KEY STAGE 3
The Art Department at Urmston Grammar School aims to provide a broad and exciting curriculum during KS3. Using the criteria provided by the National Curriculum, pupils have opportunities to develop both practical and theoretical expertise in a large number of areas of Art and Design. Techniques studied include painting, drawing, graphic studies, textiles and three dimensional work through a thematic approach. Art and Design history is studied alongside pupils’ practical studies to ensure that a broad and balanced approach is achieved. The Department offers a considerable degree of expertise which pupils are able to use in developing their own work, both inside and outside lesson times. For this reason the Art Department rooms are available during the lunchtimes for those pupils who wish to spend extra time completing work.
KEY STAGE 4
ART AND DESIGN
GCSE Art and Design is available as an option for pupils to study during KS4. The Department follows the Art and Design option offered by AQA resulting in a full GCSE that occupies four periods per week.
The areas covered by the course include drawing, painting, textile work, printing, 3d work, photography and computer graphics. The course offers the opportunity to gain expertise in all of these areas as well as encouraging independent thought and study.
AS AND A2
ART AND DESIGN
The Department follows the specifications provided by the AQA in Art, Craft & Design as well as Photography.
Practical and theoretical studies are backed up with visits to local galleries, museums and other places of interest. For those students who wish to study the subject at a higher level, then work experience is encouraged in appropriate areas such as graphic design, architecture and textiles. Many of our students go on to courses in Art and Design where they are very successful.