Art at KS4

There are a range of courses on offer at KS4 - full details of each can be found in the KS4 Options courses booklet, published on our page here: http://www.meadowhead.sheffield.sch.uk/page/Default.asp?title=Option+Choices&pid=96&login=true

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Art, Craft & Design

AQA GCSE Art, Craft and Design 8201 - September 2018

This is a general art course that will use a wide variety of skills and materials. As well as drawing and painting, you may work with sculpture, printmaking, photography and lots more- it is a good course if you want to try lots of types of art. You will research artists’ and makers’ work, develop ideas and experiments with making your own art in different ways. Drawing is important so you need to be prepared to improve and practise. You will work in sketch books and on presentation sheets. Homework will develop from what you do in class, and it’s an essential part of the course.

In Terms 1 and 2 in Year 9 you will develop further skills to get you fully ready to start on the course in Term 3 of that Year.
 

3D Art & Design

AQA GCSE Art and Design – Three Dimensional Design 8205 - September 2018

Three Dimensional design is a specialist course where you will use a variety of media to create sculptural pieces such as clocks, teapots, fine art sculptures or anything else you wish to design and make. You will mainly use ceramics [clay] but the use of other 3 dimensional materials is encouraged. You will need to create sketch book work too, so research and drawing is very important. Homework is an essential part of the course. You will complete at least 2 full projects to go in your portfolio of art work. There is an ‘exam’ part of the course. This is in Year 11 and you will choose a topic from the seven given out. You have a set time to do it in. In Terms 1 and 2 in Year 9 you will develop further skills to get you fully ready to start on the course in Term 3 of that Year.
 

Art & Design - Textiles Design

AQA GCSE Art and Design – Textiles Design 8204

Students will explore and experiment with a wide range of media and processes which may include:

Constructed textiles (weaving/knitting/felting), dyeing and printing processes, fabric embellishment and fashion design. You will learn to investigate a theme thoroughly using sketchbook practice and analyse the work of relevant artists to inform creative decisions. You will develop a range of ideas based upon a set theme, experiment with appropriate techniques and evaluate the creative process throughout.

Year 9 is a foundation course which forms part of your GCSE grade. You will complete a range of projects to develop your skills.

In Year 10 and Year 11 you will produce 2 projects to complete your portfolio of work. There is an ‘exam’ part to this course, this is in Year 11 and you will choose 1 topic from 7 starting points set by the Examination Board.

Art & Design - Graphic Communications

AQA GCSE Art and Design – Graphic Communications 8203 - September 2018

Each assignment will be like a real life Art and Design brief. It is a work related course and will focus on how graphic communication is used in different ways by clients.  This could include photography, typography, animation and illustration. An example of a work related brief might be cover graphics for CDs, books or other publications. It could be to create illustrations for a magazine. You are expected to be very creative and imaginative within the constraints of a brief. You will work in sketch books and on presentation sheets. Homework will develop from what you do in class. In Terms 1 and 2 in Year 9 you will develop further skills to get you fully ready to start on the course in Term 3 of that Year.

Art & Design – Photography

AQA GCSE Art and Design – Photography  8206 - September 2018

On this course you will develop your skills in producing digital photography through developing your own work in response to a variety of themes and briefs. You will build skills in using cameras, in digital editing and most importantly, how to use your photography to explore and express your creative ideas. Researching the work of photographers, learning from them and using them as inspiration for your own work will form a vital part of the course and you will be expected to organise, present and explain your research and your own developments. This course would suit students who have a proven interest in photography and who are committed and determined to improve. They will need to be prepared to continue to develop their work outside the lesson, conducting independent photo shoots and organising images to use in school.