Art and Design (CCEA)
People have been doing art and design since cavemen painted inside their caves and made primitive tools to the present day worlds of modern art and commercial computer graphics.
As experienced teachers we are committed to helping each and every student reach their full potential and achieve the best possible final results. Our students have in the past achieved equal firsts in the country and have had their work selected for the national school exhibition, which we also go to see each spring term. Within the school, our overall results compare very well with other departments.
The course itself offers each student the opportunity to develop the skills and insights needed to express their own unique thoughts, feelings and ideas.
It is allocated 5 periods per week (approx. 3 hours) and there is a chance to continue this practical work during our lunchtime Art Club. Extension work, outside of school, will mostly be resource and research based so students will clearly need a good camera and access to a working computer and colour printer.
The Coursework (Unit 1)
In the first year we help students to settle into the course. They select a theme for a major Art project and we work closely with them to develop their technical skills, show them how to research effectively and also how to experiment with a variety of media and materials before creating a final piece. In the second year, up to Christmas, they work on their own chosen major design project, independently researching their topic and completing a final piece. This requires a self-motivated and well-organised approach and also a willingness to act quickly on the individual feedback they are given.
Please note that work produced over this time is used for the final GCSE course assessment and it should be clearly understood by students that with finished coursework any marks they get in reports, etc. are a very real indication of their level of achievement.
The Examination (Unit 2)
With coursework completed exam papers are issued in January of Year 12 and the research for this assignment (30%) is completed over the next two months before they create a final piece (10%) during the two day exam near Easter. Success in the actual exam is clearly reliant on working well in the previous weeks to fully complete the required research.
Work is reviewed and marked on an ongoing basis and specific advice is offered to each student on further research and possible developments to help them improve their marks. Students will select their best work from the whole course for assessment in the May of Year 12 and this is limited to a total of 20 A2 pages. Work should then be collected by students in the following October.
Please note that a small percentage of this student work will be retained by the school, some of which will be for display within the school.
Scheme of Assessment
The Portfolio of Coursework. (Approx. 12 A2 pages)
This will reflect your skills and personal creativity.
It is continually assessed and marked by your teacher.
The Externally Set Assignment. (Approx. 8 A2 pages)
An examination set by the examination board.
Also marked by your teacher.
Marking for both units are then double checked by visiting moderators in the summer term.
In the Senior school there is a large general studio, a 3D workspace, a print and textiles area and a main storeroom. The school library is well stocked with books and dvd's on Art and Design and we regularly make good use of the nearby computer suites. These facilities help students to both resource and research their own topics but also to investigate the fantastic creative work of the past, understanding both the people who made it and the thinking behind it.
We, the staff in the department, offer an extensive knowledge in a broad range of skills and techniques which we use to facilitate and support students in their work. Extension work outside of school lessons is actively encouraged, especially if a student falls behind with the set work due to unforeseen circumstances. To do a good job students need the right tools, so they must have a basic minimum set of materials consisting of an A3 folder, drawing pencils, watercolour and acrylic paints, a set of brushes and an A2 display portfolio. To save students time and money we sell a selection of these materials at the start of each school year.
We expect students to have shown an interest and some ability in the subject at Key Stage 3 in the Junior School. They must be well-organised and work to meet the set deadlines. During the course they will be taught and marked in three key areas; research, technical skills and creativity.
The Creative Industries in Britain are highly respected across the world with many Universities offering a broad range of carefully structured vocational courses. Recent surveys of employers tell us that what students learn in this subject is clearly in line with what they want from the young people they will employ. They are interested in young people who can problem solve, think creatively, work independently and communicate effectively.
Any of our students who successfully complete the GCSE course with an A*,A or B grade and have shown potential will be encouraged to consider A-Level Art and Design which leads to careers such as:-
- Art Director
- Town Planner
- Stained Glass Designer
- Audio Visual Engineer
- Games Designer
- Fashion Designer
- Film Editor
- Art and Design Teacher
- Commercial Designer
- Interior Designer
- Furniture Maker
- Product Designer
- Costume Designer
- Set Designer
- TV Designer
- Textile Designer
- Art Therapist
- Web Designer
- Package Designer
- Landscape Architect
- Exhibition Worker
- Design Engineer
- Model Maker
- Visual Merchandiser