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Sir William Ramsay School

Empowering Everyone to Achieve

Art

Department Staff

Miss R Warren

Head of Art

Miss M Dahl

Teacher

Mrs M South

Teacher

Mrs L Hills

Art Technician/Community artist in residence

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Curriculum Overview

Art and Design

Course Outline

The course is set over 2 years with a combination of coursework and exam. The coursework is 60% and the Exam including preparation work is 40%.

Course Content

This course is the ‘foundation’ of our GCSE provision offering the widest range of techniques and materials, with work often combining different media. The central activities throughout the course are drawing, painting and mixed media. The aim is to develop the ability to use these mediums to record observations and to visualise ideas and communicate to others in visual forms. In addition, a wide range of new materials and techniques will be explored such as printing, three dimensional work and photography / ICT manipulation. Students can also develop work in different subject areas for this subject such as 3D, Graphics and Ceramics.

Course Requirements

Students need to have good drawing skills and a good work ethic. Students need to have a keen interest in the Visual Arts to be successful on this course.

Photography

It is also possible for students to take a specialist (endorsed) GCSE course in Art Photography. These courses are targeted at students showing good skills in the arts.

Course Outline

The course is set over 2 years with a combination of coursework and exam. The coursework is 60% and the Exam including preparation work is 40%.

Course Content

This course is suitable for students working to create imagery through digital media and darkroom and manipulate this imagery through a range of photographic techniques. The aim is to develop the ability to use digital media to record observations and to visualise ideas and to communicate these ideas to others. A wide range of new techniques will be explored such as Photoshop manipulation, sculptural work, photo montage, joiners and mixed media.

Course Requirements

Students need to have a good work ethic. Students need to have a keen interest in the Visual Arts to be successful on this course.

Assessment

Throughout Year 10, progress is assessed by both the teacher and by the students themselves. The final assessment is in the form of a presentation of coursework and a controlled test towards the end of Year 11.

You can opt for both Art and Design and Photography but you should discuss this with your art teacher beforehand to assess if you are able to commit to the required time needed to be successful on both courses.

Progression

What can these courses lead to beyond Year 11?

For those who show a particular interest and aptitude the subject can be studied as an ‘A’ level subject in the Sixth Form. Currently the Art Department offers the following courses at ‘A’ level: Art and Design and Photography.

Many students from this school also go on to pursue Art and Design courses such as the Foundation Course at Bucks New University High Wycombe, and other relevant Universities. These lead to a variety of different Fine Art and Arts Degree courses and a wide range of Art & Design-based careers, such as Industrial Design, Graphic Design, Media Work, and Fashion Design. In fact, more students from Art and Design courses obtain jobs in their chosen field than from any other type of Higher Education course.

We have a 100% success rate at getting our students on to both Foundation and Degree courses. 

These options are not only of value to those wishing to pursue the subject beyond school. They can provide a chance to create and express personal ideas; it can provide enjoyment and a sense of achievement. It is a fact that Art and Design and Photography has a daily impact on our lives. Just about everything man-made we wear and use, both large and small, has been designed by someone. It is interesting to note that many business-based    courses now include a design element and employers recognise the value of creative employees. 

 

Resources:

http://www.studentartguide.com/