Creative Arts – Art and Design Technology
Creative Arts is a popular subject, allowing students to express their creativity through different mediums. Students are guided through a range of projects developing independence as they progress through the school. As well as building a good underlying knowledge of techniques and materials, students are encouraged to experiment and discover new possibilities.
In Creative Arts, students work with traditional and new media, developing confidence, competence, imagination and originality. They learn to appreciate and value images across times and cultures and to understand the contexts in which they were made. Students reflect critically on their own and other people’s work, judging quality, value and meaning. They learn to think and act as artists, craftspeople, designers, working creatively and intelligently. They develop an appreciation of art, craft and design, and its role in the cultural industry that enriches their lives as well as considering its application in today’s modern world.
Students follow an exciting and innovative curriculum across all aspects of Design and Technology, allowing them to experience a wide range of materials, ingredients and processes, from state of the art laser cutters to more traditional techniques in well‐equipped workshops and purpose built Food Technology rooms.
At Key Stage 3, students will work on a rotation, covering all aspect of Art and Technology, spending approximately 13 weeks in each. During their time in Design Technology, they will cover a range of areas, such as, Resistant Materials, Graphics and Food.
At Key Stage 4 students have the option to choose from several GCSE and BTEC courses which include – Product Design/Engineering, Art and Design, Food and Photography. Coursework in each specialism builds on work done in Key Stage 3 and students are expected to work more independently on projects, utilising modern techniques, materials and the department's modern manufacturing processes.