Dyke House Sports & Technology College

Attainment and Achievement through Creativity, Collaboration and Character

Art & Design

Learning and undertaking activities in Art and Design contribute to achievement of the curriculum aims for all young people to become:

  • Successful learners who enjoy the subject, take a creative approach to their studies, make progress and achieve.
  • Confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives.
  • Develop responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society.
  • Students who recognise and value the importance of Art, Craft and Design.

In Art, Craft and Design, students explore visual, tactile and other sensory experiences and develop responses to communicate their ideas and meanings. They work with traditional and new media, developing confidence,competence, imagination and creativity. They learn to appreciate and value images and artefacts across times and cultures, and to understand the contexts in which they were made. In Art, Craft and Design, pupils reflect critically on their own and other peoples' work, judging quality, value and meaning. They learn to think and act as artists, crafts people and designers,working creatively and intelligently. They develop an appreciation of Art, Craft and Design, and its role in the creative and cultural industries that enrich their lives and contribute to the economic success of the country.

Key Stage 3

During Key Stage 3 students are given the opportunity to take part in a variety of projects, which encourage them to explore and develop their skills, art appreciation, cultures and techniques.

They explore different media and materials and are encouraged to develop their own working style as well as to contribute to the lesson through discussions and research.

Pupils will produce work for at least three projects each covering different areas of the Art Curriculum. In each year of Key Stage 3 students will have regular assessments and are offered progress club opportunities to maximise their skills, ability and potential.

Key Stage 4

Key Stage 4 students may study Art and Design or Photography. Students who opt to continue their studies will further develop their creative and intellectual appreciation of the subject through it's deeper exploration via a series of wide ranging briefs. The projects are designed to develop and broaden artistic experience through a practical, hands on approach as well as developing critical understanding and personal growth.

Students will explore and develop skills in a variety of media and techniques. This course expands on existing abilities and introduces and explore new media, ideas and techniques. Students will look at the work of artists, designers and crafts people as well as other cultures. They will research, explore and develop work based upon themselves and their interests.

Key Stage 4 is for those who wish to specialise in Art and Design or Photography. The studies are based in a practical working environment and are delivered through creative briefs designed to expand and increase skills and subject knowledge. Each project specialises in a different form of art, craft or design, which aims to prepare students for A Levels or other Post 16 courses as well as creating links to the requirements of further education.

Key Stage 5

During their studies at KS5, Art and Design students are able to build on and extend their art, craft and design practice. This is done through a range of increasingly student led and personalised briefs. The structure and direction of the studies are informed by the individual student's interests, aptitudes, needs and aspirations. Students have the opportunity to develop links with a range of practicing artists who can give practical guidance as well as an insight into working within the creative industries. Through the sixth form's enrichment program they are also able to link to a number of high quality academic opportunities to further develop their talents and skills

What we Offer:

  • A broad and balanced curriculum.
  • Key skills that can be used in a cross curricular context.
  • A range of engaging courses in KS3, KS4 and KS5 relevant to pupil requirements and that extend their understanding and creative abilities.
  • Provide a safe and secure learning environment.

What We Want To Achieve:

  • To open up and develop a range of creative opportunities.
  • To have an appreciation of the contribution to art, craft and design of Western and Non-Western Cultures throughout history.
  • For students to understand the impact that society, history, technology and science have on the development of art, craft and design.
  • For all students to be given the opportunity to access courses, enrichment activities.
  • That the students achieve the best results related to their ability.

What We Expect:

  • Students and staff are to be respected.
  • Students should take pride in their work and the subject.
  • That all participants understand that the Creative Arts require passion, dedication and hard work.
  • Everyone tries their hardest regardless of ability.

Every Child Will:

  • Take pride in their work.
  • Respect the subject, staff, their peers and others.
  • Become an independent learner.