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Art, Design, Graphic & Media Communication

The Art & Design department at Lakeside encourages all students to investigate their creativity through productively encouraging the opportunity to use a wide and varied range of materials and techniques to explore and improve visual awareness, expressive skills and the communication of ideas through 2D and 3D media.


At Key Stage 3, students' skills are refined and developed through experimentation, using different materials and application techniques within structured projects.


In Year 7 basic skills in drawing, painting, pattern- making and construction techniques. In Year 8 skills are built on through studying art movements in more depth, and introducing some commercial graphic design techniques.

 In Year 9, students are encouraged to understand artists' concepts by studying Pre –Roman (so called Celtic) and medieval Northern European pattern forms and Pop Art, whilst referring to experiences and knowledge gained in Years 7 and 8.

In Years 10 and 11, students embark on a standard GCSE course in Art and Design. In this course students study core projects in Pop Art, Cubism, Portraiture and some photography and video 60% of their final grade is assessed by coursework, whilst 40% is determined by practical controlled assessment through an externally set task. In these final two years, students are expected to take ownership of their work and develop a sense of self exploration and progression. 

These programmes of study will eventually lead to a full GCSE in Applied Art and Design and/or AQA Unit Awards.

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