Art

Art and Design

Year 7 and Year 8 are allocated two hours per fortnight and study a range of different projects during the Key Stage to develop their skills and confidence using a range of media.

Year 7

  • Insects
  • Formal elements/observational drawings and basic mark –making
  • Portraits – Basic line and proportion.
  • Basic colour theory.
  • Cultural project artwork –
  • Aboriginal/Day of the dead/ Indian art.

Year 8

  • The Jungle
  • Mark-making, colour theory.  Paper craft outcome
  • Cultural project -Japanese Art – (Start making straight away. Mood board/collage of images.
  • Architecture –
  • Form , shape, composition, background, middle ground, foreground, perspective.

GCSE Art

Type of qualification: GCSE

Specification Title: OCR GCSE Art

Assessment:
Coursework component: 60%
Examination component: 40%

What will you learn about?
You will learn to produce artwork following a given process that uses observation and development of ideas to create new artwork. All work is linked to existing art work produced by traditional and contemporary artists.

What skills will you develop?
You will develop a range of skills that include:

  • Language for Art
  • Analysis of Artworks
  • Drawing, in pencil, ink, pastels and charcoal
  • Painting in acrylic, watercolour and oil
  • Experimenting with 3D materials
  • Ability to develop both ideas from a starting point in a variety of styles
  • Develop ideas using digital media

How will you learn?
The majority of the work is project based. Initially you will be taught new techniques at the start of the project and shown work by inspiring artists. As you develop a range of skills you will start to work more creatively and independently.  Some work will be developed using digital media to enhance the ideas generation process.

What will this course help you to do post 16?
This course will give you a basic set of skills that would prepare you to go on to an A Level course in Art & Design and potentially a degree in Art.

Who can I ask for more information?
Miss Lawrence/Mrs Manku

GCSE Photography

Type of qualification: GCSE

Specification Title: OCR GCSE Art photography

Assessment:
Coursework component: 60%
Examination component: 40%

What will you learn about?
You will learn how to use a camera, record images and develop them using photoshop elements.  You will explore different themes and interpret information using the lens.  Ideas will then be enhanced and manipulated using the power of the photoshop package.

What skills will you develop?
You will develop a range of skills that include:

  • Using a camera.
  • Knowing what a good photograph looks like.
  • Varying the use of the camera.
  • Manipulating images using Photoshop elements.
  • Cropping and enhancing images to communicate your thought processes.
  • Composition arrangements.

How will you learn?
The course is made up by 1 unit worth 60% of your grade.  For this coursework project you will be given a theme which you will explore using the camera.  The theme will be broken down into several areas and you will need to think creatively and independently to meet the brief to a high level.  Presentation is a key part to this course and you will be shown how to communicate with your audience through your images.

What will this course help you to do post 16?
This course will give you a basic set of skills that would prepare you to go on to an A Level course in Art & Design or photography and potentially a degree in Art.

Who can I ask for more information?

GCSE Textiles

Type of qualification: GCSE

Specification Title: OCR GCSE Art Textiles

Assessment:
Coursework component: 60%
Examination component: 40%

What will you learn about?
You will learn to record ideas from various starting points using a variety of resources and media.  Looking at other artists and craftspeople will give you a broader experience.  The development of ideas using digital media is encouraged.  Printing, painting onto fabric and embellishment are a few of areas you will explore.

What skills will you develop?
You will develop a range of skills that include:

  • Language for Art
  • Knowledge of fabric and patterns
  • Analysis of Artworks
  • Printing, silk painting
  • Fabric crayons
  • Embellishment onto fabric
  • Ability to develop both ideas from a starting point in a variety of styles
  • Develop ideas using digital media

How will you learn?
The majority of the work is project based. Initially you will be taught new techniques at the start of the project and shown work by inspiring artists. As you develop a range of skills you will start to work more creatively and independently.  Some work will be developed using digital media to enhance the ideas generation process.

What will this course help you to do post 16?
This course will give you a basic set of skills that would prepare you to go on to an A Level course in Art & Design and potentially a degree in Art.

Who can I ask for more information?
Miss Lawrence

BTEC Art & Design level 1

Type of qualification: BTEC Level 1 Diploma

Specification Title: EDEXCEL BTEC Level 1 Diploma in Art & Design

Assessment: 100% coursework across 8 Units

What will you learn about?
You will learn a range of skills through the following units:

  • Exploring 2 Dimensions
  • Discovering 3 Dimensions
  • A project in 2 or 3 dimensions
  • Art and Design: Explore drawing
  • Exploring painting
  • Exploring printmaking
  • Exploring mixed media
  • Explore and create surface relief
  • Explore 3D fine art
  • Developing personal project

What skills will you develop?
Throughout this course you will learn a wide range of practical skills across 2D and 3D disciplines.

2D: Core drawing, printmaking, painting, mixed media, surface design, photography and digital work.
3D: Design for making, wire work, mod-roc, paper manipulation, using recyclable materials, papier mache, textiles etc.

All studio work will be underpinned by research into traditional and contemporary artists, designers and crafts people.

