Art and Design

KS3

Y7 - In Year 7 students begin in Autumn with the Formal Elements of Art, a skills based project which underpins the core art skills needed through Art and Design. Later in the year, we build on these skills via the projects: Sea Creatures or Bugs and Pop Art. Homework is set half termly and students get 2 weeks to complete it.

Y8 - In Year 8 students begin in Autumn with the Formal Elements of Art, a skills based project that refines skills learned in Year 7 further developing the core art skills needed through Art and Design. Later in the year, we build on these skills via the projects: Portraiture and Natural Forms. Homework is set half termly and students get 2 weeks to complete it.

Y9 - In Year 9 students begin in Autumn with the Formal Elements of Art, a skills based project that refines skills learned in Year 7 and 8 embedding the core art skills needed through Art and Design at all levels. Later in the year, we build on these skills via the projects: Gargoyles and Street Art. Homework is set half termly and students get 2 weeks to complete it.

KS4

GCSE Edexcel: Art and Photography

Learners will be introduced to a variety of experiences; exploring a range of two-dimensional and three-dimensional media, techniques and processes, including both traditional and contemporary themes and approaches.

 

Current projects in Year 10 Art are Natural Forms and Food & Drink.

Current projects in Year 11 Art are Inside Outside and the Exam Unit.

 

Current projects in Year 10 Photography are Intro to Photography, Natural Forms, Food & Drink.

Current project in Year 11 Photography are Portraiture and the Exam Unit.

  • Component 1 is 60% of the final GCSE grade. This is completed throughout year 10 and the start of year 11.
  • Component 2 is 40% of the final GCSE grade. This is the Exam Unit in year 11. Students will sit a 10-hour practical exam in the summer of year 11.

Art and Photography packs are offered at a cost that include essential equipment to extend learning outside of the classroom. Students are expected to complete sketchbook/preparatory studies, which cover the assessment objectives, as well as completing folder work to develop ideas towards a final outcome. Homework is set weekly.

 

KS5

A Level: Edexcel Art and Photography.

Learners will enter A Level Art or Photography having previously studied the subject at GCSE. They will be introduced to a variety of experiences; exploring a range of two-dimensional and three-dimensional media, techniques and processes, including both traditional and contemporary themes and approaches.

 

Current projects in Year 12 Art are Identity and Project TBC.

Current projects in Year 13 Art are Passions and Obsessions and the Exam Unit.

 

Current projects in Year 12 Photography are Identity and Project TBC.

Current project in Year 13 Photography are Variations and Similarities and the Exam Unit.

  • Component 1 is 60% of the final A Level grade. This is completed throughout year 10 and the start of year 11.
  • Component 2 is 40% of the final A Level grade. This is the Exam Unit in year 13. Students will sit a 15-hour practical exam in the summer of year 13.
  • 3000 word Personal Investigation written essay will be started in year 12

Art and Photography packs are offered at a cost that include essential equipment to extend learning outside of the classroom. Students are expected to complete sketchbook/preparatory studies, which cover the assessment objectives, as well as completing folder work to develop ideas towards a final outcome. Homework is set weekly.

 

Photography 

GCSE

The GCSE course is intended for those learners who are interested in creative photography. The learners will be introduced to a variety of experiences; exploring a range of photographic techniques and processes, including both traditional and contemporary methods.  Students are expected to complete a photography portfolio that displays technical aptitude and idea development - this involves experimenting with manual and digital manipulation programmes as students work towards an outcome.  Each project is themed, and each student is encouraged to develop an idea independently and take responsibility for their learning.

The course is 60% controlled assessment - this is made up of work from throughout the first part of the course and the mock examination.

The examination (Externally Set Assignment) is worth 40% of the final GCSE grade.  Students will display their work in an exhibition, in the final term, in preparation for final assessment and moderation.

 

Key Stage 5

Students enter our Edexcel A-Level Photography (Lens-based media) at an advantage if they have previously studied Art and Design or Photography at GCSE level.

 

Component 1:

Contrasts and Art as Photography

Component 1 (personal portfolio) consists of two projects which explore the basics of photography, lens-based media and image manipulation.  Students are encouraged to have their own digital SLR (single-lens reflex) camera in order to work independently.

Personal Investigation/Portfolio including a written assignment

Students will be encouraged to research the work of other photographers which relates to their personally selected theme.  Students will shoot on location and in the studio in order to create exciting outcomes.  This part of the course requires a 'Personal Study' which is a 1,000 + word essay.

 

Component 2: Externally Set Assignment (including 15 hours timed examination)

The externally set assignment is based on a theme set by the exam board.  Photography students will be encouraged to take photographs and design photoshoots in response to the theme.  Students will have a 15 hour examination period to produce a sophisticated outcome.