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Art, Design and Photography

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The aim of the Art and Design department is to individually nurture creativity in our students so that they can produce their own varied, sensitive and personal work, dealing with the many issues that our students are fascinated by. The teaching and learning in the department is based on teaching the individual, individually. The joy of learning creative arts, crafts and design processes is a strength of our subject as it allows our students to engage in the multi-sensory approach that the many disciplines have to offer, creating a bespoke curriculum for each student, based on their ability.

The Art and Design curriculum teaches the academic skill of sourcing artists’ work, analysing their intentions, comparing work with the work of others and reinterpreting it into original and personal responses, both thoughtfully and visually.  All students will be able to identify the fundamental British values through investigation, questioning and the opportunity to make empathetic comparisons with others in their thought processes.

The role of the staff within the department is to facilitate student ideas and not to prescribe their learning but offer each individual student the opportunity to develop their work, wherever possible in their choice of materials and based on their ideas. Artists and designers are constantly creating work and it is our commitment to our students that we are constantly reflective in our own creative practices. By constantly developing our contemporary subject knowledge, we aspire to brilliance in both teaching and student learning.

Infinite themes can be addressed through Art and Design and this allows our students to connect and relate to other cultural, social, environmental, economical, historical and contemporary issues in a way that is personal to them.

Curriculum Intent

The Art and Design department transforms students’ lives by enabling them to develop a deeper cultural understanding through learning about art and visual language and by doing so, becoming more aware about the world around them by questioning all that they see. The rise of technology and social media has resulted in a wealth of images available at an instant. Equipping our students with the tools needed to make sense of the many images they see, and mastering their visual literacy, are essential to their growth as members of society and will inform the decisions that they make in their lives. The role art plays in the development of an individual’s understanding of empathy and emotional awareness is critical to the teaching of our students, educating our students to become emotionally intelligent people.  Our cultural capital promotes equality within our teaching of Art and Design, ensuring that diversity is represented in their education to develop their individuality, and be caring and sensitive towards others, as well as develop our students to become independent thinkers.

The individual nature of teaching Art and Design informs ‘how we feedback to our students’. Through 1:1 and group conversations, students can identify their own strengths and areas for improvement in their work and they can engage in conversation about their own development. They are leading their learning; we are developing independence in our students. Our assessment processes aim to install confidence and to avoid ambiguity for our students. Written/verbal feedback will provide clarity on their ideas and their chosen technique by creating a tailored plan for them, spanning over a series of lessons. The Goodwin Gateway tools are critical in providing this clarity and broadening their thinking and comparisons.

The many clubs and enrichment sessions that we run for all groups are designed to aid and support students to achieve outcomes that may not have been possible during the confines of normal lessons. For KS3, we offer a wide variety of different clubs and activities that aim to encourage and promote creativity in all its forms. Year 9 have an “open studio” focused club that runs after school demonstrating KS4 style workshops to students to provide a taste of what it is like to be an exam student and to promote the more advanced techniques that the department has to offer.

KS3, Years 7, 8 & 9 Art and Design

The Art and Design curriculum in Year 7, 8 and 9 introduces students to a wide variety of artists and techniques to build their subject knowledge in preparation for Year 10 and 11. With all studied artists and designers, the department focuses on guiding students on how to use research purposefully. Students are taught particular skills that the artists have used whilst they understand the critical and contextual background to the artist’s work. Learning the “hows and whys” behind an artist’s work gives our students the relevance and purpose of the work of others and an understanding of how they can apply these ideas to their own work. Understanding the intentions of artists’ work and developing original, personal thought is at the core of our teaching as it embeds long term knowledge and skills in order to access the higher criteria in Key Stage 4 qualifications.

Units frequently begin with transcriptions of an artist’s work as lessons focus on learning the mechanics of a technique. This practice is also required of students in Key Stage 4 qualifications and we aim to teach students how to purposefully use artists and designers and develop ‘mastery’ in a specialism. The staff within the department share their creative processes as part of their teaching to demonstrate skills and to show the joys of creating art work. These methods are embedded within the lessons that we teach and, as staff, we also utilise the many mediums that the department offers such as: drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, cameraless photography, Photoshop, textiles, printmaking, 3D design and many more. The use of contemporary and local art is of importance to the teaching our students so that students can access work that is relevant to them in their location and context and why they study our subject. The themes, materials and references in our learning schemes diversify between classes and staff as we differentiate by the individual nature of each group that we teach and by staff specialism. Our Key Stage 3 curriculum overview lists the themes of each unit as starting points and a suggestion of media that a member of staff may work in to develop student skills, such as in in 2D and 3D media, so that each group has the correct and deserved differentiation.