How will you learn?
The majority of your learning will be through workshops and practical sessions. You will learn to work both as a group and individually in order to develop a broad portfolio of work.

What will this course help you to do post 16?
This course will provide you with the confidence and skills to peruse further creative courses.

Who can I ask for more information?
Miss Lawrence/Mrs Manku

BTEC Art & Design level 2

Type of qualification: BTEC Level 2 Diploma

Specification Title: EDEXCEL BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Art & Design

Assessment: 100% coursework across 8 Units

What will you learn about?
You will learn a range of skills through the following units:

  • Contextual references in Art & Design
  • 2D Visual Communication
  • 3D Visual Communication
  • Using Ideas to Explore, Develop and Produce Art and Design  2
  • Building an Art and Design Portfolio 5 2
  • Working in the Art and Design Industry
  • Two further optional units.

What skills will you develop?
Throughout this course you will learn a wide range of practical skills across 2D and 3D disciplines.

2D: Core drawing, printmaking, painting, mixed media, surface design, photography and digital work.
3D: Design for making, wire work, mod-roc, paper manipulation, using recyclable materials, papier mache, textiles etc.

All studio work will be underpinned by research into traditional and contemporary artists, designers and crafts people.

You will also have a number of opportunities to develop personal work and ideas to help strength the artist within you!

How will you learn?
The majority of your learning will be through workshops and practical sessions; you will independently apply these skills to specific briefs.

What will this course help you to do post 16?
This course will give you a broad set of skills that would prepare you to go on to level three qualifications in Art & Design. Collages and 6th Form value BTEC ART & DESIGN highly.

Who can I ask for more information?
Miss Lawrence / Mrs Manku

Design Technology

Technology & the Arts

Curriculum Offered

Key Stage 3

Design and Technology

Year 7 are allocated two hours per fortnight and rotate between projects focussing on a variety of different areas of discipline, including Food, Graphics and Resistant Materials.

  • Board Game project
  • Memo Board project
  • Food Skills

Year 8 are allocated three hours per fortnight and rotate between projects focussing on a variety of different areas of discipline, including Food, Graphics and Systems & Control.

  • MP3 Player project
  • Night Light project
  • Food Skills

GCSE D&T Food

Specification Title: OCR J302

Assessment:
60% Coursework component: Two coursework modules which consist of a portfolio of work and a practical outcome.
40% Examination component: One externally marked exam.

What kind of student is this course suitable for?
Students who have an interest in designing and producing a quality food product. This course develops an in-depth appreciation of food technology and draws on the experiences of KS3 in motivating them further to create mouth-watering and eye-catching culinary delights.

What Skills will I develop?
You will get the opportunity of developing useful life skills through the enrichment of a variety of learning activities including researching, designing, evaluating (developing critical, analytical and thinking skills), identifying needs and opportunities, business and financial considerations, co-operative learning and practical skills all of which draws on knowledge from across the curriculum.

What will I learn?
You will learn about nutrition, food hygiene and food presentation. Theory is blended with practical experience through experiential learning. Students acquire a sound understanding of the processes in food technology through designing and making a quality product.

What will this course help you to do?
Design & Technology is the most popular of the options nationally. It leads to study beyond 16 at BTEC and A Level and there are number of degree related subjects. Typical employment opportunities include hospitality and catering, food magazines writer, hospital dietician.

Who can I ask for more information?
For more information see Mr France

GCSE D&T Graphics

Specification Title: OCR J303

Assessment:
60% Coursework component: Two coursework modules which consist of a portfolio of work and a practical outcome.
40% Examination component: One externally marked exam.

What kind of student is this course suitable for?
Students who have an interest in designing a quality graphic product, enjoy drawing and presenting their work using a mixture of computer and ‘by hand’ skills They will be expected to design and make a quality graphic product for their coursework.

What Skills will I develop?
You will get the opportunity of developing useful life skills through the enrichment of a variety of learning activities including researching, designing, evaluating (developing critical, analytical and thinking skills), identifying needs and opportunities, business and financial considerations, co-operative learning and practical skills all of which draws on knowledge from across the curriculum.

What will I learn?
You will learn Drawing Techniques (Isometric, Planometric, Perspective, Orthographic, etc) Geometry, Printing, Colour, Presentation Techniques, 2D and 3D Computer Modelling.

What will this course help you to do?
Design & Technology is the most popular of the options nationally. It leads to study beyond 16 at BTEC and A Level and there are number of degree related subjects. Typical employment opportunities include Advertising, Interior and Fashion Designer, Architect, Product Designer, Film-making, Logo Designer, Promotions, Printing and Web Designer.

Who can I ask for more information?
For more information see Mr France or Mr McBrien

GCSE D&T Resistant Materials

Specification Title: OCR J306

Assessment:
60% Coursework component: Two coursework modules which consist of a portfolio of work and a practical outcome.
40% Examination component: One externally marked exam.

What kind of student is this course suitable for?
Students who have an interest in designing a quality practical product, enjoy designing and using a range of tools and equipment. They will be expected to design and make a quality model for their coursework.

