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Hungerhill School Hungerhill
School

Art, Craft, and Design

Art, Craft, and Design is a journey in which the destination is not always known. It is a journey of self-discovery, taking detours to explore and be inspired by new media, techniques, and ideas. The three year journey is sign posted and you will stop off to study the work of different groups of artists and designers, e.g. the pop artists, cubists, surrealists, and contemporary artists, including photographers and artists using ICT, who will influence you to produce your own art work. Graphical products and developments from your own practical work will give a solid understanding of how design is used in our everyday life.

Mrs J Robertson
Curriculum Leader

Art and Graphics KS3

Main skills developed in Year 7: Main skills developed in Year 8:
  • ​observation
  • imagination
  • appreciation (critical analysis of other artists' and designers' work) through a range of different media and techniques
  • research
  • evaluation
  • communication
  • ICT
  • activities which develop a range of skills within a variety of contexts, which support individual, independent, analytical, and creative thinking which run throughout the course.
  • ​observation
  • imagination
  • appreciation - critical analysis of the work of other artists and designers
  • analysis of existing designs
  • pictorial composition including perspective
  • research
  • problem solving and communication
  • experimentation with various media and analysis of results
  • ICT
  • evaluation
  • activities which develop a range of skills within a variety of contexts, which support individual, independent, analytical, and creative thinking which run through the course.
​How parents can help to support their son's/daughter's learning in Year 7: ​​​How parents can help to support their son's/daughter's learning in Year 8:
  • ​Ensure your child brings protective clothing when needed, soft (e.g. 2B) pencil crayons to every lesson.
  • Look at, talk about, portraits by different artists and designers, visiting galleries and museums where possible.
  • Encourage your youngster to draw in their sketchpad for pleasure. Drawing from observation is particularly helpful in developing skills.
  • ​Ensure your child brings protective clothing when needed, soft pencil (e.g. 2B), rubber, pencil crayons to every lesson.
  • Look at, and talk about, art work by different artists, designers, and crafts people, visiting galleries and museums where possible.
  • Encourage your youngster to draw in their sketchpad for pleasure. Drawing from observation is particularly helpful in developing skills.

Art, Craft, and Design KS4 

Exam Board:

AQA

Qualification:

GCSE

Assessment:

Coursework 60%

Externally-set Terminal examination 40%

Outline of course content:

You will learn that art, craft, and design is about you, your ideas 
and opinions, likes, and dislikes. You will become more independent
and have the chance to really study a theme in depth. You will also
have the opportunity to express yourself through thematic projects, e.g. 'You are the star', still-life, illustration, and surrealism.

Outline of course structure:

You will study a general art, craft, and design course in Years 9 and 10, covering many of the available areas of study. This will allow you to develop the skills needed in order to specialise in one of these areas of study in Year 11.

You will then pursue your chosen area, developing your personal interests and strengths, for the final coursework project, and in preparation for your ten-hour externally-set examination which takes place in the spring term of Year 11.

Careers using Art, Craft, and Design:

This is a very wide area! It covers, amongst others, fine art, photography, ceramics and pottery, textiles and fashion, 3D design, jewellery and metal, sculpture, interior work, graphics, advertising, multimedia and web.

Job ideas might include:

  • graphic design – working for a magazine or website to produce imagines and layout

  • photography  - the whole range, from photo journalism to being a self-employed wedding photographer
  • textiles and fashion – working on fabric production and manufacture to designing clothes for the high street. Maybe working for a major store and making the decisions about which clothes to stock in a shop
  • interior design – helping people plan their rooms, colour schemes, layout, style, and ‘look’
  • advertising and branding – working for an agency to help promote and sell products, producing campaigns and displays
  • galleries and museums – helping put together displays and exhibitions
  • product and 3D design – making things! Everything goes through a design process, however small or large
  • TV and theatres – creative people are required to produce TV and theatre sets and costumes 
  • jewellery making, crafting, animation, illustration, pottery – the list can be very long.

Progression:

A-level Art is offered by the vast majority of sixth forms and colleges. Some also offer A-Levels in Design, Fashion, Textiles, and Photography. The range of University courses is also huge, including all of the above and more. Specialist ‘art’ colleges, such as The Glasgow School, Slade, Chelsea, London School of Fashion etc. offer many degree programmes and are very popular. The range is so wide that a popular option after A-Levels is to complete a ‘pre University’ foundation course at your local college to experience lots of different aspects of art. This allows a more informed choice to be made about University.