Art & Design Overview

There are two units to complete the course.

  • Unit 1 is the portfolio of work that students work on as their coursework studies made up of several projects following a range of themes and artists/designers work.
  • Unit 2 is an externally set practical exam, lasting 10 hours for which they will have a preparation period of a few weeks before hand to develop research, artist studies and experimentation of ideas using a range of media in Art, craft and design.

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.

Year 9:

Students complete 2 projects that develop foundation of skills in Art and Design. They learn how to implement the formal elements in detail using a range of experimental media in the areas stated above. The 2 projects focus on a theme and the study of other great artists and designers work. They learn how to be analytical when making studies and develop ideas through experimenting with media and materials.

Year 10:

In year 10 students build in more depth on their skills and ability to independently respond to themes and research of other artists and designers work. The year allows students to work on a further 2 projects to add to their portfolio. Using external workshops and visits to exhibitions to enhance their work is also a focus of year 10. Students have the opportunity to develop confident responses to project briefs with an individual style and creativity.

Year 11:

The final year of the Art and Design Unendorsed GCSE is used to complete a mock exam in readiness for the externally set exam in the spring and summer semesters. Pupils will use the mock exam as an additional project for their unit 1- portfolio. In the spring term they are issued with externally set exam questions to select from a starting point to prepare for the 10 hour practical examination. Their final work is shown in an exhibition at the end of the summer semester

Textiles Overview

In Textile Design there are two units to complete the course.

  • Unit 1 is the portfolio of work that students work on as their coursework studies made up of several projects following a range of themes and artists/designers work.
  • Unit 2 is an externally set practical exam, lasting 10 hours for which they will have a preparation period of a few weeks before hand to develop research, artist studies and experimentation of ideas using a range of media in Textiles.

Students are introduced to a variety of experiences exploring a range of textile media, techniques and processes, including both traditional and new technologies.

Students are required to work in one or more areas of Textile Design, such as;

• Fashion and/or costume

• Printed and/or dyed materials

• Domestic textiles

• Constructed and/or applied textiles

• Constructed and/or stitched and/or embellished textiles.

Year 9:

Students complete 2 projects that develop foundation of skills in Textile Design. They learn how to use sewing techniques, both hand and machine, surface decoration, including applique, reverse applique, embroidery, quilting, printing methods, sublimation printing, felt making, needle felting/embellishing and fabric manipulation. The 2 projects focus on a theme and the study of other great artists and designers work. They learn how to be analytical when making studies and develop ideas through experimenting with media and materials.

Year 10:

 In year 10 students build in more depth on their skills and ability to independently respond to themes and research of other artists and designers work. The year allows students to work on a further 2 projects to add to their portfolio. Using external workshops and visits to exhibitions to enhance their work is also a focus of year 10. Students have the opportunity to develop confident construction techniques with pattern making and garment production.

Year 11:

The final year of the Textile Design GCSE is used to complete a mock exam in readiness for the externally set exam in the spring and summer semesters. Students will use the mock exam as an additional project for their unit 1- portfolio. In the spring term they are issued with externally set exam questions to select from a starting point to prepare for the 10 hour practical examination. Their final work is shown in an exhibition at the end of the summer semester.

GCSE & A Level Artwork