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Art & Design

DEPARTMENT AIMS

We aim to:

  • Encourage a spirit of inquisitiveness and exploration in all pupils;

  • Enable all pupils to have an appreciation and understanding of historical and contemporary artworks;

  • Develop our pupils as individuals who understand the power of ideas and original thinking;

  • Encourage our gifted pupils and enable them to explore artworks and techniques beyond the scope of our schemes and specifications; and

  • Highlight the diversity of careers in the creative industries and give solid advice on suitable progression paths.

 

OUR ART ROOM

We a very fortunate to have a large open plan department with 3 teaching areas and a sixth form space. Pupils from all year groups frequently use our network of computers and ceramics kiln. In addition to these facilities our pupils also have opportunities to screen print, produce textile pieces, undertake film and animation projects, make and construct 3D artworks, complete special projects and enter art, photography or filmmaking competitions.

OUR STAFF

Mr. Bradley is our Head of Department and our Designer and Filmmaker.

Mrs. Kirkpatrick is our Fine Artist and Art Historian.

Mrs. McCahon is our Ceramist.

Mr. Getty is technician and Photographer.

EXTRA-CURRICULAR

- Art Club

- Film Club

ART AT KS3

Key Stage 3 Art is fun. All pupils are given the opportunity to experience a wide range of media and techniques. We also research the work of artists, designers and filmmakers both past and present. The aim at KS3 is to get pupils to create and engage with artworks, think creatively and to express their own ideas.

 

Topics covered include:

Year 8

Core Skills in Drawing, Painting and Colour Theory

Collage, Character Design and Ceramics work based on sea creatures

Graphic Design – Movie Posters

Paper Cut – Stop Motion Animation

Year 9

Photography and Photoshop (Album Covers)

Ceramics (Slab Building) – based on architectural forms

Storyboarding for Film/Animation

Spaghetti Western Film Project – based on the work of Sergio Leone

Year 10

Self-Directed Project (inc. Careers in Art / Design)

Christmas Music Video Project

The Human Face (Mixed Media)

The Human Body (Wire Sculpture)

KS3 GALLERY OF WORK

GCSE ART

In Dalriada we are very flexible in our approach to topic areas and techniques covered at GCSE level. We have a few set projects that all pupils undertake (e.g. Printmaking, Ceramics, Photography, Core skills in Drawing and Painting) but we also encourage our pupils to explore the topics and techniques that interest them. This makes the Art department a very bustling and busy place, but it lets our pupils really develop as individuals.

 

We currently offer CCEA’s Art and Design specification, and the units are as follows:

Component 1: Part A: Exploratory Portfolio

This portfolio presents evidence of the candidate’s journey of discovery through several art forms and techniques. There are several areas we cover as a class and the candidate is also free to explore their own areas of interest.

Controlled Assessment

(Internally Marked - Externally Moderated)

25%

Component 1: Part B: Investigating the Creative and Cultural Industries

Candidates choose an area or role within the creative industries and study the working practices and creative opportunities that role offers. They then undertake a project where they take on the roles and responsibilities of that career and produce a series of work based on a brief or commission of their own choosing.

Controlled Assessment

(Internally Marked - Externally Moderated)

35%

Component 2: Externally Set Assignment

Pupils produce research and exploratory work on a given theme. How the candidate chooses to address the theme and the creative decisions they make are their own. The coursework will include practical and written work, research on related artists and will result in a final outcome.

The final outcome is completed during a supervised examination period.

Externally Set Assignment

(Internally Marked - Externally Moderated)

40%

GCSE GALLERY OF WORK

GCSE MOVING IMAGE ARTS

 

GCSE Moving Image Arts is unique in the UK, giving students the opportunity to develop audiovisual literacy and creativity through hands-on learning in the craft of moving image arts.

Students develop a broad critical understanding of film language, narrative, representation and audience in both theory and practice. They investigate films from a variety of genres and contexts, demonstrating the ability to analyse and evaluate creative purpose. They also experiment with a range of film-making techniques, including animation, and create their own complete moving image portfolios. Students acquire a range of skills on this course such as leading and working with teams and managing resources and creative processes independently, with initiative and creative enterprise.

 

We currently offer CCEA’s Moving Image Arts specification, and the units are as follows:

Component 1: Critical Understanding of Creative and Technical Moving Image Production

A one and a half hour online exam during which pupils answers question on:

- film language;
- genre and representation;
- creative production techniques;
- production management; and
- industry contexts.

