Options for Year 9 Students 2018-19 – information for students and parents.
In Year 9 the Creative Arts and Technology are offered in a series of modules. During the year, you will study four different modules. A weekly double period for half a year is allocated to each module.
In 2018-19 modules will be offered as follows:
- Architecture (D1)
- 3D Design (D2)
- Song Writing (M1)
- Music in Performance (M2)
- Composing for Film (M3)
- Makeup (T1)
- Choreography for Musical Theatre (T2)
- Creating Visual Theatre (T3)
- Using Text in Performances (T4)
- Behind the Scenes (T5)
- Stage Combat and Text (T6)
- Storytelling: The Figure (Fine Art A1)
- Painting for Song (Fine Art A2)
- Project Runway sculptural fashion challenge (Textiles A1)
- Printed Textiles for Fashion & Interiors (Textiles A2)
- Viral Video, Gifs and Identity (Digital Media A1)
- Feminism, Creative Communication and Graphics - Your Personal Photoshop Course (Digital Media A2)
Choosing four modules
- Indicate your 1st, 2nd and (where possible) 3rd choices within each block.
- Remember that it is a requirement of the programme that you take one module from each of Art (A), Design (D), Music (M) and Theatre (T) in the course of the year.
- It is important to read the course descriptions below before choosing.
- Note that there are minimum and maximum group sizes for each module. We cannot guarantee that every module will run.
- Note that there is a proficiency requirement for M2.
This course will introduce students to the basic principles of large scale architecture design. Students will work on a brief, produce design ideas and drawings, investigate environments, user needs, and choose suitable materials.
They will study relevant aspects of structural design and research inspiring architects and designers such as Zaha Hadid and Thomas Heatherwick, how they create the right balance between form and function.
Students will learn how to use 3D Design software such as Autodesk and will be able to create an accurate scale model of their design.
This year’s theme will be “Sound and Light”. Using the full resources of the design studio and workshop you have the chance to design and make a unique product, personal to you, which you will be able to take home. Examples of products you may be interested in making are stereo speakers for your MP3 player, creative lighting using the latest LED technology or a makeup box with a self-activating lighting system.
There will be opportunities to use a large range of coloured acrylics and wood as well as exploring some more unusual metals. You will have full access to the tools and machines in the workshop as well as computer aided design (CAD) and computer aided manufacture (CAM).
Fine Art Creative Modules
Using a range of sculptural techniques you will depict animal or human forms to express character within the context of a story. Teaching will focus on how to use clay processes including; modelling, joining and slab construction to build a series of test models. Through expressive drawing, your own photographs, internet research and focus on a book, film or play, you will be able to design and develop personal ideas. Pinterest will be used to access relevant artists’ work for inspiration. You will have the freedom to decide upon a style of influence in order to make a large scale animal or human figure sculpture using clay and finish it using glazes. This course provides an excellent stepping stone to the GCSE Art course.
In this project you will choose song lyrics to inspire your creative ideas. The relationship between Art and Music will be investigated and you will examine how drawing to music affects your expressive techniques. These and images sourced from the internet will provide initial images for your portfolio. iPad apps will be used to encourage imaginative responses to the theme. You will access Pinterest to refer to a range of contemporary and historical Art styles of your choice. Whilst working on canvas, oil and acrylic painting skills will be built upon, to produce exciting outcomes. We will be using QR codes to trigger a video that you make about the process of your painting. This course provides an excellent stepping stone to the GCSE Art course.
Textiles Creative Modules
This is a fashion based exploration of sculptural techniques, looking at the creation of simple garments using found and recycled materials. Each week students will face a 60 minute challenge and hone their constructing skills in the textiles studio. Students will learn how to develop designs and think on their feet, to collaborate and problem solve with each new material, and relate these to other experimental designers such as Yohji Yamamoto, Vivienne Westwood and Hussein Chalayan. They will learn about basic pattern cutting and construction using a mannequin. Sewing machine skills will be essential and will be developed in the later stages of the project. Students will explore sketchbook and design techniques and may be required to purchase their own decorative fabrics/bring in found clothing in the later stages of the project.
This module offers a practice based, design led experience, which develops your creative vision and develops your understanding of printed textiles. You can create diverse design solutions that span a variety of outcomes for both fashion and interiors. You will explore a range of experimental techniques covering printed samples, experimental print pieces, laser cut fabrics & screen printed pattern. We will cover early print techniques such as dye transfer, lino / polyblock print, as well as silk painting and offset monoprint. You will build a portfolio of textures, colours and fabric in a physical and digital portfolio, and get your fingers dirty!
Digital Media Creative Modules
This module is about exploring the history and culture of memes around Identity. You will research the intention and identities of successful creators (e.g. youtubers), their styles and their audiences. Memes are images, video, piece of text, etc. typically humorous in nature, that is copied and spread rapidly by Internet users. Students will then learn to create their own versions of viral videos and GIFS using iMovie and Photoshop. Students will use a blog rather than a sketchbook to record their process ( https://viralvif.wordpress.com/) and an art prize is awarded for the student whose online work has the highest number of views.
A2 Feminism, Creative Communication and Graphics - Your Personal Photoshop Course
Communicating visually using font design, illustration, photography and image making is an integral part of our daily life. You design your own portfolio inspired by Feminism picking from a large range of Photoshop tutorials to create your digital portfolio This course will look at Typography, Poster Design and Graphic Design from perspective of equality, ethics, fashion and feminist artists. You will learn to interpret and select fonts and use Photoshop as a visual design tool. Would you like to improve your art portrait photography using Photoshop to brighten teeth and whiten eyes? What about a banner, or tutorial in swapping heads or going surreal? For those who are interested in drawing, learning to create an epic fantasy digital ‘painting’ using a drawing tablet or apple pen may suit you best? Photoshop is so versatile, there are many tutorials to choose from ranging from graphics, typography, illustration, photography through to digital fine art.