Curriculum Detail – Art/Fashion/Photography

Year 7

We begin with an artist’s Toolkit in year 7 as a skills foundation and introduction to reasons for making art – this develops into units of work to develop creative responses; mapping art genres, themes, disciplines and artists. Students also get to experience a pathway unit to explore further areas within the art disciplines; including textiles and photography.
Unit 1 – The artists Toolkit
Unit 2 – Sea Life
Unit 3 – Landscape
Specialist Pathway – Insects or Plastics

Year 8

In year 8 we aim to give students further experience of different art practices with longer projects; which develop into individual student outcomes similar to GCSE. Students also engage with social issues such as the self and other cultures. Unit 1 – Identity Unit 2 – African unit – Bedomase School link Unit 3 – Branding in Design

Year 1 Option Art

This course is all about having an adventurous and enquiring approach to art and design and developing skills for self-expression.  We develop an understanding of past and cotemporary art and design practise and produce art in response.     

The course is in two sections coursework (60% of final mark) and an externally set exam (40% of final mark). The coursework is split into two projects on a given theme e.g. ‘Food and drink’ or ‘ I, Me, Mine’ These projects involve developing an idea, experimenting with different materials, analysing works of art, recording work and realising an idea in a series of sustained outcomes. The timed test paper is set by the exam board (EDEXCEL) and follows the same format as the earlier projects but with a bigger emphasis on independent work. The final piece of art is produced under exam conditions for 10 hours split over two days  

Year 1 Option Fashion

This is a course with a fashion focus within an Art and Design specification. There are three school based units and an external unit set by the exam board.
Every project is linked to a vocational scenario.

Unit 1 is begun as an introduction to a variety of art specialisms and skills such as painting and drawing, photography, computer design, illustration, printmaking and textile specific skills; this is linked to a theme of recycling. 

Unit 2 covers communicating ideas in 2D using Fashion Illustration. The brief is linked to a project that has previously set by Epson. The work will be predominately 2 dimensional and will emphasise design skills. 

Unit 3 is based on how to create a professional portfolio and how to present this to a group of people. 

Unit 4 is a creative project set by the exam board and the final outcome will be completed under supervised conditions in a 10 hour period over two days.
You will be assessed continuously throughout the course and tracked against specific objectives at Pass, merit and distinction level.

1-YR Option Photography

This course is all about having an adventurous and enquiring approach to Photography and developing skills of expression. We develop an understanding of past and cotemporary practise and produce art in response, as well as the necessary technical skills.

The course is in two sections coursework (60% of final mark) and an externally set exam (40% of final mark). The coursework is split into three projects on a given theme e.g. ‘Nature and Landscape’ ‘Identity’ and ‘Movement.’ Each project builds on taught technical skills linked to the camera, lighting and composition as well as editing on the computer. These projects involve developing an idea, experimenting with different techniques, analysing works of art, recording work and realising ideas in a series of sustained outcomes.
The timed test paper is set by the exam board (EDEXCEL) and follows the same format as the earlier projects but with a bigger emphasis on independent work. The final piece of art is produced under exam conditions for 10 hours split over two days

Year 12/13 Art

This is a two year course with one external exam in the final summer term. All work produced is assessed as coursework. Photography is taught alongside the general art and Design course, with students choosing to specialise after an induction period.

This course is designed to help students experience a range of art specialisms before concentrating on one area.
Specialism’s Include Painting, photography, Printing, Creative Textiles, Sculpture, Illustration, Digital art, Graphic Communication, Mixed media etc.

Coursework – This is a body of coursework and a personal study. To begin students are introduced to a wide range of working methods under the themes of Identity, Journey or Fantasy/ fiction. Later students choose their own theme linked to an interest. A sketchbook is used to document ideas and to form links with other artists.
The personal study is an investigation of an artist, theme or movement, which relates to the practical work. This is in a visual and written format - 1000-3000 words.

Photography - It will be assumed that students have some knowledge already of Photography and editing skills as this is not an introduction course but an opportunity for students to develop ideas within independent based portfolio projects. Students will need access to their own camera. Photography includes works in film, video, digital imaging and light-sensitive materials. It is also a requirement of the specification that they draw out and plan ideas, as well as experimenting with a range of materials and techniques. 

Year 12/13 Fashion

This is a two year specialist course with one external exam in the final summer term. All work produced is assessed as coursework
This course is designed to let students experience a range of textile working methods from fashion illustration, constructed textiles, pattern design, fine art textiles, and soft interior design.

Coursework – This is a body of coursework and a personal study. To begin students are introduced to a wide range of working methods under the themes of Variations and Similarities and Food. Later students can choose their own theme to explore in a specialism of their choice. A sketchbook is needed to document your ideas and to form links with other artists.
The personal study is an investigation of an artist, theme or movement, which relates to their practical work. This is in a visual and written format 1000-3000 words. 

Updated 20/11/2019

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