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Art & Design/Photography

Year 7

In art, craft and design pupils explore visual, tactile and other sensory experiences to communicate ideas and meanings. They work with traditional and new media, developing confidence, competence, imagination and creativity. They learn to appreciate and value images and artefacts across times and cultures, and to understand the contexts in which they were made.

In art, craft and design, pupils reflect critically on their own and other people's work, judging quality, value and meaning. They learn to think and act as artists, craftspeople and designers, working creatively and intelligently. They develop an appreciation of art, craft and design and its role in the creative and cultural industries that enrich their lives.

Year 7 provides pupils with the opportunity to acquire and develop a range of skills. Pupils have one hour a week and begin their course of study, with the introduction of the Formal Elements in Art i.e. Line, Tone, Form, Mood, Colour, Texture, Composition and Pattern. This is explored through the introduction of several artists, whilst exploring a variety of media and techniques. In art and design we aim to inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design.

Additional support for pupils is always available on request, from classroom teachers. The school library is also an area that pupils access, to support their research studies.

SEND support in Year 7 is coordinated by school SENCO. Additional resources for Pupil Premium Grant Funding are assessed on a pupil-by-pupil basis where appropriate.

Art club runs as an extra-curricular activity. It enhances pupils’ experience of art, craft and design through the creation of sets and props, requested by the Drama department, to support the school production. Pupils will also have the opportunity to investigate a range of different media and techniques, often not explored in lesson.

Pupils can find out more details about the course content from their individual Art and Design teachers.

Parents seeking additional information about the demands of the course may request it from their child’s teacher.

"Learning through the Arts reinforces critical academic skills in reading, language arts and math and provides students with the skills to creatively solve problems."

Michelle Obama

Year 8

To reinforce learning, pupils in Year 8 move on to more sustained art, craft and design projects, which touch on all the formal elements but within the context of the particular project they are following. Pupils have the opportunity to explore different media, processes and techniques in more depth, taking inspiration from the specific artists and designers they explore. These are often geared towards more specialist areas in art, craft and design, such as ceramics and graphics.

What pupils learn in Art and Design

Creativity:

Pupils show creativity when they play with ideas and generate different approaches, responding to purposeful tasks in imaginative ways to produce original images and artefacts. Originality can be defined in relation to pupils' own previous work, the work of their peer group or what others have produced in a range of historical contexts.

Exploring and Experimenting:

Exploration should be purposeful. Pupils could draw on their exploration to evaluate their successes and failures and propose next steps.

Taking Risks and Learning from mistakes:

Pupils should be confident risk takers, trying out new ideas and processes without fear of failure.

Competence:

This includes competence in skills needed for different types of art, craft and design practice. Pupils need to be able to apply these skills when investigating, analysing, thinking, designing, making, reflecting and evaluating.

Analysing:

This is a key element of practical explorations, development of ideas and critical studies. Evidence of analysis may be seen in discussions and visual and other forms.

Designing:

This includes designing for different purposes and vocational and work-related practice.

Evaluating:

Evaluation is a continuous process and should include evaluation of the initial choice of subject and materials, of work in progress and of outcomes.

Cultural Understanding:

Pupils are able to explore the culture of their society, the groups in which they participate and questions of local and national identity.

Contexts:

This includes work-related contexts that reflect the creative and cultural industries.

Critical Understanding:

Analysis and critical evaluation are key aspects of the creative process and essential life skills. Pupils need to develop these skills in relation to the world around them, as well as their own and others' creative outputs.

Developing Their Own Ideas and Expressing Reasoned Judgements:

This includes developing an appropriate language to express thoughts and ideas, and evaluating and making judgements based on a set of values that are either given to the pupils or that they create themselves.

Additional support for pupils is always available on request, from classroom teachers. The school library is also an area that pupils access, to support their research studies.

SEND support in Year 8 is coordinated by school SENCO. Additional resources for Pupil Premium Grant Funding are assessed on a pupil-by-pupil basis where appropriate.

