The South Wolds Academy and Sixth Form

Art, Design and Technology

The courses taught within each Key Stage are outlined below. If you have any further queries, please email the appropriate head of subject.

Their email addresses are:

Please note that these email addresses are not monitored daily but we will endeavour to reply within 3 working days.

KS3 Art

Course Overview

Year

Autumn

Spring

Summer

7

 

Drawing

  • Line
  • tone
  • texture
  • Proportion
  • Leonardo Da Vinci

Painting

  • Colour Mixing
  • Colour Theory
  • Post Impressionism
  • Pointillism

Printing

  • Design work
  • Repeat Pattern
  • Digital work
  • Mono Printing
  • William Morris

 

8

3D (Rotation 1)

  • Drawing (grid method)
  • Gargoyles research
  • Design work
  • Clay Gargoyles

Painting (Rotation 2)

  • Colour theory & mixing
  • Impressionism research
  • Canvas Painting
  • Digital Painting

 

9

Drawing and Painting (Rotation 1)

  • Acrylic paint
  • Pen and Ink
  • Digital painting

Pre GCSE (Rotation 1)

  1. Fine Art based work
  2. Photography digital based work
  3. Portraiture/Free choice

How To Help

Read the Art Targets and GCSE Level boundaries in KS3 sketchbooks. These are used to assess and target students to support progress and understanding.

Researching key artist and techniques to extend understanding of creative art outside the classroom.

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KS3 DT

Course Overview

At Key Stage 3 students are timetabled to have 3 periods of Design & Technology per fortnight and rotate around 4 different Design & Technology subjects. Each block of study is between 5 and 10 weeks long, depending on the year group, and usually follows the format of completing a design and make task in the material area being studied.

We offer Textiles, Graphic Communication and Product Design as long modules with smaller Food modules within these to allow students to have some Food practical experience in Years 7 and 8. Design & Technology is also currently in rotation with Computer Science, so 25% of the year will be spent completing projects within this subject area.

Projects currently offered at KS3 (these are subject to change):

 

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Graphics

Jon Burgerman Inspired Tote Bag (Photoshop, bag for life environmental issues & artist study)

Pitch It: Branding & Packaging Design Project (Photoshop & packaging nets and symbols)

Graphic Illustration Project: Julian Opie Inspired Portraits & Saul Bass Inspired Movie Posters (Adobe Illustrator & paper cutting)

Magazine Layout Project (Typography & Desktop Publishing)

Product Design

Balloon Powered Car (Basic workshop skills)

3D Printed Articulated Lamp Project (3D printing & workshop skills)

Laser Cut Nightlight Project (2D CAD & workshop skills.)

Architecture Project (materials & modelling)

Textiles

Mexican Day of the Dead Cushion (Basic sewing machine skills & transfer printing)

Lucy Sparrow Fabric Containers (artist study, applique, buttons & zips)

Fabric Manipulation Project (making a garment influenced by Alison Willoughby, Iris Van Herpen or Issey Miyake.)

Embroidered Portraits Project (Screen printing & embroidery)

Food

Fruit Salad

Fruit Crumble

Scones

Bakewell Tart

Chicken/Quorn Curry

American Muffins

N/A

How to help

  • Students will require drawing equipment and pencil crayons to complete homework design tasks.
  • Any research homework set can be emailed directly to teaching staff if you do not have a printer, email addresses are usually given on Show My Homework, but if you are unsure email dt@southwolds.notts.sch.uk with the name of the student and teacher it is for and we will print it for them.
  • Ask your son/daughter about what they are doing in D&T and encourage them to come to lunch sessions to finish practical work if they have been unable to complete it in lessons so that they can bring it home.
  • Contribute towards the financial cost of our subject by paying the one-off voluntary contribution of £25 online to Design & Technology to contribute towards material costs for projects for the 3 years of KS3.

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KS4 Fine Art

 

10 Fine Art

Autumn/Spring

Spring/Summer

 

(Key Skills)

  • Drawing Pencil/Pen
  • Photography
  • Acrylic
  • Watercolour
  • Printmaking
  • Digital
  •  3D

Independent project

Students specialise in chosen media/s to develop an independent project based on the 4 core objectives.