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KS4, Year 10 & 11 BTEC Level 1/Level 2

First Award in Art and Design

The Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Art and Design has been designed primarily for young people aged 14 to 19 who may wish to explore a vocational route throughout Key Stage 4, but it is also suitable for learners who want a vocationally focused introduction to this area of study. This qualification will give students specialist knowledge and skills, enabling entry to an Apprenticeship, employment or progression to related higher education courses.

The qualification provides opportunities for learners to develop communication skills needed for working in the art and design sector as they progress through the course. This can be achieved through presentations and in discussions where they have the opportunity to express their opinions. It brings together learning at Levels 1 and 2 to ensure that every learner taking the qualification completes it with a level of understanding and skill on which to build at a later date.

Frequent, internal standardisation meetings between all staff and student books offer the chance for every student to have targets created by more than one member of staff, utilising more subject specialisms and knowledge of the art world and providing our students with an ever broader curriculum.


BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Art and Design 120-guided-learning-hour (GLH) equivalent to 1 GCSE.

What’s assessed: The qualification provides opportunities for learners to focus on the development of personal, learning and thinking skills, and English and mathematics knowledge and skills, in an art and design context. The Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Art and Design provides the starting point of a route to employment in an extensive range of creative, administrative and technical roles. The wide range of companies in the sector include those that design and make craft products, those that operate in the fashion and textiles sectors or provide product design services, and those in the wide-ranging visual arts and visual communications sectors.

How it’s assessed: 4 units of which 3 are mandatory and 1 is external. Mandatory content (75%). External assessment (25%).

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KS5, Year 12 BTEC Level 3 in Art and Design Double Award

Our Year 12 and 13 students are our showcase of quality and talent. As students who will have risen through the department, they will be successful and motivated, an example to the younger students of Goodwin Academy. As a department, we will seek to establish a role for them as mentors and guides to Key Stage 3 and 4, assisting in lessons, extra-curricular activities and having a presence that models brilliance.

This qualification will give you specialist knowledge and skills, enabling entry to an Apprenticeship or other employment, or progression to related higher education courses. Students will develop art and design projects and gain an understanding of the creative process. They will study visual recording and communication, critical analysis and production skills to produce art and design outcomes. The qualification is designed for Post-16 learners who aim to progress to higher education and ultimately to employment, possibly in the creative industries, as part of a programme of study alongside other BTEC Nationals or A Levels.

Frequent, internal standardisation meetings between all staff and student books offer the chance for every student to have targets created by more than one member of staff, utilising more subject specialisms and knowledge of the art world and providing our students with an ever broader curriculum and feedback.


What’s assessed: Unit 3- The Creative Process Unit 4- Materials, Techniques and Processes in Art and Design Unit 5- Developing an Art and Design Portfolio Unit 12- Fine Art Materials, Techniques and Processes Unit 14- Textiles Materials, Techniques and Processes External assessment (46%) Unit 1- Visual Recording and Communication Unit 2- Critical and Contextual Studies in Art and Design Unit 7- Developing and Realising Creative Intentions.

How it’s assessed: Equivalent in size to two A Levels. 8 units of which 6 are mandatory and 3 are external. Mandatory content (83%).

Mandatory units: Unit 1 Visual recording in Art and Design 120, Unit 2 Materials, techniques and processes in Art and Design 90, Unit 3 Ideas and Concepts in Art and Design 90.

Optional units: Unit 14 Textiles Materials, Techniques and Processes 60.

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The creative industries in the UK contribute more than £76 billion to the UK economy and employ more than 1.7 million (1 in 20 UK jobs)  and our curriculum develops awareness of the career opportunities for students.  They will develop cultural capital by having the opportunity to engage in activities that prepare them for the world of work and further education,  informing their decisions when choosing whether to study art further and giving them the confidence to work within the creative sectors. The main purpose in providing these opportunities is to motivate students to understand why they create art work and to provide them with a clear pathway to the next steps. This gifts students a platform on which they can build a network with universities, lecturers, galleries, arts councils and professionals in the creative industries.

The courses require students have to develop and refine their work over sustained periods of time to produce individual work, with fixed deadlines. These are skills that are essential to life after their education, so the skills and practices they gain from the course are explicitly linked to skills that will serve them well in work-related environments. There is a high demand for creative thinkers in all sectors. These skills go beyond what is needed to achieve at exam level and focus on equipping our students with the ability to be to be creative, to organise, to reflect and to self-improve.

The many enrichment opportunities the department offers, including trips, external shows and competitions, introduce students to professionals who work within the creative sectors. This could be meeting gallery advisors and other professionals and utilising their communication/presentations skills through discussions, seeing how a gallery/exhibition is curated for a public audience and developing their personal organisation in following itineraries/locations/timings.