Art club runs as an extra-curricular activity. It enhances pupils’ experience of Art, Craft and Design through the creation of sets and props, requested by the Drama department, to support the school production. Pupils will also have the opportunity to investigate a range of different media and techniques, often not explored in lesson.

Pupils can find out more details about the course content from their individual Art and Design teachers.

Parents seeking additional information about the demands of the course may request it from their child’s Art and Design teacher.

Year 9

At St. Patrick's we follow the AQA exam board for GCSE Art and Design/Photography. Its specification is relevant and engaging and reflects the latest developments including new media practice.

The Year 9 pupils who select to study GCSE Art and Design or Photography, will have three hours each week and will embark on a three year GCSE Art and Design/Photography programme of study.

The projects devised for Year 9 are specifically created to enable the pupils, in their first year, to gain as much experience of the many different areas that Art/Photography have to offer. This encourages more independent learning and enables pupils to identify the areas in which their strengths my lie.

GCSE Art and Design

The course of study followed is art, craft and design. This title promotes learning across a variety of experiences and through various processes, tools, techniques, materials and resources to generate different kinds of evidence of working and outcomes.

This title enables pupils to explore and create work associated with areas of study from at least two titles listed below.

Fine art: for example drawing, painting, sculpture, installation, lens-/light-based media, photography and the moving image, printmaking, mixed media and land art.

Graphic communication: for example communication graphics, design for print, advertising and branding, illustration, package design, typography, interactive design, (including web, app and game), multi-media, motion graphics, signage and exhibition graphics.

Textile design: for example art textiles, fashion design and illustration, costume design, constructed textiles, printed and dyed textiles, surface pattern, stitched and/or embellished textiles, soft furnishings and/or textiles for interiors, digital textiles and installed textiles.

Three-dimensional design: for example architectural design, sculpture, ceramics, product design, jewellery and body adornment, interior design, environmental/landscape/garden design, exhibition design, three-dimensional digital design and designs for theatre, film and television.

Photography: for example portraiture, location photography, studio photography, experimental imagery, installation, documentary photography, photo-journalism, moving image: film, video and animation, fashion photography.

For further information about this follow the link:
http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/art-and-design/gcse/art-and-design-8201-8206

GCSE Photography

Photography is defined as the practice of producing images using light-sensitive materials such as photographic film or digital methods of development and production, to create static or moving images.

GCSE Photography has been, since its introduction, a very successful and popular option at St. Patrick’s. Pupils study areas within Photography including portraiture, environment, still life photography and documentary photography and are encouraged to explore these fields of study creatively, whilst still ensuring the required skills set is acquired.

At the start of the course it is beneficial but not essential, that pupils have their own camera to facilitate the pursuit of photography outside of school hours and to broaden the breadth of subject matter. In school however, pupils have access to a range of cameras from compact point and shoot cameras to the more advanced SLR's.

A number of our past pupils have gone on to successfully study Photography at A Level and Degree Level.

In the past pupils have won national competitions and have been invited to photograph events of local importance as the Salford Film Festival and the Salford Triathlon. Pupils have also had their work exhibited at The Lowry, Salford Quays.

During the course, pupils will develop and apply the knowledge, understanding and skills specified in their projects, to realise personal intentions relevant to photography and the selected areas of study. For further information about this follow the link:
http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/art-and-design/gcse/art-and-design-8201-8206/subject-content/photography

Course Structure

The Art, craft and design/Photography GCSE course of study consists of two components:

Component 1: (coursework) which represents 60% of the overall mark. Pupils must provide a portfolio that in total shows coverage of the four assessment objectives. One sustained project evidencing their journey that covers all the assessment criteria and a selection of further work undertaken during the student’s course of study.

Component 2: (externally set assignment) represents the remaining 40%. The pupil will select from a number of options/starting points, set by the AQA exam board. Pupils will have a preparatory period, that begins the first day back in January, of their final year, and last for approximately three months. This is then followed by 10 hours of supervised time.

Assessment

The exams and non-exam assessment will measure how students have achieved the following assessment objectives.