  • Contextual links and understanding
  • Experimenting with media
  • Recording ideas
  • Personal response

11 Fine Art

Autumn

Spring/Summer

 

Independent Project

  • Contextual links and understanding
  • Experimenting with media
  • Recording ideas

Personal response

Exam Prep

Jan 1st exam papers.

Students choose 1 of 7 possible starting points

Exam Prep/Exam

Final 10 hour exam in April

Supporting materials

GCSE graded exemplar course and exam work (sketchbook)

GCSE graded exemplar course and exam work (PPT on  school public drive)

Art department Pinterest page

 

KS4 Photography

 

10 Photo

Autumn/Spring

Spring/Summer

 

 (Key skills)

  • Cameras parts
  • ISO
  • Aperture
  • Shutter speed
  • Composition
  • Key artists
  • Photoshop

 

 

Independent project

Students specialise in chosen media/s to develop an independent project based on the 4 core objectives.

  • Contextual links and understanding
  • Experimenting with media
  • Recording ideas
  • Personal response

11 Photo

Autumn

Spring/Summer

 

Independent Project

  • Contextual links and understanding
  • Experimenting with media
  • Recording ideas

Personal response

Exam Prep

Jan 1st exam papers

Students choose 1 of 7 possible starting points

Exam Prep/Exam

Final 10 hour exam in April

Supporting materials

GCSE graded exemplar course and exam work (PPT on public drive)

GCSE graded exemplar course and exam work (Printed examples)

Detailed Photoshop guides  (PPT on public drive)

Art department Pinterest page

 

KS4 Graphic Communication

Course Overview

At Key Stage 4 students are timetabled to have 5 periods of Graphic Communication per fortnight

The structure of the course currently is listed below (this is subject to change):

Year 10

Autumn

Introduction to Graphic Communication

1. Charles Avalon Poster Design

  • Artist research and analysis
  • Artist Technique:  Adobe Illustrator

 

2. Jon Burgerman / Comic Relief Project

  • Artist research and analysis
  • Doodling and developing design ideas
  • Use of spirit markers, pencil crayons, pastels and felt tips to apply colour
  • Using Photoshop to add colour, texture and detail to sketched design ideas
  • How to present your sketchbook clearly and neatly
  • Presentation of final design & evaluation

 

Autumn/ Spring

3. Commemorative Stamp Project

  • Research and analysis of existing postage stamps
  • Artist study of Henri Matisse and paper cutting artist copy of Icarus + other paper cutting artist
  • Artist study of a Lino Printing artist and lino printed artist copy
  • Artist study of a digital graphic artist and artist copy using Photoshop or Illustrator
  • Design Ideas (sketching), Design Development & Presentation of Final Design
  • Annotation- analysis and evaluation of work.

Easter/Summer

Start main individual project:

4. Main Individual Graphics Project of your choice

  • Combining all the skills learnt so far and could also inclue new skills and techniques and further experimentation as appropriate to the project (e.g. Photography, Adobe Animate etc)

Year 11

Autumn

Students work on individual graphics project personal to them demonstrating skills covered during KS3 and Year 10.

Previous project titles include: Promotional items for Tokyo 2020, KFC food packaging, Marvel themed Coca-Cola packaging, Halo Trilogy computer game graphics, film poster, Top Trump cards etc.

From January

The exam board releases 7 exam themes in January for students to choose from. Students spend the time from January to their exam working on their chosen theme following the same format as their coursework projects:

  • Research- artist research & artist copies
  • Design ideas and developments
  • Analysis, evaluation and explanation of work/processes
  • Presenting their final design piece

End of April/beginning May

Students complete a 10 hour Graphics exam, which is producing a final piece for the project they have been working on since January.

