The Dean Trust Art, Craft and Design Curriculum intends to inspire all pupils to foster a love of learning about Art, Craft and Design and acquire the knowledge to be able to record, communicate, explore and experiment with ideas using a variety of media, materials and techniques. Pupils will develop a range of creative skills enabling them to become an effective global citizen.
Pupils will study AQA Art and Design GCSE for two years building on the Key knowledge and skills they practised and experienced at KS3. Pupils will further develop their knowledge and understanding of Art and Design and expand their repertoire by exploring and experimenting with a greater range of specialist media, materials and techniques by investigating two given themes to help pupils develop a creative and competent portfolio of Art and Design work They will do this by developing, refining and improving their Art and Design knowledge through observational drawing, painting, printmaking, textiles, mixed media and sculpture. They will learn how to research, record and develop ideas visually and via annotation, how to explore and experiment with a range of appropriate media, materials and techniques and how to think critically to be able to evaluate and refine their work to help them create personal or meaningful responses to a given theme.
Design Technology is an inspiring and rigorous subject that allows pupils to use their creativity and imagination to design and make their own products that solve real and relevant problems. Pupils learn how to take risks, be innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Pupils are able to develop and understanding of the importance of its impact on daily life and the wider world we live in.
As students’ progress to KS4 they choose an area within Design & Technology to study. This includes Engineering and Hospitality & Catering. In the chosen area, the subject allows for deeper study of the world they live in, potential career opportunities and with the skills developed at KS3 the confidence to task risks, become resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. The subjects encourages students to design and make products that solve real and relevant problems, within a variety of contexts, while considering their own and other’s needs, wants and values. Both subject areas allow pupils an insight into real life Design Technology, preparing pupils for careers in the real world.