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Curriculum: KS3 Art and Design

Key Stage

Content

Assessment

3

 

 

 

 

KS3 Art & Design

In Year 7 & 8 students explore and experiment with a range of techniques, skills and processes so they become equipped and skilled young artists, ready to embark on a GCES in any creative subject by Year 9.

Through their KS3 experience at Whitefield School, students are privileged to experience exciting and engaging projects in painting, contemporary sculpture, textiles, graphic design, photography, ceramics and traditional drawing skills.

Students also have the opportunity to attend one Art & Design trip each year, visiting Trafalgar Square and The Saatchi Gallery in Year 7 and The Tate Modern in Year 8.

How and when the students are assessed.

Students are assessed in the same way the GCSE in Art & Design is assessed, using the four assessment objectives (developing, refining, recording and presenting) This gives the student’s valuable time to gain a strong understanding and knowledge of the four strands, so they are prepared for GCSE studies in Year 9.

Each half term students are given marks out of 20 for each of the four objectives, to give a combined total out of 80. This score determines their overall NC level.

Students have opportunities to engage and interact with their levels each half term and to set themselves aspirational targets to improve each assessment objective in response to regular teacher/student dialogue and marking.


GCSE Art and Design

Key Stage

Content

Assessment

4

 

GCSE textiles

 

 

 

 

Textile Design GCSE

The GCSE in Textile Design is a course that encourages students to explore their individuality through experimenting with open ended themes that encourage original and initiative pieces of Textile Art work.

Student voice is central to the themes and topics developed on the course, and it is our belief that students should engage with topics and themes that interest them.

Students will learn a variety of skills on the course, including Photoshop, Print making, sewing, felting, batik, and weaving.

Students will use these skills to create exciting outcomes that blur the lines between art and textiles.

Project 1: ‘Collections’

Working to the theme ‘collections’ students will produce a pattern design that can be used on a clothing collection. Students will produce patterns using a variety of textile techniques and you will then use Adobe Photoshop to edit and produce their final pattern designs.

Project 2: ‘Textures and Feelings’

Working to the theme ‘Textures and Feelings’ students will produce a piece of work that blurs the boundaries between textiles and art. This piece can be a painting, a sculpture or a hanging piece…the sky is the limit. Students will be introduced to more complex textile techniques and skills and will also visit an art gallery to get inspiration for this piece of work. This project allows for truly individual and unique pieces of work.

 

Unit 1: Personal Portfolio

60% of final grade

The personal portfolio will be a collection of the student’s best work that demonstrates their ability to develop work from a starting point through to a final piece. Students are required to have two final pieces of work for their portfolio, so they will study two short projects that will allow them to produce two exciting and imaginative final pieces. Students will work on these projects from September – January.

Unit 2: ESA

40% of final grade

Students will be working on the exam unit from February – April. The exam paper is given to students at the end of January.

AQA specification: Art and Design: Textiles

http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/art-and-design/specifications/AQA-ART-GCSE-SP-2016-V1-0.PDF

GCSE

3D

3D Design GCSE

Students start the course by looking at Furniture design where they are asked to design their own pieces of furniture. They look into and research about contemporary furniture design and use this as first point of inspiration to design their own furniture.

Students visit the V&A museum which gives them further inspiration to design.

The second project focuses on Architecture and the Built Environment in which we live.

During this project, students look at various Architectural Designs and analyse these in detail to develop understanding of them. They then design through different mediums, including sketching, drawing, modelling and develop their designs into a final complete model. 

 

During both projects, students experiment with various design and making techniques, including the use of CAD/CAM. Modelling and mock-ups are used as a tool to design and visualise ideas quickly in Three-Dimension.

 

 

 

 

 

Unit 1: Personal Portfolio

60% of final grade

The personal portfolio will be a collection of the student’s best work that demonstrates their ability to develop work from a starting point through to a final piece. Students are required to have two final pieces of work for their portfolio, so they will study two short projects that will allow them to produce two exciting and imaginative final pieces. Students will work on these projects from September – January.

