Design (Art, Design & Technology)

The Importance of Design

In design students combine practical and technological skills with creative thinking to research, design, make and evaluate products and systems that meet human needs. They learn to use skills technologies and consider the impact of future developments. Students learn to think creatively and explore their own skills as well as problem solve as teams and individuallly. 

Working in stimulating contexts that provide a range of opportunities and draw on the local ethos, community and different cultures. They respond to needs and opportunities that arise from own research and respond with ideas, designs and products, challenging expectations where appropriate. Design combines practical and intellectual skills with an understanding of form, aesthetic, technical, cultural, health, social, emotional, economic, industrial and environmental issues. As they do so, they evaluate present and past design and artists and its uses and impact on the world today. Through Design, students develop confidence in their own creative ability and skills.

At Endeavour High School pupils have the opportunity to study a wide variety of Design areas, Food Technology, Product Design, Textiles, Engineering, 2D Art, 3D Art and Photography.  Specialist rooms and equipment give students access to a variety of tools and machinery and equipment that will enhance their learning experience and give them a good industrial knowledge base for the future. 

Design - Key Stage 3

Students are taught on a rotation system throughout Key Stage 3, so as to give them a sound knowledge and skills base in each of our specialist areas. Projects include:

Year 7

African Printed Cushions - Students research African textiles and design and make an African inspired printed cushion. They explore different traditional textiles printing methods and develop their skills in order to create a finished product.

Healthy Eating - Students gain knowledge of nutrients and explore their own diet. They learn how to make basic healthy food products and assess the impact that these will have on their bodies.

Gift in a box - Students learn basic wood work skills to design and make a box, they begin to look at computer aided design and machinery to create a key ring that will be stored in their gift box.

Myself - this is a 2D art project where students explore their own self and produce portraits which reflect who they are.

Mexican day of the dead - Students research 'The day of the dead' and design and make 3D artistic masks based around this famous Mexican festival.

Clock - Students gain an understanding of plastics and use this knowledge to inform design. They enhance their knowledge of computer aided design by using our 2D design programme to design and make a clock on the laser cutter.

Jungle - Students research Henri Rousseau and his artistic style. Working in groups students design and make a 2D mural exploring Rousseau and the Jungle.

Myths and Legends - Exploring myths and legends across different cultures students design and make a 3D creature that is inspired by modern day myths and legends.

Year 8

Indonesian bag project - Students research traditional Indonesian resist dye methods to design and make a bag. Students gain confidence in using the sewing machine and explore intricate screen printing methods.

Foods from around the world - Pupils begin to research foods from different cultures as well as sharing foods that are traditional from their own cultures. Students develop their culinary skills and learn to make meals that reflect their own research.

Still Life - Students study 2D still life Artists and begin to explore techniques that use tone, shade and texture in their own still life studies.

Subway Speaker - Students develop skills within electronics and soldering to produce a speaker that can be attached to any phone or MP3 devise. Development of their Computer Aided Design skills is used to create a case for their speaker system.

Urban Art - Students research and design art, based around urban graffiti. They develop skills in typography as well as develop their skills in presentation and colour application.

Desk tidy - Students research the environmental impacts of design and products to inform a recycled desk tidy. This project introduces students to vacuum forming processes as well as enhances their wood and plastic skills base.

Design - Key Stage 4

Design offers a range of qualifications to suit all learners at Key Stage 4, these include;

AQA GCSE Textiles - Students spend 1 year focussing on their knowledge and skills within Textiles. The GCSE is made up of 2 parts with 60% of their grade coming from a controlled assessment project which extends their design and make skills and 40% coming from their theory based exam.

AQA GCSE Product Design - Students spend 1 year focussing on their knowledge and skills within Produce Design. the GCSE is made up of 2 parts with 60% of their grade coming from a controlled assessment project which extends their design and make skills and 40% coming from their theory based exam.

AQA GCSE Photography - Students spend 1 year focussing on their knowledge and skills within Photography. The GCSE is made up of 2 parts with 60% of their grade coming from a controlled assessment project which extends their design and make skills and 40% coming from their theory based exam.

BTEC Certificate in Engineering - Students develop their technical ability within the Engineering workshop and complete skills based projects that enhance their skills. This gives students a fantastic insight in to working within the Engineering Industry.

BTEC Certificate in Art - Students explore many different fields of Art within the BTEC, including graphic design, photography, illustration, fashion, textiles and Art History. This course introduces students to the Art industry and develops their skills for further Education.