Art Design and Technology
Welcome to the Art, Design & Technology Department
Curriculum Leader: Mr A McFadden
Members of staff…
Mrs V Lane
Miss C Moore
Ms C Broadhurst
Art, Design and Technology (ADT) is compulsory to all year 7 - 9 pupils. During year 9, the students will be asked to select their upcoming GCSE options. We follow the WJEC Art and Design Syllabus, in which the option is available for students to pursue a specialist course in; Fine Art, Photography and 3-Dimensional Design. Art and Design is also offered at KS5.
ADT is an extremely popular and successful subject in which pupil achievement across all key stages is consistently higher than both local and national trends.
During the 2008 ESTYN inspection art and design was recognised as a flagship department and was awarded the following grades:
KS 3 Grade 1; Good with outstanding features
KS 4 Grade 1; Good with outstanding features
Sixth - form Grade 1; Good with outstanding features
At the heart of the department ethos is the notion that pupils are encouraged to take ownership of their work, nurture self-discipline and develop as independent learners.
The ADT department aims to provide:
A stimulating environment that is safe and conducive to good practice.
A stimulating and balanced curriculum that will enable pupils to experience the excitement of new discoveries and the richness and benefits this subject.
Opportunities for individuals to achieve high standards of work and to reflect upon and appreciate success and failure within their work.
The ADT department aim to:
Equip pupils with the ability to respond expressively, analytically and imaginatively.
Develop pupils understanding of the relationship between content, creative process and outcomes.
Develop pupil’s technical skills in their use of a variety of materials and equipment.
Encourage and foster a sense of enquiry about visual and tactile experiences.
Equip pupils with the ability to evaluate, record and order information.
Develop the means by which pupils sensory experiences can be explored and expressed.
Enable pupils to realise their creative intentions through the acquisition of knowledge and technical competence.
Provide opportunities for personal discovery and imaginative enquiry.
Key stage 3
Three periods per week are timetabled for key stage three lessons. All pupils arrive to the department in forms, teaching groups are mixed ability and groups rotate every 12 weeks to experience a different skill and subject with a different member of staff.
During the duration of key stage three, pupils will be able to experience a number of different subjects. These include; fine art, textiles, ceramics, graphics, product design, electronics and catering. Where possible, each subject is taught by a specialist member of staff.
Each 12 week unit of work follows the same framework, to allow pupils to develop each skill fully. This framework is:
Key stage 4
Three periods per week are timetabled for all students. They arrive in mixed ability groups and it is envisaged that the same member of staff will take responsibility for teaching the group for the duration of the course. However, the students do have direct contact with other members of staff are encouraged to seek advice and guidance where appropriate
All students follow the WJEC GCSE syllabus in Art and Design with 3 main focuses of work; Fine Art, Photography and 3D design. These are broad based courses of study that allows for flexibility.
One broad based assignment and an examination is delivered over the duration of the course, each having carefully formulated objectives which in turn form the basis for assessment. The duration the assignment is forty-eight weeks and is sub divided into four key areas that in principle conforms to the template as outlined below:
Unit Year 10 Unit Year 11
1 Research & enquiry 1 Practical outcomes
2 Research & enquiry 2 Practical outcomes
3 Idea development 3 Examination Prep
4 Idea development 4 Examination
5 Idea development 5 Personal presentation
6 Practical outcomes 6 Study Leave
Students are encouraged to generate their own starting points and are expected to work with increasing independence as the course progresses. In order to do so they are issued with support material that provides guidance on creative design process. In conjunction with this all students receive a personal tutorial in which final decisions about individual assignments take place in negotiation with their personal tutors. Students also have the opportunity to take part in fieldtrips that are designed to provide a focal point and inform practical work.
Key stage 5
Five periods per week are timetabled for all students. They arrive in mixed ability groups and it is envisaged that the same member of staff will take responsibility for teaching the group for the duration of the course. However, the students do have direct contact with other members of staff are encouraged to seek advice and guidance where appropriate
All students follow the WJEC advanced subsidiary and advanced GCE syllabus in art and design which is a broad based course of study that allows for flexibility. Students may choose to pursue a specialist course involving one area of study and they also have the option to pursue a more general course which will involve experiencing at least two of the following subject areas:
Three Dimensional Design
Critical and Contextual Studies
Photography and Film
An examination and one course work assignment are delivered over the duration of a year. The duration of each assignment is in principle eighteen weeks, which is sub divided into three units of work, as outlined below:
Unit Year 12 Unit Year 13
1 Art 1 Course Work 1 Art 3 Course Work
2 Art 1 Course Work 2 Art 3 Course Work
3 Art 1 Course Work 3 Art 3 Course Work
4 Art 2 Examination 4 Art 4 Examination
5 Art 2 Examination 5 Art 4 Examination
6 Art 2 Examination 6 Art 4 Examination
Throughout the duration of the course students are expected to generate their own starting points and are encouraged to work independently when carrying out research, planning ideas and developing practical outcomes. In order to do so they are issued with support material that provides guidance on creative design process. In conjunction with this all students receive a personal tutorial in which final decisions about individual assignments take place in negotiation with their personal tutors.
Students also have the opportunity to take part in field trips and are expected to contribute towards public exhibitions.
BTEC Presentation ADT