Art and Design Technology
Our aim is to make learning exciting. We have a bright and visually stimulating environment to work in and you will use a variety of tools, machinery and resources to design and make a wide range of high quality products. We have excellent ICT facilities and computer aided design and manufacturing equipment including a laser cutter, cutter plotter, digital cameras, scanners and colour printing facilities.
As well as class based work there are opportunities to work with artists and designers from galleries. We regularly enter students’ work into local and national competitions and students have the opportunity to take the Arts Award qualification at Bronze and Silver level. You will have the option to study GCSE Fine Art, Food Preparation and Nutrition and Product Design during Key Stage 4.
At Key Stage 3, you will work with a wide variety of high quality materials and experiment with interesting techniques such as, print making, photography and clay as well as using more traditional painting and drawing skills.
You will have your own personal sketchbook in which to experiment, design and produce final pieces of work. You will look at the work of professional artists using the schools art collection, books, internet and social media to influence and develop your own art work.
At Key Stage 4 students can opt to take the AQA GCSE Fine Art course which provides students with a wide range of creative, exciting and stimulating opportunities to study Art. Students will work independently to create personal and individual work exploring a variety of media including painting, sculpture, printmaking and photography.
The faculty is open at lunchtimes and after school so that students can use the facilities and get extra support to extend their studies or catch up with missed work.
At key stage 3 you will study Food and Nutrition and Product Design and will look at products made by other people as well as designing and making products of your own.
You will produce a folder containing design and research work in both areas and make many exciting high quality products which you may take home. Whilst doing practical work you will get the opportunity to use a wide range of equipment and machinery including a laser cutter, cutter plotter, a vacuum former and CAD software.
There are two GCSEs available in Design Technology at Key Stage 4. The AQA GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition course gives students the chance to learn more about nutrition, meal planning, food preparation and safety. The AQA GCSE Product Design course teaches students to develop their own design ideas and have first-hand experience of making their own innovative products. They have the opportunity to work independently using a range of materials, tools and machinery and also learn about sustainability, ergonomics and packaging.