St Mary's Catholic College, Wallasey

St Mary's Catholic College
Wallasey

Art

KEY STAGE 3 ART EXHIBITION MARCH 2015

The array of artwork produced by our Key Stage 3 students this year has been magnificent, and stunning too...but don't take our word for it. See the pictures and judge for yourself. Students' families were invited to a special evening celebration to view the exhibition.

GCSE Art & Design

"The artist's world is limitless. It can be found anywhere, far from where he lives or on his doorstep. It is never far away".
Paul Strand American film-maker and photographer

About the course:

The Art and Design course at St Mary's introduces students to a variety of experiences in art - across graphics, fine art, textiles, 3D design and new technologies. The Art department has excellent practical rooms including an Apple Mac animation suite, textile and ceramic facilities.

Students will develop their work and ideas using contemporary and historical artists and develop their skills across a wide range of media. Creativity and practice is supported by visits to local galleries and museums for inspiration and ideas.

Unit 1: Portfolio of work

Students create portfolios that are chosen from work they have produced across the two year course, covering more than one project. Students are given a starting point for each project and develop their ideas and practical work through use of sketchbooks, experiments, design sheets and 3D models before reaching a final conclusion - this could be a mask, bag, costume, painting, drawing or ICT piece.

Unit 2: Externally set task

Students will be given a choice of exciting questions from which they will develop a project in January of Year 11. After the students have completed their research they will take a 10 hour examination during which they produce their final piece. The ten hour period is usually split over three sessions during April.

How it will be assessed:

All work is marked internally then moderated by a visiting AQA examiner.

What it prepares you for:

After completing GCSE Art and Design, many students go on to take A Level Fine Art or Textiles, or BTEC Art and Design, all of which can lead to University degrees and possible careers such as architecture, advertising, fashion, interior design, teaching or as a practising artist.

BTEC Art & Design

About the course:

Units which are covered by different teachers in three different schools.

You will be given assignments which explain what you have to do to complete the Units. You will have the opportunity to study aspects of Graphic Design and Digital Photography at Mosslands School.

At Oldershaw School you will study 3D Design which includes work in clay, wire and card.

At Wallasey School you will be taught by Mrs F Parsonage and Mrs S Kelly and you will complete assignments which involve painting and drawing, mixed media work and batik textile work.

To cover the requirements of two units you will complete a final major project. You will have the opportunity to exhibit your work at various times throughout the year.

This course will also provide the following opportunities:

  • A visit to Liverpool to collect resources and to take photographs for assignments
  • You will also visit galleries and museums

How it will be assessed:

This course is assessed through putting together a portfolio, which will be marked by course tutors.

What it prepares you for:

The job families and specific jobs this course could lead to are:

  • Advertising
  • Graphic Design
  • Fabric/Textile Design
  • Photography
  • Interior Design

The next steps after completing this course might be to:

  • Access BTEC National qualifications at Further Education establishments.
  • Access A Level courses at school or college.

Entry requirements:

This course is suitable for students whose GCSE results do not yet qualify them for Level 3 courses.

AS / A2 Fine Art

"The atmosphere is relaxed but focused and I can be as creative as I like with no boundaries"
Bob, Year 13

About the course:

The Fine Art course at St Mary's introduces students to a variety of experiences in Fine Art, exploring a wide range of media in excellent practical studio facilities. Fine Art promotes a creative and experimental approach using a wide range of media including painting, print, mixed media and digital imagery. Observational drawing underpins all Fine Art practice and is seen as an essential requirement of the course.

Creativity and practice is supported by gallery visits and master classes with universities and colleges. Local artists and past students also provide a network of support through lectures and demonstrations.

The AS course is divided into two units:

Unit One: Portfolio

(50% of total AS marks /25% of total A Level marks) In this unit students will demonstrate a wide range of studio practice and from this develop one extended collection of work based on a selected theme or concept.

Unit Two: Externally set assignment

(50% of total AS marks / 25% of total A Level marks) Students choose from five exciting questions with a wide range of scope. They will prepare a body of work over a set period of time and complete a piece of work on a supervised timescale.

The A2 course is divided into two units:

Unit Three: Personal investigation

(25% of total A Level marks) Students set their own personal investigation based on a theme of their choice. Studio work is supported by 1000-3000 words.

Unit Four: Externally set assignment

(25% of total A level marks) Students choose from a range of eight questions and produce a clearly defined section of work in a set amount of preparatory time. Supervised time is 15 hours.

How it will be assessed:

Internally marked and moderated by an AQA visitor to the centre.

What it prepares you for:

After completing A Level Fine art at St Mary's, past students have gone on to study at Degree or Foundation level in the Arts. Past students have followed a range of careers including graphic design, advertising, textiles, fashion design, architecture, teaching and as practising artists.

Entry requirements:

A minimum of five GCSE passes at grade C or above, one of which must be GCSE Art & Design.

AS / A2 Textiles

"Textiles is a unique experience, working with original materials and developing new skills"
Carla, Year 12

About the course:

The Textile Design course at St Mary's College introduces students to a variety of experiences in textile and fashion design in excellent, practical studio facilities. Textile Design promotes students' studio practice in a wide range that includes fashion and costume illustration, cutting on the stand, adapting pattern blocks and pattern drafting.

Students will become competent in machine skills, embroidery techniques, batik, print appliqué and surface pattern design. Students will study the history of fashion and costume design from a wide range of cultures.

Creativity and design skills are also supported by museum and gallery visits, plus master classes with universities and colleges. Local designers and past students also provide network support through lectures and demonstrations.

The AS course is divided into two units

Unit 1: Portfolio

(50% of total AS mark, 25% of total A Level mark) In this unit students will demonstrate a wide range of design and experimental practice and from this develop one extended collection of work based on a selected theme or concept.

Unit 2: Externally set assignments

(50% of total AS mark, 25% of total A Level mark) Students choose from five exciting questions with a wide range of scope. They will prepare a body of work over a set period of time and complete a design over a supervised timescale.

The A2 course is divided into two units

Unit 3: Personal Investigation

(25% of total A Level mark) Students set their own personal investigation based on a theme of their choice. Design work is supported by 1000-3000 words.

Unit 4: Externally set assignment

(25% of total A Level mark) Students choose from a range of eight questions and produce a clearly defined section of work in a set amount of preparation time. Supervised time is 15 hours.

How it will be assessed:

Internally marked and moderated by an AQA visitor to the centre.

What it prepares you for:

After completing A Level Textile Design at St Mary's, past students have gone on to study at Degree or Foundation level in the Arts. Past students have followed a range of careers including costume, fashion or interior design, film and television, purchasing for industry, teaching and as practising artists.

Entry requirements:

A minimum of five GCSE passes at grade C or above, one of which must be GCSE Art & Design.