A centre of excellence, for outstanding quality, teaching and learning in Design. An inspirational environment, that encourages creativity, innovation, independence, risk taking, and where success is celebrated. Offering a curriculum to address the ever-changing needs of our future society and its’ citizens. Welcome to the Design Faculty where we are nurturing our next generation of Fashion Designers, Architects, Graphic Designers, Chefs, Joiners. Students are encouraged to be creative, take risks and work with others in an exciting state of the art environment.
Students will experience new skills, including sculpture, painting, photography, computer based design, textiles, working with wood and metal, and food technology to name but a few. Design subjects are popular choices for students at Temple Moor, we currently offer a broad curriculum which includes BTEC, GCSE and A’ Level courses. We have a proven success rate, attaining grades above the national average at Key Stage 4.
Key Stage 3: Art and Design Technology
Year 8 is about inspiring students to be creative and imaginative whilst developing their artistic skills and knowledge. This will also provide them with a solid foundation of skills which can then be built upon at Key Stage 4 and beyond. Students have the opportunity to be involved in enrichment activities over the two years.
Key Stage 3
Years 7 & 8 –Art is taught within Project Based Learning lessons whichpromote independent learning, research skills, reflection , re-drafting and developing a growth mindset. Students work tospecific briefs and respond with individual outcomes. Skills covered over the key stage include drawing with purpose, colourtheory, collage, assemblage, mixed media, craft, architecture, graphic design, photography and computer-aided design skills.CriticalStudies is an integral part of the students’ learning and students are encouraged to respond to the art of others, allowing this to inspire the development of their own work.
Top tips for art revision:
1. Be aware of your own strengths and work to these.
2. Stick to your weekly deadlines.
3. Plan your independent learning time. Expect to spend an additional 1 and a half hours each week on your art work.
4. Draw, draw, draw!
5. Be inspired! Look at art in books, visit galleries and keep a scrap book of art that you like.
Year 7 & 8 Resistant Materials – students design and make a desktop organiser inspired through analysis of existing products. Students explore imaginative ways to shape and decorate their organiser in a personalised way. All students are encouraged to use measuring and marking tools, cutting and shaping equipment and a range of finishing techniques to gain and develop new skills and understanding. Students will research, plan and evaluate their process along the way to assist their learning.
Year 7 and 8 Textiles design- students design and make a creative cushion inspired by an artist or designer of their choice. They experiment with a range of textiles skills and explore imaginative ways to decorate their cushion in a personalised way. All students are encouraged to use machine stitch, hand embroidery, batik and fabric paint to gain and develop new skills in decoration and pattern. Students will research, plan and evaluate their process along the way to assist their learning.
Year 7 & 8 Food Technology – students follow a “healthy eating” based learning experience identifying key nutrients and the requirement for a balanced diet. Over the school term in which they have Food Technology, students will learn a range of life skills including health, safety and hygiene within the kitchen, weighing and measuring ingredients accurately and how to use equipment. Students will have opportunity to design following a specification, sensory analyse food products, work through planning stages and cook a range of healthy foods.
Key Stage 4:
Design subjects are popular option choices for students at Key Stage 4. Courses on offer include: GCSE Fine Art, GCSE Graphic Design, BTEC Textiles, BTEC Design and GCSE Food.
GCSE Fine Art
Fine Art covers a broad range of skills and media, allowing you to develop your own ideas from a given starting point. During the course you will have the opportunity to create a portfolio of work, whilst learning about a variety of art forms and relevant artists. There will be opportunities to visit galleries and meet practising artists to learn about them and their work. Recent themes and skills have included: drawing, painting in acrylics, assemblage, montage, collage, printmaking, computer aided design, sculpture, stencil work, current issues, animals, landscape, time and decay, song lyrics, cultures, family album, lettering, food, music.
GCSE Graphic Design
Graphic Design is the Art of visual communication. Posters, packaging, T-shirt graphics, book illustrations, CD covers all communicate messages to us. Students will tackle industry related design briefs, guided step by step towards producing their own outcomes. During the course students will have the opportunity to work alongside practising designers, and will not only consider the aesthetics and creativity of design work, but how to ensure target audiences are reached and how clients’ budgets need to be taken into consideration. Students will cover a broad range of skills, continuing to build upon the foundation skills and learnt at Key Stage 3 (drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, mixed media). Additional skills include Photography, Photoshop work, working in 2 and 3 dimensions and researching work of prominent designers and illustrators relevant to their work.
Students work in a creative and imaginative way, exploring a variety of materials including fabric, paper, machine embroidery, printing, felt making, computer transfer, embroidery, paint and sculptural work. Students will be introduced to designers and visit exhibitions during the course, to find inspiration and see innovative design. As the course progresses students are encouraged to be more independent and original with their ideas and experimental pieces, design and media manipulation taking precedence over function.
GCSE Resistant Materials
Students have the opportunity to work in a range of materials. Although predominantly students use wood, some plastics and metal work is undertaken to provide an experience of using a wide range of tools. They also have the opportunity to use equipment including CAD/CAM – laser cutter, to create high quality, professional results within the classroom.
Year 9 and 10 students follow a curriculum that aims to develop a broad range of foundation skills and knowledge and as the course progresses students are encouraged to approach their work with
creativity and imagination, ultimately to create their own bespoke storage product for coursework.
GCSE Food Technology
KS4 Food Technology builds on previous skills learnt, aiming to inspire and foster creativity with food. Working towards the GCSE a broad range of topics are covered, with opportunity to experiment and develop a variety of products as part of the two controlled assessments. Students will focus closely on food nutrition, food commodities, the functions of ingredients, packaging and labelling, modifying recipes to suit specific dietary needs and product analysis.
Key Stage 5:
AS and A2 Fine Art
Students continue to develop their work in a range of media and styles, however there is more emphasis on students working on projects that show off their particular areas of strength and interest. The course starts with an intensive skills based unit. Over the 2 years students are expected to work with increasing independence, visiting exhibitions, collecting primary research, and initiating the direction that their own work will follow.
AS and A2 Textiles
Students are encouraged to use gained skills from KS4 to develop their own strengths and styles. They will experiment with a range of textiles and art techniques to develop their work with a range of media and styles. Artists and designers are independently researched and reflected through original and exciting sketchbooks and final pieces. Over the 2 years students are expected to work with increasing independence, visiting exhibitions, collecting primary research, and initiating the direction that their own work will follow.
Many students choose design courses as they love the subject and it complements the rest of their option choices. If you’re considering a career in the Design Industry, our courses will help you to create a portfolio of work that will gain you a place on a broad range of courses at Art Colleges and universities.