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Art Department

Staff

Head of Art – Maura Convie

Teachers of Art and Design – Hugh Gallagher, Janette McCrory , Michelle Singh, Jill Johns and Anthony Connolly.

Technician - Terry Boyle

 In addition to meeting the mandatory needs of the Northern Ireland revised curriculum, the department aims to develop a wide range of practical skills in two and three dimensions as well as an awareness of Art and Design in society. We hope to make pupils aware of the role the artist and designer plays in the world of work, history and culture and foster an appreciation of all the elements of art such as drawing, painting, sculpture, fashion, textiles, ceramics, print making, graphic design and product design

We hope to foster an enjoyment of Art and Design for those pupils who do not intend to study the subject beyond key stage 3 and it is our aim to develop their transferable skills such as being creative, problem solving ,self management ,working with others and managing information.

We provide a good foundation for pupils who wish to study Art and Design at examination level and beyond.

We believe strongly in the importance of observational drawing, fostering good relationships through group work activities and providing opportunities for the use of new technologies through both research and practical activities.

Where possible, flexibility and choice are built into the curriculum to enable the needs and interests of pupils of all abilities to be met. We have high expectations of all our pupils.

We promote and celebrate the work of our pupils by displaying their work, participating in competitions and publicly exhibiting examination work.

Where funds allow we endeavour to bring artists and designers in to the College to work with the pupils.

 

 

Aims of the Department

·      To encourage and improve self expression.

·      To help the pupils come to an understanding of the environment and those of other cultures and through this
foster understanding of other people and their point of view.

·      To provide equality of opportunity for all pupils to develop their particular talent, irrespective of gender, race, religious belief, social class, culture or any special need.

·      To employ that all pupils have equal access to Art and Design and to experience success and enjoyment in their work.

·      To develop personal and social skills providing young people to mature emotionally in preparation for later life.

·      To develop the ability to solve problems and take decisions both alone and in collaboration with others

·      To foster a sense of responsibility, self respect and respect for others, based on reasoned set of attitudes, values and beliefs.

Description of the curriculum

Key Stage 3

Topics covered: Drawing, painting, sculpture, fashion, textiles, ceramics, printmaking, graphic design and product design

Key stage 4

Pupils who opt for Art and Design at this level complete either CCEA GCSE or a BTEC in Art and Design

Key Stage 5

Pupils complete CCEA AS and A2 exams

Careers

Art and Design Teacher, Art Therapist, Costume Designer, Architect, Animator, Website Designer Fashion Designer ,Graphic Designer, Hairdresser, Florist, Special Effects Designer, Museum Curator, Photographer, Ceramicist, Interior Designer. Landscape Gardener.

We encourage past pupils who are pursuing careers in Art and Design to visit the College and discuss their work with our students.

Achievements (curricular)

In the past several of our students have had work exhibited in the CCEA True Colours exhibition which showcases the best examination work in Northern Ireland annually

We consistently achieve a 90% + pass rate (A* - C) at GCSE and A level

 

Extra Curricular

Art facilities are available after school for examination students.

Regular workshops are available for pupils and parents through the extended schools programme and in partnership with the PFTA.

 

 

 

Web links

For specifications and course details of the GCSE and AS/ A level content:

http://www.ccea.org.uk/art and design/

 

For specification and course details of the BTEC in Art and Design:

http://www.edexcel.com/subjects/BTEC/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

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