How to Help

  • Students will require drawing equipment and pencil crayons to complete homework design tasks.
  • Any research homework set can be emailed directly to teaching staff if you do not have a printer, email addresses are usually given on Show My Homework, but if you are unsure email saston@southowolds.notts.sch.uk  
  • Ask your son/daughter about what they are doing in D&T and encourage them to come to lunch sessions to finish work if they have been unable to complete it in lessons. Everything they do in lessons counts towards their coursework or exam so attendance and completion of work is very important. If students fail to keep on top of work they will be expected to attend compulsory after school catch up sessions.

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KS4 Product Design

Course Overview

At Key Stage 4 students are timetabled to have 5 periods of Product Design  per fortnight

The course is assessed 50% Examination in June of yr11and 50% Coursework (NEA: None Exam Assessment) which will be introduced at the beginning of the summer term June of Yr10.

The NEA is a single design and make task. It will contribute towards 50% of the students overall mark. The NEA project should take between 35 -40 hrs and consist of a working prototype and a concise portfolio of approximately 20 pages of A3 paper or digital equivalent.

The contextual challenge for this task will be set by AQA an allow the students to select from a list of three different starting points. These contexts will change every year and will be released on Ist June in the year prior to assessment.

The structure of the course currently is listed below (this is subject to change):

Year 10

 

Date

Design and Making Skills/ NEA Coursework

Theory Work and Exam Preparation

Autumn

Pizza Cutter and its Packaging

  • Primary Research
  • Secondary Research
  • Drawing and Presentation Skills
  • Modelling and Prototyping Iterative design techniques
  • Use of CAD and CAM
  • Packaging and Advertising
  • Evaluation and Further Improvements

 

 

 

Theory work will be delivered one lesson each week covering all areas including

 

  • Core Technical Principles
  • Specialist Technical Principles
  • Designing and Making Principles

Autumn/ Spring

Mini Mono Speaker

  • Research the work of Designers and Design Movements
  • Using Pre Manufactured Items
  • Electrical components and assembly
  • Using 3D CAD for designing
  • Fabricating using different materials and techniques
  • Modelling Prototypes and testing
  • E

Easter/Summer

NEA Coursework starts 1st June 2020:

AQA release the 3 starting points for the NEA

  • Pupils choose an area to study and stat research their chosen topic.
  • Identification of a client to support the development of the NEA
  • Primary Research of a range of existing products
  • Client and Target Market interview

Year 11

 

Autumn

Continue to work on the NEA Coursework

  • Continued Research
  • Product Specification and Design Brief
  • Initial Ideas
  • Development of ideas
  • Modelling
  • CAD/CAM
  • Further Research
  • Working Drawings
  • Making Specification

Theory work will be delivered one lesson each week covering all areas including:

 

  • Core Technical Principles
  • Specialist Technical Principles
  • Designing and Making Principles

 

From January to March

Completion of  the NEA Coursework

  • Cutting List
  • Plan of Action
  • Manufacture of Proto-type
  • Manufacturing Diary
  • Evaluation
  • Identification of further Developments and Improvements of Prototype

End of April/beginning May

Focused Revision and tasks that will support the preparation for the 2hr Exam in June

 

June

2hr Theory Exam

 

How to Help

  • Students will require drawing equipment and pencil crayons to complete homework design tasks.
  • Any research homework set can be emailed directly to teaching staff if you do not have a printer, email addresses are usually given on Show My Homework, but if you are unsure email sbarrell@southowolds.notts.sch.uk  
  • Ask your son/daughter about what they are doing in D&T and encourage them to come to lunch sessions to finish work if they have been unable to complete it in lessons. Everything they do in lessons counts towards their coursework or exam so attendance and completion of work is very important. If students fail to keep on top of work they will be expected to attend compulsory after school catch up sessions.

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KS4 Textiles

At Key Stage 4 students are timetabled to have 5 periods of Art Textiles per fortnight

 

The structure of the course currently is listed below (this is subject to change):

 

Year 10

Autumn

Introduction to Art Textiles:

Component 1 Coursework (60%)

1. Insect Project

  • Artist research and analysis- Alexander McQueen/Timorous Beasties/Mr Fitch/Artist of your choice
  • Artist Technique:  Adobe Illustrator
  • Experimentation with mark making and drawing: oil pastels, pen and ink, paint, collage etc
  • Experimenting with surface pattern/fabric embellishment
  • Construction techniques to make a 3D structure (corset or something similar.)

