‘A better life through design’
In Design we encourage students to become autonomous and creative problem solvers, both as individuals and as part of a team. It enables them to identify needs and opportunities and to respond by developing ideas and making products. Design allows students to combine practical skills with an understanding, of aesthetic, social and environmental issues, as well as functions and industrial practises. This allows them to reflect on and evaluate present and past design, its uses and its impacts.
The contributions Design brings to the curriculum are:
• To be innovative and willing to take risks when designing and making.
• To ask questions and keep asking questions.
• Be aware of current issues e.g. SMSC and how Design operates within the environment and society.
• Appreciate that there isn’t always a clear answer or one answer.
• Enables students to work creatively and collaboratively.
• Independent learning that leads to problem solving.
• Allow the students to build up knowledge and skills of materials and processes.
The contributions Food brings to the curriculum are:
• Present opportunities for students to learn life skills.
• To understand the importance for hygiene and safety.
• To encourage a healthy nutritious diet through informed choices.
GCSE course offered
Art and Design Textiles
Art and Design: Textiles is a creative and technical subject building lifelong skills and problem solving. Textiles students combine practical and technological skills with creative thinking to design and make projects that meet consumer needs. Students learn to use current technologies and consider the impact of future technological developments. The focus of the course encourages research and development of ideas through a variety of creative processes which in turn produces a variety of unusual yet practical textile outcomes.
Work can develop and evolve in either two or three dimensions and there are opportunities to produce surface and decorative fabrics, Interior design, fashion garments and accessories.
The GCSE Art and Design textiles course is entirely practical in content, involving no written examination. Pupils will be assessed on two units of course work and one other project taken under exam conditions.
A number of trips to interesting and inspirational exhibitions are undertaken during the two years.