  • AO1: Develop ideas through investigations, demonstrating critical understanding of sources.
  • AO2: Refine work by exploring ideas, selecting and experimenting with appropriate media, materials, techniques and processes.
  • AO3: Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions as work progresses.
  • AO4: Present a personal and meaningful response that realises intentions and demonstrates understanding of visual language.

SEND support in Year 9 is coordinated by school SENCO. Additional resources for Pupil Premium Grant Funding are assessed on a pupil-by-pupil basis where appropriate.

After school sessions are regularly available to support pupils as well as enhance their learning.

Pupils can find out more details about the course content from their individual Art and Design/Photography teachers.

Teachers of Art and Design/Photography also encourage pupils (aged 13) to create their own Pintrest account. This is a fantastic resource and will really enhance the pupils’ research for their projects.

Parents seeking additional information about the demands of the course can access information via the AQA website (web addresses above). They may also request it from their child’s Art and Design teacher.

Year 10

Year 10 pupils continue to explore processes, media and techniques on their specific course of study. They become a lot more independent in thought and trough their explorations of their chosen topic. The second year of the course enables pupils to explore visual, tactile and other sensory experiences to communicate ideas and meanings, whilst working with traditional and new media, developing confidence, competence, imagination and creativity.

Pupils are consistently encouraged to reflect critically on their own and other people's work, judging quality, value and meaning. Their knowledge and understanding of the formal elements, embedded since Year 7, helps them articulate themselves both verbally and through written annotation.

GCSE Art and Design Year 10

The course of study continued in Year 10 is art, craft and design. This title promotes learning across a variety of experiences and through various processes, tools, techniques, materials and resources to generate different kinds of evidence of working and outcomes.

This title enables pupils to explore and create work associated with areas of study from at least two titles listed below.

Fine art: for example drawing, painting, sculpture, installation, lens-/light-based media, photography and the moving image, printmaking, mixed media and land art.

Graphic communication: for example communication graphics, design for print, advertising and branding, illustration, package design, typography, interactive design, (including web, app and game), multi-media, motion graphics, signage and exhibition graphics.

Textile design: for example art textiles, fashion design and illustration, costume design, constructed textiles, printed and dyed textiles, surface pattern, stitched and/or embellished textiles, soft furnishings and/or textiles for interiors, digital textiles and installed textiles.

Three-dimensional design: for example architectural design, sculpture, ceramics, product design, jewellery and body adornment, interior design, environmental/landscape/garden design, exhibition design, three-dimensional digital design and designs for theatre, film and television.

Photography: for example portraiture, location photography, studio photography, experimental imagery, installation, documentary photography, photo-journalism, moving image: film, video and animation, fashion photography.

For further information about this follow the link:
http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/art-and-design/gcse/art-and-design-8201-8206

GCSE Photography Year 10

Photography is defined as the practice of producing images using light-sensitive materials such as photographic film or digital methods of development and production, to create static or moving images.

GCSE Photography has been, since its introduction, a very successful and popular option at St. Patrick’s. Pupils study areas within Photography including portraiture, environment, still life photography and documentary photography and are encouraged to explore these fields of study creatively, whilst still ensuring the required skills set is acquired.

At the start of the course it is beneficial, but not essential, that pupils have their own camera to facilitate the pursuit of photography outside of school hours and to broaden the breadth of subject matter. In school however, pupils have access to a range of cameras from compact point and shoot cameras to the more advanced SLR's.

A number of our past pupils have gone on to successfully study Photography at A Level and Degree Level.

In the past pupils have won national competitions and have been invited to photograph events of local importance as the Salford Film Festival and the Salford Triathlon. Pupils have also had their work exhibited at The Lowry, Salford Quays.

During the course, pupils will develop and apply the knowledge, understanding and skills specified in their projects, to realise personal intentions relevant to photography and the selected areas of study. For further information about this follow the link:
http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/art-and-design/gcse/art-and-design-8201-8206/subject-content/photography

Course Structure

The Art, craft and design/Photography GCSE course of study consists of two components:

Component 1: (coursework) which represents 60% of the overall mark. Pupils must provide a portfolio that in total shows coverage of the four assessment objectives. One sustained project evidencing their journey that covers all the assessment criteria and a selection of further work undertaken during the student’s course of study.

