Key Stage 3
Art, craft and design at KS3 inspires and challenges students, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art. Students are timetabled one Art lesson each week at Key Stage 3. As students progress, they will be able to think critically and develop a better understanding of art and design. They will learn how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation. Students will produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences in many forms such as drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques.They will study a range of great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.
Key Stage 4
Students will learn how to integrate critical, practical and theoretical study in art, craft and design that encourages direct engagement with original work and practice. Students will be expected to demonstrate practical skills in the context of specific chosen areas of study or any combined areas of study from the following areas:
- Fine Art: drawing, painting, mixed media, sculpture, land art, installation, printmaking, photography
- Textile Design: fashion and costume, printed and/or dyed fabrics and materials, domestic textiles, constructed and/or stitched and/or embellished textiles
- Three-Dimensional Design: ceramics, sculpture, installation
- Photography: including theme-based photography (portrait, landscape, still-life, reportage), documentary photography, photo-journalism, narrative photography, experimental imagery, photographic installation.
Key Stage 5
An A level in Art and Design encourages students to develop: intellectual, imaginative, creative, investigative, analytical,experimental, practical, technical and expressive skills. The ability to gain aesthetic understanding and critical judgement, independence of mind in relation to developing their own ideas. Developing an interest in, and enjoyment of art, craft and design experience of working with a broad range of media, including traditional and new media technologies an understanding of the interrelationships between art, craft and design processes and an awareness of the contexts in which they operate.