 

AQA specification: Art and Design: 3D

http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/art-and-design/specifications/AQA-ART-GCSE-SP-2016-V1-0.PDF

 

Unit 2: ESA

40% of final grade

Students will be working on the exam unit from February – April. The exam paper is given to students at the end of January.

 

GCSE
Art & Design

During the GCSE course, students create a personal portfolio of work and develop their own ways of working in 2D and/or 3D. 

Students take part in trips during the course, which include visits to the Saatchi Gallery and artist workshops at The Victoria and Albert Museum. These trips and experiences feed into their ideas and inspiration for the body of work they have created.

 

Throughout the course students respond to a variety of themes which they have developed into personal and meaningful portfolios. Students are set an external assignment (ESA) and these themes act as starting points from which students are encouraged to independently develop their own styles. They make links to artists work and the world around them to challenge and extend their creativity.

 

Unit 1: Personal Portfolio

60% of final grade

The personal portfolio will be a collection of the student’s best work that demonstrates their ability to develop work from a starting point through to a final piece. Students are required to have two final pieces of work for their portfolio, so they will study two short projects that will allow them to produce two exciting and imaginative final pieces. Students will work on these projects from September – January.

 

Unit 2: ESA

40% of final grade

Students will be working on the exam unit from February – April. The exam paper is given to students at the end of January.

 

AQA specification

http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/art-and-design/specifications/AQA-ART-GCSE-SP-2016-V1-0.PDF

Art (Fine Art) A Level

Entry Criteria

In order to study Fine Art A Level, students must achieve at least 5 A* to C grades at GCSE level including English and at least a C grade in Art GCSE.

Why study Fine Art?

This course offers students an intellectually stimulating, creative, practical and personal learning experience. The course aims to offer students       opportunities to explore and investigate areas of personal interest and curiosity. This is done through visual research and experimentation, often enabling students to deepen their understanding of their other subjects by facilitating their ability to make links and widen their understanding. The course balances learning across skills, knowledge and understanding –   valuing the contribution practical visual enquiry makes to research and learning habits.

What do I study?

The course combines a structured approach to the introduction of key skills, concepts and knowledge with a tailored personal approach which enables students to develop their personal strengths and interests. Typically, lessons will include: discussions, practical work, presentations, tutorials, visual  research, and skills/materials workshops. This breadth and variety provides a stimulating, challenging and creative approach to learning.

AS – over 1 year

Unit 1

Unit 2

Coursework

In this unit, students will have opportunities to generate practical work, ideas and  research from primary and contextual sources. They will experiment with media and processes, and develop and refine their ideas, presenting their outcomes.

 

Externally Set Assignment

This unit represents the             culmination of the AS course. The paper consists of one broad-based thematic starting point. The unit is planned with guidance during the preparatory period, encouraging independence in the development of ideas, intentions and responses

 

A2 Linear – over 2 years

Unit 1

Unit 2                                                   

Coursework

This unit incorporates two linked elements, each with separate final     outcomes: Practical work and Personal study. The investigation and        development for both the Practical work and Personal study will be shown through supporting studies.

 

Externally Set Assignment

This unit represents the culmination of the A2 course. The paper consists of one broad-based thematic starting point. The unit is planned with guidance during the preparatory period, encouraging independence in the  development of ideas, intentions and       responses.

 

 

How am I assessed?

 

The AS and A2 course are internally assessed and externally moderated.

Students can take AS or A2 in Fine Art. The courses offered is a linear two year course. However after the first year if the students wish to cash in the AS course and take the A2 course it is worth 50% of the final A2 grade.


Coursework is worth 50% of the final A2 grade.

Where next?

Art and Design provides an excellent grounding for students wishing to pursue further studies in Art and Design, such as a pre-degree Foundation Courses, degree courses, Higher National Certificate courses and Diplomas. Students applying for courses in all areas of visual culture will find the AS/A2 Art and Design course enriching as it offers the students a great sense of achievement and creativity.  Students show the ability to self direct their own projects from initial ideas all the way through to final completion.