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Three Dimensional Design Curriculum

‘Motivate, inspire, create’

The Creative Design Faculty aims to motivate and inspire our students through providing a high quality, inclusive education for all. It is our mission to champion the value of creativity and expression to ensure our students develop into proactive citizens that have a voice in society.

We provide opportunities for our students to:

                Build confidence

                Express themselves

                Explore media, techniques and processes

                Create innovative ideas

                See a journey through from concept to realisation

                Take creative risks

                Learn life skills

Critically think and develop opinions

                Engage in professional practise

Key Stage 3

In Year 7 students develop knowledge and understanding of formal elements in Art – line, shape, pattern, texture, colour, tone and in particular, form.

The Year 7 curriculum is based around key elements in 3D design, including understanding artists/ craftspeoples’ work, construction techniques, how to safely manipulate a range of materials and introduces colour and texture later on in the carousel.

In Years 8 and 9 students can select 3D Design as an option subject. Students will focus on a thematic approach to 3D Design, focusing on sweets, natural forms and shoes. These are purely starting points. Students will be taught key skills and then be expected to apply those skills in producing various samples and ideas. These will then be developed and a final, personal response produced independently. Students are expected to do some sketching and planning but the core of the work will be building and making.

Please see the learning journey at the bottom of this page for an overview of the topics studied.

Key Stage 4

At GCSE level we teach the AQA Art and Design: Three dimensional design course, which is a broad-based course, extending all the knowledge and skills taught in lower school. Students will study their GCSE option over two years for three periods a week.

The course is split into two units –

Component 1 – Portfolio of work 60%

Students will develop a portfolio of work which includes:

  • A sustained project in response to a starting point or project brief – this must include evidence of research, the development of ideas and meaningful links with critical / contextual sources
  • A selection of further work resulting from activities such as trials and experiments, skills-based workshops, mini and/ or foundation projects; responses to gallery, museum or site visits; work placements; independent study and any evidence of the student’s specific role in group work undertaken.

Component 2 – Externally set task 40%

Externally set assignment including 10 hours of supervised time. This unit follows the same process as the coursework units; research, studies of designers, design movements, craftspeople and artists, observational studies, initial ideas, development of ideas, samples and maquettes, continual reflection through annotation and then the 10 hours is used to create a final piece of three dimensional work.

All units of work are marked under four assessment objects – development, experimentation, recording ideas and presenting a final piece.

Department Staff

Mrs Richardson – Head of Department

Mrs Hinkles - Second in Department

Mrs Parker – Technician

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