Art

Our Art & Design curriculum

KS3 Art Curriculum

Intent: The Schemes of Work are designed to enable our students to sequentially build their technical skills through becoming proficient in a range of materials across a range of subject matter, throughout a particular year and following into the subsequent year. KS3 consists of developing technical and designing skills in the contexts of Fine Art, Architecture, Graphic Design, Photography and Fashion.

To develop student’s creative design skills through enabling them to become independent thinkers and visually literate. Year 7 is a foundation year designed to establish student’s individual starting points, develop missing technical skills quickly based upon students varied experience and skills in Primary Schools. Hence the year focuses on two of the fundamental basics in Art and Design of Drawing and Painting. Year 8 builds upon the drawing and colour skills taught in year 7 through: Technical drawing, designing and three-dimensional realisation in Unit1. Refinements in drawing, colour, mixed media and creative designing in the context of Graphic Design and Animation in Unit 2. In year 9, all three units build upon and emphasise the vocational aspects of the subject with a view towards GCSE retention and the Creative industries. Unit 1 develops independent creative thinking and designing in a range of two-dimensional media including digital. Unit 2 develops two dimensional skills and designing in the context of Fashion design. Unit 3 develops drawing and painting to a higher level and the ability to work as part of a team collaboratively in Fine Art.

To nurture a passion and enthusiasm for Art and Design that enables students to not only succeed at KS3 and examination success at GCSE and A level, but to become the next generation of artists and designers in the Creative Industries.

Year 7Year 8Year 9
Half term 1Baseline test
Developing drawing skills
ArchitectureDoodle for Google
Half term 2Developing drawing skillsArchitectureDoodle for Google
Half term 3Colour theoryArchitectureDoodle for Google
Half term 4Colour theoryGraphic novelsFashion illustration
Half term 5Colour theoryGraphic novelsFashion illustration
Half term 6Colour theoryGraphic novelsFashion illustration

KS4 GCSE Fine Art

Exam board: AQA
Course code: 8202
Examinations: The externally set assignment is published at the beginning of January in Year 11. Students have approximately 12 weeks to develop their chosen examination question which is in the form of a theme, which is called the examination preparation and then produce a final piece based on their preparation work during a 10 hour examination.
Progression routes: Many of our students choose to go to University and study specialisms in Fine Art, Illustration, Architecture, Fashion, Costume Design and Graphic Design, and embark on careers within the Creative Industries.

Year 10Year 11
Half term 1TechniquesTransformations
Half term 2TechniquesTransformations
Half term 3TechniquesExternal exam
Half term 4TransformationsExternal exam
Half term 5TransformationsExternal exam
Half term 6TransformationsExternal exam

KS4 GCSE Photography

Exam board: AQA
Course code: 8206
Examinations: The externally set assignment is published at the beginning of January in Year 11. Students have approximately 12 weeks to develop their chosen examination question which is in the form of a theme, which is called the examination preparation and then produce a final piece based on their preparation work during a 10 hour examination.
Progression routes: Many of our students choose to go to University and study specialisms in Architectural Photography, Commercial Photography, Sports Photography, Photojournalism, Event Photography, Product Photography, Photographic Editing, Advertising Photography, Fashion Photography, Stock Photography, Film and Television Photography, Travel Photography, Education, and embark on careers within the Creative Industries.

Year 10Year 11
Half term 1The Camera and ExposureTransforming
Half term 2The Camera and ExposureTransforming
Half term 3DistressedExternal exam
Half term 4DistressedExternal exam
Half term 5DistressedExternal exam
Half term 6VanitasExternal exam

KS4 GCSE Textiles

Exam board: AQA
Course code: 8204
Examinations: The externally set assignment is published at the beginning of January in Year 11. Students have approximately 12 weeks to develop their chosen examination question which is in the form of a theme, which is called the examination preparation and then produce a final piece based on their preparation work during a 10 hour examination.
Progression routes: Many of our students choose to go to University and study specialisms in Fashion Design, Costume and Textile Design, Fashion Photography, Fashion Illustration, Fashion Communication, Advertising, Fashion Display, Interior Textile Design, Film/Television/Set Design, Exhibition and Gallery Curation, Education, and embark on careers within the Creative Industries.

Year 10Year 11
Half term 1Textures in NatureMemories/Traces
Half term 2Textures in NatureMemories/Traces
Half term 3Textures in NatureExternal exam
Half term 4Memories/TracesExternal exam
Half term 5Memories/TracesExternal exam
Half term 6Memories/TracesExternal exam

KS4 GCSE Graphic Design

Exam board: AQA
Course code: 8203
Examinations: The externally set assignment is published at the beginning of January in Year 11. Students have approximately 12 weeks to develop their chosen examination question which is in the form of a theme, which is called the examination preparation and then produce a final piece based on their preparation work during a 10 hour examination.
Progression routes: Many of our students choose to go to University and study specialisms in Graphic Design, Illustration, Advertising, Digital Design, Website Design, Games Design, Animation, Exhibition Design, Interior and Spatial Design, Medical Illustrator, Production Designer in Film/Television/Theatre, Media, Urban Design, and embark on careers within the Creative Industries.

Year 10Year 11
Half term 1Experimental TypographyIllustrated Book Cover
Half term 2Experimental TypographyIllustrated Book Cover
Half term 3Album Cover & MerchandiseExternal exam
Half term 4Album Cover & MerchandiseExternal exam
Half term 5Album Cover & MerchandiseExternal exam
Half term 6Illustrated Book CoverExternal exam

KS5 courses

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Updated | 23rd January, 2024 |

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