Visual Arts

The Visual Arts department programme offers a board range of courses in the various fields ranging from painting to screen-printing and design and photography.

The visual arts provide opportunities to develop different means of expression.

  • Practical Art
  • Painting
  • Design
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
  • Printmaking


Year 9 and 10

This is a broad-based theoretical and practical course, which involves students in drawing, design, painting, printmaking and three-dimensional work. 

Students will gain an understanding of contemporary artists and their working methods. The aim of the course is to develop perceptual, imaginative, technical and critical skills through the making and analysing of art works. Along with the key competencies: Thinking, managing self, relating to others. Our vision is for students to become confident in producing artwork and maintain a life-long interest.

Year 11

Year 11 Practical Art extends the work done in Years 9 and 10 and requires a reasonable level of competency using art-making skills and media.

This is a broad-based theoretical and practical course, which involves students in drawing, painting, design, printmaking and/or three-dimensional work. 

Students will gain an understanding of contemporary artists and their working methods. The aim of the course is to develop perceptual, imaginative, technical and critical skills through the making and analysing of art works.

Five Achievement Standards can be assessed with total of 30 credits on offer.

Year 12

Students can study Design, Photography and Painting in four separate Achievement Standards. Work will also consist of drawing and painting studies, visual and written research, artist research and critical analysis of art and artworks.

Year 13

Painting, Design and Photography are offered as separate Level 3 subjects. Students are advised to select no more than two of these subjects.

Methodical study during the year focusing on generating ideas, analysing and regenerating ideas, will lead to an in-depth exploration and extension into the making of original artworks. Students are expected to be able to work independently and with guidance from teaching staff.

 

Career pathways in Art

Choosing Visual Arts subjects can lead to many interesting and varied careers. These are just some of the many examples:

  • Freelance artist and designer
  • Animator
  • Landscape Architectect
  • Photographer
  • Film-maker