2. Fabric Manipulation Project

  • Looking at the work of Iris Van Herpen, Allison Willoughby, and Issey Miyake.
  • Introduction to fabric manipulation techniques including honeycomb, slashing, tucks, pleats etc.
  • Making an interior item such as a cushion or wall hanging using some of these techniques.

 

Autumn/ Spring

3. Printing Project

  • Introduction to the use of lino printing, screen printing and transfer printing – looking at the work of surface pattern designers and printed like Orla Keily etc
  • Using these techniques to produce print their own fabric.

Easter/Summer

Start main individual project:

4. Main Individual Textiles Project of your choice

  • Combining all the skills learnt so far and could also include new skills and techniques and further experimentation as appropriate to the project for example garment or costume design and making. Interiors items like cushions, wall hangings and lampshades. Fine art textiles sculptures or installations.

Year 11

Autumn

Students work on individual textiles project personal to them demonstrating skills covered during KS3 and Year 10.

Previous project titles include: Personal Identity, A moment in time,  Space, Animals, Nature, Tropical, Wearable Art  and many others…….

From January

Component 2: Exam (40%)

The exam board releases 7 exam themes in January for students to choose from. Students spend the time from January to their exam working on their chosen theme following the same format as their coursework projects:

  • Research- artist research & artist copies
  • Design ideas and developments
  • Analysis, evaluation and explanation of work/processes
  • Presenting their final design piece

End of April/beginning May

Students complete a 10 hour Textiles exam, which is producing a final piece for the project they have been working on since January.

How to Help

  • Students will require drawing equipment and pencil crayons to complete homework design tasks and will be required to purchase an A3 sketch book for both components (Coursework for Y10 and exam in Year 11, these can be purchased at a reduced price from the school Print Room.)
  • Any research homework set can be emailed directly to teaching staff if you do not have a printer, email addresses are usually given on Show My Homework, but if you are unsure email rebrewer@southowolds.notts.sch.uk  
  • Ask your son/daughter about what they are doing in D&T and encourage them to come to lunch sessions to finish work if they have been unable to complete it in lessons. Everything they do in lessons counts towards their coursework or exam so attendance and completion of work is very important. If students fail to keep on top of work they will be expected to attend compulsory after school catch up sessions.

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KS5 Art & Design Pathway

The Art and Design Pathway is a perfect course for anyone who is creative and looking to study an Art and Design based subject at university (graphic design, illustration, photography, textile design, interior design, fashion etc.)

We are able to offer students a mini art foundation, by allowing them to study 3 (or 4) Art and Design based A Levels. The subjects we may offer are*:

  • Fine Art (which includes drawing, sculpture, painting and digital arts)
  • Graphic Communication (which includes commercial graphic design and graphic illustration)
  • Photography (which includes animation and film making)
  • Art Textiles (which includes fashion and printmaking)

*Subjects will only run if they attract sufficient candidates to be viable

The entry criteria for this pathway is different to our usual sixth form entry requirements. We ask for a Grade 6 or above in an Arts subject and 5 further GCSE passes at Grade 4 and above including English and Maths.

It is also worth noting that you are also able to study one or two of our Art and Design subjects alongside our other A Level subjects if you would like to, so for example Business, Economics and Graphic Design could be an excellent combination for a marketing degree or you may like to combine Computer Science and Maths with an Art and Design subject to do a Computer Games Design degree.

If you know what you’d like to do in the future, research some degrees to see what qualifications you may need. If you just love doing creative subjects, choose our A Levels and then let them lead you to your future pathway! All of our Art and Design subjects consistently achieve outstanding results, so you are very safe in our hands!

