The Creative Arts department is a dynamic, hard-working team who work together creatively so that every pupil can achieve within the subject, making the arts accessible, inclusive, and meaningful through diverse approaches to creative and technological innovation. Our curriculum is designed to foster independence through differentiated and self-directed work. We develop a lifelong desire to learn, explore, create and invent. The creative art curriculum is committed to the process of creating and reflecting on the products we make. We encourage students to experiment, persevere and arrive at their own unique solution while promoting skill building, discovery, and innovation.
Students start the course by being introduced to cameras and learning how to handle them. Students will be shown how to control shutter speed, aperture, ISO and how to effectively utilise different lenses. Students will also be introduced to Adobe Photoshop, an industry standard editing software. Students will learn the fundamentals of the software, such as how to adjust images, create overlays, use filters, crop and create montages. Throughout the remainder of the year, students will work through a range of different briefs that will take place in the classroom, including macro/close-up, collections, portraiture and light painting. Previous cohorts have also undertaken 'landscape-based' projects outside the classroom, including trips to Dovestone reservoir, Pingot Quarry, Manor Heath Jungle Experience and Manchester town centre. Students will select one of these projects to develop into their main coursework unit, which continues into the second year of the course. The coursework portfolio accounts for 60% of students' overall grade. During the final stages of the course, students complete an externally set assignment. Students have 12 weeks preparation time before undertaking a 10 hour supervised controlled assessment, which takes place over 2 days. The externally set assignment accounts for 40% of students' overall grade.