What Skills will I develop?
You will get the opportunity of developing useful life skills through the enrichment of a variety of learning activities including researching, designing, evaluating (developing critical, analytical and thinking skills), identifying needs and opportunities, business and financial considerations, co-operative learning and practical skills all of which draws on knowledge from across the curriculum.

What will I learn?
You will learn about different materials, construction methods, drawing skills and 3D Computer Modelling. Theory is blended with practical experience through designing and making a quality product.

What will this course help you to do?
Design & Technology is the most popular of the options nationally. It leads to study beyond 16 at BTEC and A Level and there are number of degree related subjects. Typical employment opportunities include Architect, Product Designer, Furniture Designer and Engineering.

Who can I ask for more information?
For more information see Mr France or Miss Hill

Performing Arts

Year 7 and Year 8 spend two hours per fortnight in both Drama and Music.

Drama

Year 7

  • Relationships – Diary of a Wimpy Kid
  • Darkwood Manor
  • Evacuees
  • Theatre in Education
  • Storytelling
  • Mask Work

Year 8

  • Creating Tension
  • Commedia Dell’Arte
  • Witchcraft/Myths & Legends
  • Active Shakespeare
  • Fame & Celebrity
  • Script Work (Our Day Out)

 

Music

Year 7

  • Baseline Assessment: Listening Focus – Grieg, In the Hall of the Mountain King)
  • Performance – Samba: Listening Focus – Santana. Oy Como Va
  • Composition – Writing a Melody: Listening Focus – JS Bach, Minuet in G
  • Improvised Performance – Raga & Drone (Alap / Vistar): Listening Focus – Alap in Raag Desh
  • Composition – Music for a Moving Image: Focused Listening – Rhapsody in Blue & Davy Jones Motifs

Year 8

  • Performance – Chords: Focused Listening – JS Bach C Major Prelude & Beethoven Moonlight Sonata
  • Performance – Jamaican: Focused Listening – Bob Marley, Stir it Up & Skatelites – Guns of Navarone
  • DJing: Focused Listening
  • Composition Dubstep: Focused Listening – Skream, Midnight Request Line
  • Hip Hop & Rap: Focused Listening: Pigmeat Markham, Here Comes the Judge & Tupac, Changes
  • Musical Futures: Focused Listening: As defined by student choices

Extra-Curricular Activities

Within the Faculty, we are always keen to offer a range of additional activities to support students work within the classroom.  Our current programme of events is constantly being updated to ensure we provide a broad range of activities.  We are currently running or aiming to run the following activities:

  • Robotics club
  • D&T club
  • Art club
  • Friday lunch time catch up club
  • CREST Award
  • Musical instrument lessons
  • School performances  and musical events
  • Guest speakers
  • Arts Award

BTEC Performing Arts

Type of qualification: BTEC First Award in Performing Arts (Production)

Specification Title: EDEXCEL BTEC Level 1 / Level 2 First Award in Performing Arts (Production)

Assessment:
Coursework component:
75%
Externally Assessed: 25%

What will you learn about?
You will learn about specialist equipment used for sound and lighting at events including concerts, theatre productions, exhibitions, functions, conferences, weddings and family celebrations. Through this work you will also learn how to become an effective member of the technical team for a production.

What skills will you develop?

  • Transferable skills: Team work, professional standards of behaviour, risk assessment, meeting deadlines, working under pressure in real situations.
  • Specific Technical Skills: How to set up and operate sound and lighting equipment safely and accurately, a variety of techniques for technical equipment to make the best use of each item.
  • Creative Skills: How to apply the techniques that you have learnt for setting up lighting and sound equipment to a range of real scenarios.

How will you learn?
The majority of your learning will be through workshops and practical sessions where you are taught new skills whilst applying and developing the skills you already have. As well as working in school with teachers you will get to look around and work at performance venues including The Hippodrome and REP theatres, MAC and Birmingham University Guild of Students. You will also be taught for some sessions in school by visiting professionals who will cover specialist topics.

What will this course help you to do post 16?
This course will give you a basic set of skills that would let you work in a theatre or for a production company. You would also be able to go on to level three qualifications in Production Arts.

Who can I ask for more information?
Mr Armitage / Mr Pullen

Performing Arts Extended Curriculum

The Performing Arts Department run a wide range of activities to help students develop both their technical and creative skills. Activities vary from ensembles to individual lessons with visiting teachers.

Activities currently available:

  • Singing group
  • Rock band club
  • Keyboard group lessons
  • DJing
  • Studio composition (using Logic Pro)
  • Recording Rap & Songs
  • Drum Kit lessons
  • Dhol lessons
  • Tabla Lessons

Performance Events
We host a variety of Music, Drama and Dance student performances each year building up to a major show in the Summer term. This year performers get awarded house points for performing throughout the year and the Moseley Extravaganza in July will be a chance for each of the houses to pitch their best performers against each other in a talent show.

If we don’t offer the activity that you are interested in please see one of the Performing Arts staff and we will do our best to set it up.

Who can I ask for more information?
Mr Armitage ari@moseley.bham.sch.uk