Controlled Assessment

(Internally Marked - Externally Moderated)

40%

Component 2: Acquisition of Skills in Moving Image Production

Pupils compete the following tasks:

- Task 1: Storyboarding;
- Task 2: Camera Work and Editing (combined skills areas);
- Task 3: Postproduction Sound; and
- Task 4: Stop-Motion Animation.

Controlled Assessment

(Internally Marked - Externally Moderated)

20%

Component 3: Planning and Making a Moving Image Product

A portfolio of work containing:

- Research Analysis (including a synopsis) and Evaluation;
- a Screenplay and Storyboard;
- a Shotlist, a Shooting Schedule and Director’s Notebook with evidence of production research, design development and production management; and
- a 2 minute narrative Film (if animated, this can be 40 - 60 seconds long).

Controlled Assessment

(Internally Marked - Externally Moderated)

40%

GCSE SHOWCASE

SIXTH FORM ART

 

We offer two distinct Art pathways at sixth form.

Art, Craft and Design – Combined Studies, and

Photography and Lens-Based Media.

These courses have separate content but share the same unit structure and assessment.

 

Our AS and A2 pupils are given a considerable amount of freedom in selecting the topics and techniques they will use. Throughout the course they are given guidance on the direction of their projects, but the creative impetus is all their own. This approach allows for a diverse range of projects to be completed and enables each pupil to explore their own particular areas of interest and tailor their portfolios for entry to specific university courses. As a result, our past pupils can be found in careers as diverse as theatre and fashion design, architecture, 3D animation and special effects, documentary filmmaking, teaching and many others.

 

We currently offer CCEA’s Art and Design specifications, and the units are as follows:

AS 1: Experimental Portfolio

Students develop, explore and record ideas in a range of areas/techniques. This exploration is used to generate ideas for the personal response in AS2.

 

Teachers assess students’ work, and CCEA moderate their marks.

50% of AS Level

20% of A Level

AS 2: Personal Response

Students present a personal outcome in response to a given theme. Students bring this final piece to completion during a 10 hour controlled test.

Teachers assess the controlled task, and we moderate their marks.

50% of AS Level

20% of A Level

A2 1: Personal and Critical Investigation

Written and practical work into a topic/area of the student’s choice inform each other and are integrated, but are marked separately. Students will study an artist or area of Art and then produce project work based on what they have learned.

Teachers assess the practical investigation, and CCEA moderate their marks. 40% of A2 - 24% of A level

Written investigation 1000–2000 words – externally assessed
20% of A2 - 12% of A level

60% of A2

36% of A Level

A2 2: Thematic Outcome

Students present a personal outcome in response to a given theme. Students bring this final piece to completion during a 15 hour controlled test.

Teachers assess students’ work, and we moderate their marks.

40% of A2

 

24% of A Level

SIXTH FORM GALLERY OF WORK

SIXTH FORM MOVING IMAGE ARTS

 

Moving Image Arts at AS and A2 level is a considerable step up from GCSE. Pupils now have full creative control over the films that they make. They are expected to write, plan, direct and edit their own short film. This requires creativity, excellent organisational, time management and people skills not to mention the perseverance and determination to see their project through to completion. These are valuable skills, sought by employers and third level education courses. MIA is unique in giving pupils the opportunity to directly develop these skills. These will enable our pupils to excel in any field of work.

 

We currently offer CCEA’s Moving Image Arts specifications, and the units are as follows:

AS 1: Moving Image Arts Creative Production: Foundation Portfolio

Compulsory Coursework (Internally Marked – Externally Moderated)

 

Pupils write, plan, shoot and edit their own 3-5 minute short film or animation.

70% of AS Level

35% of A Level

AS 2: Moving Image Arts Critical Response

90 Minute Online Examination

30% of AS Level

15% of A Level

A2 1: Moving Image Arts Creative Production and Research: Advanced Portfolio

Compulsory Coursework (Internally Marked – Externally Moderated)

 

Pupils write, plan, shoot and edit their own 5-7 minute short film or animation.

35% of A Level

A2 2: Moving Image Arts Critical Response and Specialisation

135 Minute Online Examination

15% of A Level

SIXTH FORM SHOWCASE