Art, Design & Technology
In Art, Design and Technology, we strive to inspire and enthuse students in a creative curriculum, pushing the limitations of self-expression through a variety of different disciplines. Students are provided with a breadth of knowledge and transferable skills that encourage independence, critical thinking and self-confidence .
We offer opportunities to explore Art, Three Dimensional Design, Graphics, Food, Textiles and Photography which combines cross curricular disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering and computing. Students are provided with the knowledge, skills, principles and vocabulary to design and produce a range of quality outcomes that explore relevant issues within different contexts. We aim to equip our students to live in the creative world and prepare students for career paths within the creative industry.
Students will study Art once a week as well as one of the following subject disciplines on a termly rotation. Throughout Key Stage 3, students study key concepts of each discipline so that they are able to opt for the most suitable Key Stage 4 course.
The application of design and typography to effectively communicate ideas
The exploration of food science and the importance of healthy living
The expression of creative skills through visual forms and media
Three Dimensional Design
The making of a functional and aesthetic product through practical skills and CNC programing
The creative application, manipulation and process of recording the world through the lens of a camera
The investigation of art and craft through surface textures, pattern and materials
GCSE Art, Design and Technology is open to all students who have a passion and enthusiasm for creative making.
The courses we offer require students to demonstrate an independent and self-motivated work ethic. Students must be committed to engage in studies both inside and outside of school. Studying Art, Design and Technology will equip students with a creative skill set and further develop their knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the specialism. This subject can also provide essential transferable skills such as critical thinking, problem solving and teamwork.
|Subject||Exam Board||Grading System|
|GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition||Eduqas||1-9|
|Hospitality and Catering Level v2||WJEC||Pass, Merit, Distinction, Distinction*|
|Art, Craft & Design||AQA||1-9|
|NCFE Level 2 Technical Award in Graphic Design||NCFE||Pass, Merit, Distinction, Distinction*|
How can I support my child in this subject?
You can support your child in Art, Design and Technology by checking that they are fully equipped for all lessons, particularly the practical element of the subject. This may be in relation to food ingredients or project homework submissions.
We also hope that you encourage students to develop their creativity and imagination by showing interest in the creative arts.
What equipment does my child need in this subject?
Students are not required to bring in anything additional to the standard equipment checklist, although it is an expectation that ingredients are brought in for food practicals. This information will be available on class charts ahead of the practical lesson. We also encourage students who opt for Art, Graphics and Textiles to purchase an Art Kit at Year 9 to support their 3 year GCSE course. This will include all the materials and resources required as well as a carry folder to transport work to and from home and a moderator’s portfolio for Year 11.
Celebrating successes in this subject
In Art, Design and Technology, we believe that all students deserve their time to shine and we are keen to celebrate success at every opportunity. Please check out our fortnightly newsletter for updates and events from the faculty as well as our ‘Friday Feature’ showcasing an impressive piece of work from that week! We also celebrate success with faculty awards each month rewarding impressive progress from each of our subject specialisms. Checkout our Twitter and Instagram page to see daily antics from the department, @stanboroughADT
Extra-Curricular Activities and Visits
In addition to our school based curriculum the faculty provides a wide range of extra-curricular activities. We offer after school independent working to extend subject knowledge in Art, Graphics, Textiles, Resistant Materials and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) as well as opportunity for students to work under supervision on their GCSE or A level projects.
We also offer a range of visits to support students’ learning such as a visit to Bath and Cheddar, the Coca Cola Factory visit, the Good Food Show and The Clothes Show. We are also keen to get involved in community events such as the ‘Torn from Home’ Holocaust exhibition and the Welwyn Garden City annual photography competition.
Students will also have the opportunity to get involved with internal and external workshops ranging from, special effects makeup, DSLR photography tutorials and graffiti workshops in London. We also promote creative careers with a visit to the Warner Bros studios.