Mrs F Ward (Leader of Learning)
Mr R Cahoon / Ms A Magee
Mrs U Cosgrove
Mr A Gregory (Art Technician)
The Creative Industries are the fastest growing area of the economy and are vital to economic success. Studying Art, Craft and Design creates a pathway to a career in a creative industries-related field.
Art helps students develop key transferable skills such as creativity, innovation, higher level thinking skills and problem solving. It encourages students to find alternative approaches and take risks in their work. It also develops in depth knowledge of Art and Design through research and practical activities, intellectual capabilities and independent approaches to learning.
The Art & Design Department is equipped with three large teaching class rooms, a Sixth Form Studio area and MAC computer suite as well as two kilns, specialist ceramic areas and printing presses in each classroom and the Studio
Key Stage 3
Pupils explore a range of media and have the opportunity to use many Art and Design techniques. The Key Stage 3 programme is as follows:
- All About Me project on theme of personal identity, designing and creating picture names.
- Self-portraiture using Photoshop and Photo booth
- Drawing: introduction to Drawing skills – how to observe and record shape and tone.
- Colour: introduction to Theory and use of Colour – how to mix and apply paint.
- Print-making ; creating Mono-prints.
- Researching how other Artists’ work and styles of Art
- Drawing and Printmaking using Nature as a theme
- Textiles: Using fabric printing and applique to create a textile wall-hanging.
- Fashion Illustration: Researching and creating Paper Dress using sewing techniques.
- Ceramics: introduction to using clay – creating texture, designing and making a hybrid monster pot
Unit 1: Mixed Media Portraiture (examination project)
- Drawing, painting and pastels: tonal and colour studies of parts of the face.
- Contextual Research: Research on a variety of Artists work and styles.
- Painting: Create a 4 part portrait of their choice, using 4 different styles of art.
Unit 2: Animation
- Introduction to 2D and 3D AnimationConstruction
- 2D Animation: Making a Flipbook
- 3D Animation: Creation of synopsis and storyboard for animation.
- Use of ICanAnimate, I-Movie software and still life objects to film and edit animation.
Unit 3: 3D Shoe Design
- Shoe research : Looking at construction and design
- Design 3D shoe on a theme of their choice.
- Construct and decorate Shoe Sculpture
Key Stage 4
Art is an optional subject at KS4.
Year 11 & 12 GCSE CCEA Art and Design
This is a two year course. Pupils are encouraged to develop a range of skills following four main assessment criteria in response to a theme.
Unit 1: 60% Core Portfolio – comprising PartA: Exploratory Portfolio and
Part B : Investigating the Creative and Cultural Industries
Unit 2: 40% Working to a Stimulus (examination project)
Possible materials and techniques that can be used are: drawing, colour media, ceramics, textiles, photography, printmaking, Photoshop, sculpture, fashion, etc. Where possible, we encourage input from artists and encourage visits to galleries to experience Art first hand.
Key Stage 5
Year 13 GCE A level AQA Art and Design
The course has four units: two at AS level and two at A2 level:
AS 1: 60% of AS Experimental Portfolio
AS 2: 40% of AS Personal Response to a Theme (Examination project)
A2 1: 60 % of ALevel Personal and Critical Investigation (including a 1000-3000 word written investigation)
A2 2: 40% of ALevel Thematic Outcome (Examination Project)
Students continue to develop their skills, working in an increasingly personal manner, exploring aspects of art they find interesting. Pupils are expected to use contextual work to influence the development of their ideas and outcomes. Pupils develop a strong portfolio of work which can lead to advanced study of Art at university.
Year 14 students are completing the existing AQA A level Art and Design
AS 1: 30% Coursework Portfolio
AS 2: 20% Externally Set Assignment
A2 1: 30% Personal Investigation
A2 2: 20% Externally Set Assignment
Students continue to develop their skills, working in an increasingly personal manner, exploring aspects of art they find interesting. Pupils are expected to use contextual work to influence the development of their ideas and outcomes. Pupils develop a strong portfolio of work suitable for application to advanced study of Art at university.
Art visits (Currently on hold due to Covid 19 – This is what we did last year)
Year 10: Arts Council Project visit to the Royal Ulster Academy’s exhibition at the Ulster Museum
Year 12: Creative Industries workshops with various local artists and visit to NBALC exhibition at Duncairn Arts Centre. Visit to Royal Ulster Academy’s exhibition at the Ulster Museum and Botanic Gardens.
Year 13: The department has a strong record of students going on to study Art at university.