BTEC Art and Design

“A picture is a poem without words” - Horace

We encourage students to be independent, creative and receptive to new ideas. Students throughout the key stages are exposed to a wide range of art making experiences using exciting media; drawing, painting, mixed media, ceramics, sculpture, printmaking, photography and digital photography

Our facilities consist of two large classrooms and one dedicated sixth form art room, two traditional darkrooms, two digital suites, animation, film making, printmaking, painting, sculpture and ceramics. The staff within the department all have varied specialisms; drawing, painting, photography and sculpture.

The BTEC qualifications in this specification are QCF level 3 qualifications designed to provide highly specialist, work-related qualifications in a range of vocational sectors. They give learners the knowledge, understanding and skills that they need to prepare for employment. These qualifications accredit the achievement for courses and programmes of study, for full-time or part-time learners in schools, colleges and other training provider organisations. The qualifications provide career development opportunities for those already in work, and progression opportunities to higher education, degree and professional development programmes within the same or related areas of study, within universities and other institutions. (www.qualifications.pearson.com)

BTEC runs as a two year course. Students are given specific design briefs at the commencement of each unit. Students then research and respond to a range of designers, artists and crafts people. The BTEC course enables students to have an in depth look at how designers and crafts people work. Each unit explores set art making, materials and methods. By the end of the two year programme students have used digital photography, typography, textiles, printmaking, ceramics and painting.

The entry requirements are C grade at one of the following GCSE’s - Art, Design and Technology or Textiles.

Unit 1

VISUAL RECORDING

MANDATORY

Zoo Project

Year 12 – Autumn/Spring

Unit 4

COMMUNICATION THROUGH ART & DESIGN

OPTIONAL (PROFESSIONAL)

Pattern and Print

Year 12 – Spring/Summer

Unit 2

MATERIALS, TECHNIQUES & PROCESSES

OPTIONAL
(PROFESSIONAL)

Ugly Dolls

Year 13 – Autumn/Spring

Unit 40

TYPOGRAPHIC AND LAYOUT DESIGN

OPTIONAL
(SPECIALIST)

Food Typography

Year 13 – Spring

Students have asked to design a series of different merchandise for London Zoo. The purpose of the unit is to explore a wide range of art making materials and techniques to meet each of the design briefs within the unit. The merchandise is to appeal to a range of ages. From small children, to older children, young adults and adults.

Students have asked to design a space for a trade fair. Considering all the textile/surface pattern opportunities within that space.

Students are to consider a repeated pattern motif that will be used for either: wallpaper, fabric, wall hanging, soft furnishing (e.g. sofa)

The design is to be inspired by the theme natural forms. The final product is to be marketed for 18-25 year old age demographic.

Students have asked to design a family of contemporary soft toys called Ugly Dolls. The family of dolls is to use a range of textiles and fabrics and incorporate hand and machine sewing.

The design is to be inspired by the theme of ugly dolls. The final product is to be marketed for 11-18 year old age demographic.

Students have asked to design a logo for a local café. The café sells an array of snacks and light meals. The logo is to be eye catching and incorporate food into the typeface.

The logo will be used as part of the café sign, printed menus and advertising materials.

 

Outside the classroom

To maximise students exposure to contemporary art, we regularly organise trips into central London, to galleries and exhibitions. These provide students with valuable learning experiences, which inspire and impact on their work. We also encourage students to independently participate in events across London, such as The Big Draw.

There are a number of extra-curricular provisions for students, we have lunchtime animation club and on a Thursday Key Stage 3 Art Club. There are a number of extra-curricular provisions for students, we have lunchtime animation club, Wednesday we have year 10 & 11 Art GCSE coursework workshop.

Many of our ex-students have followed their passion for art and photography by completing foundation courses, then progressing to bachelor degree in Illustration, Fine Art and Design. Several of our former students work within the creative industry and have accredited their experiences as art students at Hendon for their success.

The Art Department has a long tradition of entering students work into regional and nationwide competitions. Wen Ting Wong won Mayor’s Fourth Plinth Secondary Schools Award, for the borough of Barnet. We have participated in the Rivers of the World, run by Thames Festival Trust and the British Council. The Art Department has close links with Middlesex University with many of our students participating in enrichment programmes and Saturday school.

Progression pathways and careers

At Hendon we offer:
GCSE Art and Design - AQA exam board
AS and A2 Art and Design - AQA exam board
BTEC Level 3 Art and Design – Edexcel exam board
GCSE Photography - AQA exam board
AS and A2 Photography - AQA exam board

Careers

The creative sector is one of the fastest growing industries in the UK. It currently accounts for 6% of the UK’s GDP, with further growth predicted for the next decade. The creative industry  has proven to expand despite recent economic crisis.  Studying Art and Design at AS and A2 level provides students with a fantastic platform for a Foundation Art Course, followed by BA in Art, Design or Art History.

The career prospects are varied including: Graphic Designer, Curator, Education, Product Designer, Fashion Designer, Animator, Architect, Landscape Gardener, Games Designer, Advertising, Set Designer, Web Designer, Illustrator and Art Therapist.

Currently studying on Degree Courses/Apprenticeship Schemes:

Many of our ex-students have followed their passion for art and photography, by completing foundation courses, then progressing to bachelor degree in Illustration, Fine Art and Design. Several of our former students work within the creative industry and have accredited their experiences as art students at Hendon for their success


Guy Barber- BA (Hons) Film and TV Production, Bournemouth University
 
Runa Patel - BA (Hons) Photography, University of Staffordshire
 
Shane Williams - BA Media Productions, Lincoln University
 
Casey Ballam - BA Illustration, Middlesex University, London
 
Rebecca Lee - Foundation Course and BA Illustration, Bournemouth University
 
Vanisha Tailor - Level 4 Apprenticeship at TechCity

Useful links

Pintura art detective - www.eduweb.com/pintura
24 hour museum - www.culture24.org.uk/home
Deviant art - www.deviantart.com
Art web - www.artweb.com
Student art and design - www.juliastubbs.co.uk
Inside art - www.eduweb.com/insideart
Colour matters - www.colormatters.com
BBC art - www.bbc.co.uk/schools/websites/11_16/site/art.shtml

Contact

Ms Catherine Sergent, Head of Art. SergentC@hendonschool.co.uk

StaffStaff Frog Sims GovGov ParentMail