Art & Design

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S1/2 Art and Design Course Outline

In Art and Design all courses and component parts are intended to develop creative, analytical and critical skills. Courses include a mix of practical activities and Art and Design Studies.

Courses are flexible to allow for individual choice, in an Expressive Unit pupils can work in a variety of areas such as Portraiture, Still Life, Landscape or the Built Environment. In a Design Unit pupils can choose to work within Graphic Design, Fashion /Textile Design, Jewellery Design or Product Design.

In each unit of work pupils are encouraged to develop problem solving skills, to be individual and to take responsibility for their own learning. We aspire to provide unique experiences that are stimulating and fun, from which pupils can experiment and develop creatively.

Art and Design Studies are incorporated into each unit, through the study of Art & Design history pupils can demonstrate knowledge, understanding and appreciation of Art & Design practice.

The aims of the course are to enable learners to:

  •   communicate personal thoughts, feelings and ideas using Art & Design media, materials techniques and technologies
  •   demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of the Visual Arts and Design
  •   develop skills in creativity, problem solving, critical thinking and reflective practice.

These are our Learning Outcomes and Assessment Standards

Design Activity

Design Studies.

Learners who complete this unit will be able to describe the things that have inspired and influenced designers and their work by:

  •   learning how designers use design materials, techniques and technology
  •   understanding influences on design and designers
  •   expressing facts and personal opinions about designer’s work


  1. Practical Design Unit

Learners will undertake a design project following a specific design brief, producing creative development ideas leading to a design solution. Learners will:

  •   Identify a design area (graphics, jewellery etc) and develop a suitable brief highlighting design issues and constraints
  •   produce relevant investigation and market research in response to the brief
  •   use appropriate design materials, techniques and technology in creative ways to develop ideas
  •   select a line of creative enquiry to produce a design solution
  •   evaluate their ideas


Expressive Activity

Art Studies.

Learners who complete this unit will be able to describe the things that have inspired and influenced artists and their work by:

  •   learning how artists use materials and about different techniques, styles and movements
  •   understanding things and events that have influenced and inspired artists and their work
  •   expressing facts and personal opinions about artists work

Practical Expressive Unit

Learners will develop ideas that will lead to the production of an artwork by:

  •   selecting a suitable subject to investigate visually through drawing
  •   use a variety of media and techniques to represent the subject matter via observed drawing
  •   from the drawings develop compositional ideas for a 2D or 3D outcome.

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