Art and Photography

Teaching Staff

  • L Mulryan (Director of Learning)
  • J Aitkin
  • D Collingwood
  • C Lazenby
  • S Barker

Department Information

The creative industry in the UK is one of the fastest growing industries; it is driving economic growth across the UK and is on track to create one million new creative industries jobs by 2030. Visual Arts, Craft, Design and Photography are extremely important subjects and play a key role within our curriculum at King James.  The Art department is a very successful department and we offer a good selection of courses that allow students to develop skills in a wide variety of disciplines. Students develop a range of skills within the creative subjects we offer; we teach students the skills and techniques they need to express their creativity, develop themselves as critical thinkers, explore and express their own ideas as well as the ability to work well independently and collaboratively. We believe learning outside of the classroom is crucial and strongly value the experiences students gain when on visits to galleries, exhibitions and different cultural venues. We offer a range of visits each year with some being more to more local venues in KS3 as well as an annual international visit for KS4 and KS5.   

 

Key Stage 5

The Examination board for A Level is AQA. We offer both Art and Design and Photography. The students follow project briefs and have resources and help sheets which are devised by the department. The department teaches students new skills, when necessary, to enhance work. There is a yearly exhibition for students, parents, and the community to celebrate achievement. All work is continually assessed by the department and by a moderator at the end of each year.

Component 1: Personal Investigation                     60% of final grade

Component 2: Externally set assignment                40% of final grade

 

We offer a range of visits during A Level which can vary and are usually planned to meet the specific needs of the students at the time however we do offer an international visit during A Level, past visits have been to Spain and Italy.

 

Year 12

Students will build on the skills and knowledge they have developed during GCSE. A Level will allow students to develop as independent learners and produce their own journey. We will support students with starting points as well as techniques and ideas that will inspire and support students in developing their own practice towards a meaningful response during their second year.    

Year 13

Students will start their externally set task in Y13 and decide upon a suitable exam question to study. They will use this as a starting point and the initial inspiration for their project. Students will work independently to produce a portfolio of work in response to their starting point. Students will then exhibit their work and outcomes in a whole school exhibition at the end of the year.

Art

Year 12

Year 13

Introduction and workshop style lessons

Component 1 – Personal Study

Component 1 – Personal Study

Component 2 – Externally Set Exam

 

Photography

Year 12

Year 13

Introduction and workshop style lessons

Component 1 – Personal Study

Component 1 – Personal Study

Component 2 – Externally Set Exam