The DART Faculty is a vibrant and energetic department that delivers a wide range of theory and practical lessons through a wide range of projects in the subjects of art, engineering, resistant materials, product design, textiles, food technology and nutrition.
Full details of the Design and Art Curriculum at key stage 3, 4 and 5 can be found as follows: Textiles, Product Design, Food, Art, Photography.
Key Stage 3
In year 7, students will cover a range of topics across the design and art curriculum.
In art, students complete an introductory project based on learning fundamental knowledge, skills and techniques and learning about different artists. In textiles/graphics, students complete an ugly doll project, including designing the packaging and advertising material. In food technology, students complete a project studying and making food from around the world. In resistant materials, students design and make a battleship using a variety of materials and techniques.
In art, students complete a project based on art from around the world, studying different cultures and making a variety of artifacts and outcomes. In food technology, students complete a ‘Come Dine with Me’ style project where they design and make a three course meal. In textiles/graphics students design their own graffiti cushion. In resistant materials, students create a bird box learning about wood and joints and using CAD.
In year 9, students get to choose which subject they would like to specialise in, choosing between art, textiles, product design and food. For all is an introductory year where they complete projects in order to learn the fundamental skills, techniques and knowledge needed to complete their GCSE or other coursework when they start year 10. In art, students complete a project on portraiture and various mini sculptural projects using different materials. In textiles, students sample a variety of materials, techniques and processes based around the theme of geometric shapes. In product design, students complete a series of short design and make tasks. In food students cover some exam topics relating to food preparation and nutrition and create a variety of dishes. Students will all also complete one hour of core art per week in which they will extend their project on identity and portraiture.
Homework at Key Stage 3
Students in art are set homework on a weekly basis with a one week deadline. In DT students are set homework according to the homework timetable. Homework may be research or design-based.
Key Stage 4
In year 10, students studying their GCSEs complete either one or two projects before beginning their controlled assessment. This includes a mechanical animals project in art, a natural forms project in textiles and a number of advanced mini projects in product design using different materials and skills. In food, students continue to develop their understand of food preparation and nutrition using advanced techniques.
In year 11, GCSE Product Design students complete their controlled assessment projects before beginning revision for the exam. Projects are chosen by the students and a high level of independence is expected. In food students focus on their non exam assessment work including making three meals in three hours and various revision topics. In art students complete their controlled assessment on a theme of their choice before starting their final exam project in January.
Homework at Key Stage 4
Students are set homework each week according to the homework timetable. This will vary from class to class and could include research, practical tasks or acting on feedback to improve coursework. This will usually take one hour to complete.
Key Stage 5
We currently deliver Engineering BTEC Nationals and Art, Textiles and photography A Level qualifications over years 12 and 13. We also deliver the A Level Food Science and Nutrition course to year 12 students, and BTEC Hospitality to the current year 13 students. The courses consist of several units on a variety of different projects. Students in Sixth Form are expected to complete 240 minutes of homework per week, per subject.
Extra-Curricular Design and Art
The Design and Art Faculty offers a wide range of extra-curricular opportunities. At key stage 3 there are a variety of clubs including textiles, art and crafts, photography and carpentry. At key stage 4 and 5 there are a variety of catch up clubs including breakfast club for art where students can have breakfast whilst improving coursework.
If you have any queries about the DART curriculum, please contact the Curriculum Leader, Mrs Morgan, by email at email@example.com