ART & DESIGN


Mission Statement
All pupils in KS 3 (yrs 8, 9, 10) study Art & Design and can choose to study it in KS 4 (yrs11 – 14). Pupils are encouraged to develop thinking skills, creativity, flexibility, visual awareness and presentation skills in a wide range of two and three dimensional materials, techniques and processes.

Key stage 3 course outline
Pupils work in 6-8 week blocks. Each block is a theme exploring various artistic techniques i.e. drawing, painting, printing, clay work, photography and 3D construction. Themes are devised to incorporate other subject areas e.g. English, Music, PE, History, Geography etc. The work also introduces them to a range of artists and designers (e.g. Graphic designers, Architects, Fine artists, Ceramicists)

Key Stage 4 course outline
In years 11 to 14, pupils are offered Btec qualifications. In year 11 - Btec 1st certificate (equivalent to 2GCSEs) and in year 13 - Btec National award (1 A’Level). These courses are vocationally and practically orientated which means they explore how Art & Design is used in industry and the workplace. This involves working to design and fine art briefs, presentations and deadlines. All units covered are coursework based which means they build up a portfolio to pursue a career involving Art & Design. For example, a HND or to apply to University to study fine or applied arts, with courses including ceramics, textiles, digital imagery, Media, fashion, graphics, interior design and jewellery at degree level.
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Pupils who choose Art & Design find they have opportunities to develop skills useful beyond their subject area. These are useful in the workplace even if the pupil does not follow an Art career. These abilities include being creative in a more general sense, having flexibility of thought, visual awareness and presentation skills. It all encourages them to think differently about their individuality, identity and their contribution to society.
Over the past five years the results in CBS for Art & Design have gone from strength to strength. We have 100% pass rate in both yr12 and yr14, well above the national average. We have also forged excellent links with SERC (south eastern regional college), that provide extra support for our senior classes.

Extra curricular activities
Our pupils have been involved in various projects in and outside school eg mural work. Check out the photo gallery of work in St Aidens primary school.


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