KS5 Art & Design: Fine Art

 

12 Fine Art

Autumn/Spring

Spring Summer

 

Key skills

Independent project

13 Fine Art

Autumn-Feb 1st

Feb 1st-

April

 

Independent project

Exam based project

Exam

Supporting materials

  • A-Level graded exemplar course and exam work (sketchbook)
  • A-Level graded exemplar course and exam work (PPT on  school public drive)
  • Art department Pinterest page

12 Photo

Autumn/Spring

Spring Summer

 

Key skills

Independent project

13 Photo

Autumn-Feb 1st

Feb 1st

April

 

Independent project

Exam based project

Exam

Supporting materials

  • A-Level graded exemplar course and exam work (PPT on public drive)
  • A-Level graded exemplar course and exam work (Printed examples)
  • Detailed Photoshop guides  (PPT on public drive)
  • Art department Pinterest page

 

KS5 Art & Design: Graphic Communication

Course Overview

The students have 8 one hour lessons a fortnight split between two different teachers. The work covered builds on the GCSE course, but also has strong links to all of our Art & Design or Design & Technology GCSEs, so any creative foundation GCSE will support work carried out in the A Level course

Year 12 focusses on developing key skills, including, but not exclusive to:

  • Sketching and presenting design ideas
  • Adobe Illustrator as a drawing tool and presentation tool
  • Adobe Photoshop to edit photos and to create graphic work
  • Combining work done in Illustrator and Photoshop to get the best quality graphics work
  • Use of watercolour, spirit based markers and crayons to add colour to work
  • Printing skills including lino printing and screen printing

All content is delivered through a series of mini projects or focussed practical tasks over a smaller number of lessons. Currently the Year 12 students complete an initial project based on exploring typography, they then complete a packaging project using briefs from the Star pack Packaging Award (which they are entered into) and a printing project which includes lino printing and also involves using the laser cutter to make printing stencils for screen printing.

Assessment

The course is split into 2 Components: Coursework (60%) and Exam (40%).

  1. Component 1 includes work from Year 12 key skills projects in addition to a main independent project of the student’s choice. This is started around April of Y12 and continues until the end of January in Year 13. Students are also required to write an investigation related to their personal project between 1000-3000 words.
  2. Component 2 is based on an externally set exam topic, the exam board provides a selection of topics and students must choose one to work from. Topics are made available to students on the 1st February. From this point it is considered the preparatory period and students must work on researching, exploring and developing ideas related to their chosen exam topic.

Following the preparatory period, students must complete 15 hours of unaided, supervised time (exam). In the 15 hours students must produce a finished outcome or a series of related finished outcomes, informed by their preparatory work. Students must stop work on their preparatory work as soon as the first period of supervised time starts. Students may refer to their preparatory work in the supervised time, but it must not be added to or amended.

Homework

The duration of homework varies throughout the year. Students work on different personalised projects so it is often difficult to set whole class homework tasks. Students are given individual tasks to complete during 1-2-1 feedback at least once a week and are expected to complete work in their own time, at least 3 hours a week. If students need to use software or computer access that they do not have at home, they are always welcome to work in the Art, Design & Technology area and can discuss this with their teachers.

How to Help

  • Ask to see your son/daughter’s work and discuss what they are working on, check they are keeping on top of work and help them with creative ideas!
  • Encourage drawing, sketching ideas at home and make sure they have space to work.
  • Buy an A3 sketch book (available at a reduced price through the school Print Room) and a range of pencils, fine line pens and markers as required.
  • Access to Adobe software at home would be a bonus, but not essential. There are a range of free or cheaper versions of Adobe software that can be purchased and there are apps for drawing tablets that can be used. However, it is important to note that this is by no means a requirement and students can access ADT computer rooms in their frees if they want to (even if another class is in the room, if there is a spare computer, which there almost always is, they are welcome to use it.)

