Art and Design – The Big Picture
“Imagination is more important than knowledge …” Albert Einstein
- Mrs L. James – Head of Department
- Mrs E. Hill
- Mrs S. Watson
- Miss J. Mandle
Applied Art and Design (KS5)
Students will achieve a double award e.g. AA, BA, BC etc. with the equivalent University points it is effectively two A levels! Students will work with a wide range of materials and techniques with the purpose of helping them to express ideas, beliefs, opinions etc. in a visual way. The work of contemporary designers and Artists as well of those from other times and cultures will be an important and integral part of the course, as is the importance of social and historical context. Group projects and work for the community will be encouraged as will contact with Art and Design companies, Businesses, Galleries, Artists and Designers.
Assessment is continuous throughout the course. AS – 6 units, A2 – 6 units and a final grade is reached by combining all 12 units together. 8 projects over the 2 years are externally set and moderated. These follow broad based schemes allowing students to make a personal response.
The most important skill is that of independent learning and thinking. Each student can control their own pathway through largely personal investigation through one to one negotiation with teachers. By the end of year one students will begin to specialise, set their own assignments and take personal ownership of their work.
Coursework and examination work will require increasingly personal responses you will be asked to make connections between your own work, others work and the wider world.
(SPIRITUAL, MORAL, SOCIAL, CULTURAL)
In year 10 we organise a trip as part of the Curriculum Enhancement Day in the Summer term.
An Arts trip to either Paris or London is usually organised departing some time in the Summer Term.