ART, DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY
Welcome to the exciting faculty of creativity and critical thinking where the emphasis in on developing confidence and the individual to fulfill his or her unique potential.
The Art Department focuses on creativity and problem solving during which students are encouraged to develop confidence and build skills in many different art materials, techniques and processes. The department encourages personal expression, imagination, originality, conceptual thinking, idea development, powers of observation, an analytic ability and practical attitudes. Students reflect critically on their work and gain in their knowledge and understanding of work by other artists and cultures.
In Design and Technology, pupils combine practical and technological skills with creative thinking to design and make products or systems. These solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values.
Pupils learn to use current technologies and consider the impact of future technological developments with an understanding of aesthetic, social and environmental issues, as well as of functions and industrial practices. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world.
Objectives and Challenges
The aim of the Art Department is to provide a meaningful and rewarding experience of the arts whilst instilling a lifelong love of the arts.
In DT, the subject encourages pupils to become autonomous and creative problem-solvers, both as individuals and as part of a team. Pupils learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens.
The Academic Programme
Year 5 - 9
All students are offered a wide variety of exciting opportunities to engage with drawing, painting, sculpture and design activities to experience a variety of techniques, media and processes. The curriculum is based on the English National Curriculum Key Stage 2 for Year 5 and 6, and Key Stage 3 for Year 7 – 9.
Year 10 and 11
In Year 10, students elect to specialize in Art and follow the CAIE IGCSE two-year course in Art and Design. The component is made up of Coursework and a Controlled Exam, both of which emphasize the process as much as the end product. Students will be introduced to a wide range of artists and techniques that will allow them experiment and discover what really inspires them as an artist. This in turn will allow them to fulfill their potential and become the best artist that they can be.
Year 12 and 13
In upper school students either follow the CAIE AS/A level curriculum or IB Diploma course. Both are vigorous in nature and require commitment although offer high rewards in fostering knowledge, skills and maturity in a unique Art journey of self. The students will be given opportunities to refine their practice, whilst discovering what it takes to become a real artist. They will explore concept and their own identity as an artist, whilst also developing an understanding of how to effectively curate and present their work.
The Future in Art
Art education propels people towards creative and unexpected destinations – many of which have not even been discovered yet. IGCSE, IB and A Level Art and Design is important for Higher Education courses ranging from Fine Arts to Fashion, Interior, Jewellery, Digital, Graphic, Product or Stage Design as well as Architecture, Teaching, Art Historian, Art Curator, Art Therapist, Media studies, Photography, Photo-Journalism, Illustration, Film Special Effects, Web and Game Design, etc.
Art can be great preparation for any career that requires fine motor skills, presentation skills, an eye for aesthetics and creative thinking!