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Course Description

If you just can’t stop yourself drawing, making and designing; if you like to work with your hands and your brain; if you are happy getting messy, and like a hands-on approach to learning, this is the course for you!

This is a three year course which will give you the opportunity to work in the following disciplines; Drawing and Painting, Graphic Design, Photography, Glass, Textiles, Mixed-media, Ceramics and Three-Dimensional design.

In Year 9 we focus on developing practical skills and an understanding of the course structure and requirements. This includes at least one extended project that will involve independent research and analysis, design development and through production of a final outcome.

In Years 9, 10 and 11, students work on additional extended projects for their coursework submission. In January of Year 11 students are given a controlled test question. They have at least 8 weeks to complete research and design work for their chosen question and have 10 hours under exam conditions to complete a final outcome.

Throughout the course students are encouraged to develop individual skills and personal  interests. The approaches to study will vary between projects, but will cover the following:

· Observational study; work which is based on direct observation and analysis. Materials-based study; skills development and exploration of the qualities and characteristics of materials.

· Thematic study; producing artwork in response to a chosen theme or topic.

· Critical and Historical study; researching and analysing the work of other artists and then applying that knowledge to enrich your own work.

· Problem-solving study; producing and presenting a range of creative solutions to a design brief.

Assessment structure

Unit 1: Coursework Portfolio produced in Years 9, 10 and 11 will be worth 60% of total mark.

Unit 2: Final examination in Year 11 will be worth 40% of total mark.

Special Features

There will be opportunities to attend several organised trips to major art galleries and museums to engage with artworks and conduct research for the coursework portfolio as  well as a variety of practical workshops with various working artists to develop skills.

Students will be asked for a contribution towards their sketchbooks and A2 portfolio to be used for the duration of the course. They are also encouraged to invest in basic art materials to allow for further independent experimentation and development of work at home.