Coloma Convent Girls' School

Coloma C.G.S.

A Voluntary Aided Catholic School for Girls aged 11-18

Welcome to the Art & Design Department

Art and Design is a popular subject within the curriculum at Coloma. The study of Art and Design encourages pupils to extend their creative skills and enriches their lives by providing a unique kind of knowledge of the world.

The Art facilities consist of three specialist rooms: two large studios and one smaller offer the students the opportunity to work in a wide range of materials and across several disciplines, including drawing and painting, textiles, fashion, printmaking, sculpture and design. The department has a large library of art and design books and resources.

We have an ‘open door’ policy within the department which allows students to continue with their work before or after school or at lunchtimes and each qualification as set out below culminates in a summer exhibition to celebrate the students’ work.

The Art Department has been proud to play its part in the British Council’s ‘Rivers of the World’ project. This exciting venture involves schools from thirty-four countries linked with London schools to produce artwork in response to City Rivers.

We have been successful in entering the younger students for national and local competitions, for example, most recently, Animal Aid and the Sunrise competitions. Upper school work has also been successfully submitted to the Saatchi Gallery School’s Competition.

Sixth form students have also contributed to the wider community by working to produce large scale canvases with the residents of a local care home in a shared project with St Christopher’s Hospice.

Each year the Sixth Upper Art Committee, in collaboration with the Art staff, run an after school club and/or a lunch time club for the lower school (KS3). The Sixth form and Year 11 students are regularly involved, on a voluntary basis, in scenery and costume production for the Christmas and Summer Concerts. The Sixth Upper Art Committee also organise groups to produce artwork for Charities week.

Visits to galleries are a regular part of the curriculum for examination groups as well as welcoming visiting speakers from all areas of artistic practice to broaden students’ knowledge and understanding of our subject.

Curriculum Content

Key Stage Five - AS and A2 Level Art & Design

AS Level Art & Design - EDEXCEL Code: 8FA0 - Specifications
A2 Level Art & Design - EDEXCEL Code: 9FA0 - Specifications

Course Content - What Will I Study

Progressing from the excellent disciplines of GCSE Art, GCE AS and A2 concentrate on art and design practice and the integration of theory, knowledge and understanding, the A Level qualification in Art and Design aims to develop creative, intellectual, imaginative, and intuitive abilities. The work undertaken will be at times investigative, analytical, experimental, practical, and expressive.

We will work with you to develop your aesthetic understanding, critical understanding, critical judgment and your knowledge of art and design in contemporary society and other times and cultures.

We follow a FINE ART course which allows students to explore a diverse range of 2D and 3D practices and processes, including drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking and some aspects of textiles.

How will my progress be tested and examined?

AS Level

  • Unit 1: Coursework - AS 50%
  • Unit 2: Externally Set Assignment - AS 50%

A Level 2017

  • Unit 3: Practical Coursework and Personal Study - A Level 50%
  • Unit 4: Externally Set Assignment - A Level 50%

A2 Level 2016

  • Unit 3: Practical Coursework and Personal Study (written) - A2 Level 30%
  • Unit 4: Externally Set Assignment - A2 Level 20%

Art and Design AS and A2 - Photography

AS & A2 Photography - AQA Codes: 7206 & 7246 - Specifications

Minimum Entry Requirements

The main entry requirements as stated; Grade B in GCSE Art is recommended but not essential.

How will my progress be tested and examined?

AS Level

  • Portfolio of Work: This component focuses on the development of understanding and skills using a range of appropriate materials, processes and techniques. Students should produce a collection of work carried out during the course.
  • Externally Set Assignment: The externally set assignment includes a preparatory period plus 10 hours of supervise time. Students are expected to choose from a set theme to complete their work.

A2 Level

  • Personal Investigation: Candidates are required to conduct a practical investigation into an idea, issue, concept or theme, supported by written material.
  • Externally Set Assignment: The externally set assignment includes a preparatory period plus 15 hours of supervise time. Students are expected to choose from a set theme to complete their work.

Portfolio of work requires candidates to produce a collection of work based on the skills they have learnt. Internally assessed by the centre and externally moderated by AQA.

Personal Investigation requires candidates to critically research and present their findings to a chosen theme. Internally assessed by the centre and externally moderated by AQA.

Externally Set Assignment is a response to an assignment set by the exam board. Internally marked, externally moderated by AQA.

Art and Design AS and A2 - Textiles

AS Level textiles - EDEXCEL Code: 8TE0 - Specifications

Examining body: Edexcel

Advanced Subsidiary GCE in Art and Design - Textile Design

Minimum Entry Requirements

The main entry requirements as stated: Grade B in GCSE Art or Textile Design.

Course Content - What Will I Study

Textile Design is a versatile discipline that involves the creation, selection, manipulation and application of a range of materials and processes in order to produce fabric for different purposes from fashion design to fine art. Textile designers are expected to work in a multi-disciplinary way to create ideas, concepts, materials and techniques for a variety of applications.

At the core of any textile art and design related practice is drawing. Drawing is an essential skill in the developmental process, from initial visual research through to the translation of idea into finished designs. You will be taught a range of drawing methods which will encourage you to consider drawing as a tool of translation, analysis and design.

You will also learn that context for textile design can be found in a wide range of sources; from galleries, museums and fashion shows to literature and nature. You will gain an awareness of environmental and global factors relating to textile design as well as a clear consideration of the aesthetics of the end product. In addition it is important that students are aware of current trends in textile and fashion design and development in order to achieve contextual currency in their work.

For the purpose of this qualification, textile design is sub-divided into the following three disciplines:

  • Textiles for interiors
  • Fine art textiles
  • Fashion textiles

You will be required to work in one or more of the disciplines to communicate your ideas. By working across disciplines you will extend your understanding of the scope of textile design; or by focusing on one discipline, you will gain a deeper understanding of specific processes within textile design.

You will be expected to experiment with a diverse range of textile techniques including print, embroidery, batik and felt making.

How will my progress be tested and examined?

AS Level

  • Unit 1: Coursework - AS 50%
  • Unit 2: Externally Set Assignment - AS 50%

A Level

  • Unit 3: Practical Coursework and Personal Study - A Level 50%
  • Unit 4: Externally Set Assignment - A Level 50%

Progression - How will the study of Art and Design benefit students’ future education and career?

  • You can proceed from these courses to a foundation course at a college of Art and Design and then onto a degree course
  • You have a wide choice of courses from which to choose, for example, Graphic Design, Textiles, 3D Design, Product Design, Theatre Design, Fine Art, Fashion, Hair and Beauty, Special Effects for Stage and Theatre, History of Art, Museums and Gallery courses, Interior Design, Jewellery Design, Shoe Design, Games Design, Photography and Digital Media courses
  • Many other courses require an Art qualification (either GCSE, AS or A Level) as desirable, for example, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Horticulture, Dentistry, Plastic Surgery, Hairdressing, Beauty, Floristry, Retail Display, Pattern Cutting and Photography
  • You will gain practical skills that are transferable to all aspects of your life
  • You will have opportunities to express yourself in a visual form, become visually literate and develop a critical vocabulary.