research using primary and secondary sources, record observations, create ideas and look at art work first hand.
  • Develop and realise ideas, modifying them where appropriate.
  • Understand and use a range of materials, techniques and technology
  • Know, understand and be influenced by a range of art, craft and design (ranging from contemporary to traditional, and including cultural influences).

Students will be expected to attend two external visits in year 10 and 11 which vary from year to year depending on the project. These have previously been:

  • Kew Gardens
  • The Victoria and Albert Museum
  • The National Gallery
  • The Fitzwilliam Museum

Visit to the Tate & British Museums Presentation

They will also be expected to complete a minimum of 2 hours homework per week.

Students will create 2 units of coursework over Year 10 and Year 11, and will sit a 10 hour terminal exam at the end of Year 11.
60% of the overall marks are for coursework
40% of the overall marks are for the terminal examination.

Further information is available from the head of department.

Art and Design - A Level


Course - AQA 1201A & 2201A

This course is designed to encourage students to:

  • Develop their interest of, and enjoyment in, the study of art and design, fostering its value in lifelong learning.
  • Develop personal responses to ideas, observations, experiences, environments and cultures work from their own strengths and interests within the remit of the specification.

Pupils choose one endorsement for study throughout AS and A2.

AS outline

At AS candidates are introduced to a variety of experiences employing a range of media, processes and techniques appropriate to the chosen area of study:

  • AS Unit 1 Coursework Portfolio
  • AS Unit 2 externally set assignment

A2 outline

At A2, candidates are required to build upon the knowledge, understanding and skills gained in AS with greater depth of study:

  • A2 Unit 3 Personal Investigation
  • A2 Unit 4 Externally set assignment

Pupils are able to explore a range of materials, techniques and processes that they have encounter at GCSE level and develop further along with new processes and technologies. Independent learning is encouraged throughout the course, with continued written and verbal feedback from their teacher.

For more information please see the document downloads on the Sixth Form section of our site

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