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The Art, Photography, and Textiles departments are located on the third floor at the southern end of the school. They consist of 6 well equipped classrooms which are all inclusive of an interactive whiteboard, as well as a photographic darkroom and a pottery kiln. The department also has unlimited access to a range of laptops for use in all classrooms. Being on the third floor means that the rooms are flooded with daylight, and have panoramic views across the rooftops towards the City of London and Docklands.

The rooms are located around a gallery display area where student work can be seen. Displays are rotated regularly displaying the work of Key Stage 5 Art and Photography students. At the end of each year, Art and Photography hold an exhibition in the main hall to celebrate students achievements and creative abilities. Students are proud to have the opportunity of inviting their teachers, friends and family to attend a private view of the work.

The department offers after school clubs on most weekdays as well as providing open rooms for students to develop their work independently most lunchtimes and during free periods.

 

Art

What do I need to know or be able to do before taking this course?
Students choosing this course should be able to develop ideas visually and show commitment and energy. You should be able to meet deadlines for coursework and be able to organise and present your ideas in work journals.
A passion for Art and Design is essential. In addition to the organised trips students are required to attend galleries.

Who is suitable for this course?
This course is suitable for students who are:

• keen to develop their visual skills
• creative, enthusiastic and imaginative
• able to sustain an investigation
• able to enjoy visits to galleries, museums, workshops and studios
• willing to experiment and take risks in their work
• willing to review their progress and make improvements

What could I do with a qualification in this subject?
There are a large selection of Art based careers ,including Graphics, Fashion, Illustration, Textiles, Theatre Design, Interior Design, as well as Ceramics and Painting. It is also useful for a career in Architecture or Art History.

The three most commonly asked questions about this course are:

How much work is involved?
You will need to produce a coursework folder together with final pieces for each unit. Coursework requires the writing of an essay 2,000-3,000 words.

What type of work will we be able to do? 
The range of material within Fine Art is quite broad and includes painting, printing, sculpture, digital photography and related software, drawing, and mixed media.

How much independent work is expected? 
The course gradually increases the level of independence expected from a student. You will always be supported and guided. A high degree of independence is required in Unit 3 and 4, which assesses your ability to use the learning, gained over the two years of the course.

Photography

What do I need to know or be able to do before taking this course?
You will need the entry requirements for the sixth form, including a Grade 5 or above in GCSE Art and Design. Students choosing this course should be able to develop ideas visually and show commitment and energy. You should be able to meet deadlines for coursework and be able to organise and present your ideas in work journals.
A passion for Art and Design is essential. In addition to the organised trips students are required to attend galleries.

Who is suitable for this course?
This course is suitable for students who are:

• keen to develop their visual skills
• creative, enthusiastic and imaginative
• able to sustain an investigation
• able to enjoy visits to galleries, museums, workshops and studios
• willing to experiment and take risks in their work
• willing to review their progress and make improvements

What could I do with a qualification in this subject?
There are a large selection of Art based careers ,including Journalism, Fashion, Theatre Design and Interior Design. It is also useful for a career in Architecture or Art History.

The three most commonly asked questions about this course are:

How much work is involved?
You will need to produce coursework sketchbooks together with final pieces for each unit. Coursework requires the writing of a critical essay of 1000-3000 words.

What type of work will we be able to do?
This course includes traditional wet photography and darkroom / film work and the use of digital equipment an editing processes. You will be using Macbooks to do most of your digital work and have oportunity to do some mixed media work too which could relate to other courses you may be studying including Textiles and Art.

How much independent work is expected?
The course gradually increases the level of independence expected from a student. You will always be supported and guided. A high degree of independence is required in the personal project section of the course which is started at the end of Year 12, which assesses your ability to use the learning gained over the 2 year course