Overview of Key Stage 5 Curriculum
At AS Level, the girls will undertake two units, the first of which revolves around a coursework portfolio. The second unit is a controlled assignment and includes preparation work carried out over a period of weeks prior to the final examination.
At A2 Level, girls will undertake 2 further units: the personal assignment and the controlled assignment. In the first, girls are free to choose a topic of their own interest. The work is predominately practical but also incorporates a written essay relating to their chosen topic.
During both courses, girls participate in a variety of gallery visits, both to London and other regional centres of excellence. . Much of the work is computer based so the girls must recognise the need to develop their skills in this area as well as the actual taking of images.
What makes the department unique from those at other schools?
The girls work within an environment that is tailored as much as possible to suit their personal development in Art & Design. Our studios are open until 21:30 each evening for girls in examination groups to take advantage of the excellent art facilities. Principally we think it is mainly our emphasis on experimentation within a climate of individual support that makes our Art Department unique. Amongst parents, the work produced by girls in the department is consistently noted for its originality, depth of knowledge, and special quality.