Component 2: (externally set assignment) represents the remaining 40%. The pupil will select from a number of options/starting points, set by the AQA exam board. Pupils will have a preparatory period, that begins the first day back in January, of their final year, and last for approximately three months. This is then followed by 10 hours of supervised time.

Assessment

The exams and non-exam assessment will measure how students have achieved the following assessment objectives.

  • AO1: Develop ideas through investigations, demonstrating critical understanding of sources.
  • AO2: Refine work by exploring ideas, selecting and experimenting with appropriate media, materials, techniques and processes.
  • AO3: Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions as work progresses.
  • AO4: Present a personal and meaningful response that realises intentions and demonstrates understanding of visual language.

SEND support in Year 10 is coordinated by school SENCO. Additional resources for Pupil Premium Grant Funding are assessed on a pupil-by-pupil basis where appropriate.

After school sessions are regularly available to support pupils as well as enhance their learning.

Pupils can find out more details about the course content from their individual Art and Design/Photography teachers.

Teachers of Art and Design/Photography also encourage pupils to create their own Pintrest account. This is a fantastic resource and will really enhance the pupils’ research for their projects.

Parents seeking additional information about the demands of the course can access information via the AQA website (web addresses above). They may also request it from their child’s Art and Design/Photography teacher.

Year 11

In the first term of Year 11, pupils will work on their individual targets and carry out further modifications and refinements, to enhance their portfolio. Coursework completion deadline for Art and Design and Photography is December, at the end of term three. Pupils will then begin their externally set exam, from January 2nd, (details below).

Course Structure

The Art, craft and design/Photography GCSE course of study consists of two components:

Component 1: (coursework) which represents 60% of the overall mark. Pupils must provide a portfolio that in total shows coverage of the four assessment objectives. One sustained project evidencing their journey that covers all the assessment criteria and a selection of further work undertaken during the student’s course of study.

Component 2: (externally set assignment) represents the remaining 40%. The pupil will select from a number of options/starting points, set by the AQA exam board. Pupils will have a preparatory period, which begins the first day back in January, of their final year and last for approximately three months. This is then followed by 10 hours of supervised time.

Externally set assignment for Art and Design and Photography (exam)

This will be distributed to pupils on January 2nd, of the pupils’ final year.
AQA will provide a separate externally set assignment for each title, each with seven different starting points. Students must select and respond to one starting point from their chosen title.

The externally set assignment provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate, through an extended creative response, their ability to draw together different areas of knowledge, skills and/or understanding in response to their selected starting point.

The extended creative response must explicitly evidence students’ ability to draw together different areas of knowledge, skill and/or understanding from initial engagement with their selected starting point through to their realisation of intentions in the 10 hours of supervised time.

Assessment

The exams and non-exam assessment will measure how students have achieved the following assessment objectives.

  • AO1: Develop ideas through investigations, demonstrating critical understanding of sources.
  • AO2: Refine work by exploring ideas, selecting and experimenting with appropriate media, materials, techniques and processes.
  • AO3: Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions as work progresses.
  • AO4: Present a personal and meaningful response that realises intentions and demonstrates understanding of visual language.

For further information about this follow the link:
http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/art-and-design/gcse/art-and-design-8201-8206

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/art-and-design/gcse/art-and-design-8201-8206/subject-content/photography

SEND support in Year 11 is coordinated by school SENCO. Additional resources for Pupil Premium Grant Funding are assessed on a pupil-by-pupil basis where appropriate.

After school sessions are regularly available to support pupils. This is a crucial year for Year 11 and they take priority. Attendance to these additional sessions is very important.

Pupils can find out more details about the course content from their individual Art and Design/Photography teachers.
Teachers of Art and Design/Photography also encourage pupils to create their own Pintrest account. This is a fantastic resource and will really enhance the pupils’ research for their projects and especially for their preparation for their externally set assignment.

Parents seeking additional information about the demands of the course can access information via the AQA website (web addresses above). They may also request it from their child’s Art and Design/Photography teacher.


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