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KS5 Art & Design: Photography

 

12 Photo

Autumn/Spring

Spring/ Summer

AQA

Syllabus

Key skills

Developing skills from Year 11 or for new students basic DSLR and photo shop skills

Independent project

Students specialize in their chosen area to start to develop their personal investigation (60% of their final grade)

13 Photo

Autumn-Feb 1st

Feb 1st-

April

AQA

Syllabus

Independent project

Students to continue their individual project and realise their intentions in the mock exam

Exam based project

Students to develop a project based on one of the exam starting points (40% of their final grade)

15 hour exam

Supporting materials

A-Level graded exemplar course and exam work (PPT on public drive)

A-Level graded exemplar course and exam work (Printed examples)

Detailed Photoshop guides  (PPT on public drive)

Art department Pinterest page

KS5 Art & Design: Textile Design

Qualification studied for: A Level
Length of course: Two years
Examining body: AQA
Number of periods: Nine per fortnight
Entry requirements to this course: You should have an interest in Art or Textiles. It is not essential to have studied either at GCSE.

What will I study?

Year 12 consists of two units. One of the units is set from a starting point of your choosing (this is essentially your course work) you will study a range of artists and designers to inform your work. You will be introduced to a wide range of experimental processes and techniques to enable you to develop your work.
You will work in a sketchbook and produce a final product; this could be anything from garments to sculpture.

The second unit is essentially your exam. You will choose from one of five themes, starting themes given by the exam board.
You will have your own studio space in the Sixth Form Art Studio. Throughout the course you will have the opportunity to work with Artists and Designers during workshops as well as participate on exciting trips.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed on your ability to develop ideas, experiment with media and processes, record your ideas in your sketch book and produce final pieces. You will be given written and verbal feedback weekly. During unit two you will attend one to one weekly meetings with your tutor to help review your work and plan what to do next.

KS5 Product Design (3D)

Course Overview

The students have 8 one hour lessons a fortnight split between two different teachers. The work covered builds on the GCSE course.

Year 12 focusses on developing key practical skills and developing theory knowledge. Students receive one theory lesson per fortnight to prepare for the written examination and the other lessons are used to complete mini projects to develop practical skills and cover some theory content through these projects practically.

Theory topics are split into two categories: Technical Principles and Designing & Making Principles, topics within these include:

  • Materials Knowledge
  • Materials Processing
  • User Centred Design (ergonomics, anthropometrics, designing for disabilities)
  • Sustainable Design and Social Responsibilities of Designers
  • Scales of Production and Commercial Practices
  • Digital Design & Manufacture
  • Health & Safety

Practical skills are developed through a series of mini projects or focussed practical tasks over a smaller number of lessons. Currently the Year 12 students complete an initial project based on joining woods and metals, they then complete a packaging project using briefs from the Star pack Packaging Award (which they are entered into), a mini 3D printing and laser cutting project and an ergonomics project developing models and a practical outcome for a handheld product.

Assessment

The course is split into 2 Components: Non Examined Content (NEA) (50%) and Exam (50%).

NEA (Coursework) students develop their own design brief based on a design need they have identified. Students must research this working with an identified user/target market and design and develop a design solution which results in a sophisticated final prototype. Students begin working on this project around Easter in Year 12 and work on it for a year until April of Year 13.

There are two written exam papers. The first exam (30%) is 2 hours and 30 minutes long and covers Technical Principles and is a mixture of short and extended response questions. The second paper (20%) is 1 hour and 30 minutes long and is focused on Designing & Making Principles’. The second paper is split into 2 sections, the first section is based on Product Analysis and the second section is based on commercial manufacture. Both exam papers include 15% Maths questions which is of GCSE Maths standard questions.

Homework

The duration of homework varies throughout the year. Students work both coursework and theory tasks every week. For theory work, sometimes students may be set exam questions for homework and other weeks it could be a research task on a given theory topic. Coursework tends to be ongoing with personalised feedback explaining the tasks required to be carried out weekly or by a given deadline.

How to Help

  • Students would benefit from access to a computer with Microsoft Office, as all coursework is completed in a digital portfolio using PowerPoint. It is also possible to use Google slides.
  • It is beneficial, though not essential, for students to have a computer capable of running our free CAD software ‘Autodesk Inventor’. However, if students need to use software or computers that they do not have at home, they are always welcome to work in the Art, Design & Technology area and can discuss this with their teachers.
  • Students require the AQA A Level Product Design textbook to support their exam preparation, this is available from Amazon or other similar retailers. It may also be possible to purchase this from previous students.

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