Art, Design and Technology
The quality of Art, Design and Technology education is fundamental to providing a dynamic future for the country.
The study of an Art and Design course gave me the freedom to do what I wanted without fear of being wrong. My role as Subject Ambassador has really developed my confidence and has allowed me to help students become better artists themselves. I plan to do an Art Foundation Year at Arts University Bournemouth as I feel it will really help me develop my individuality as an artist.
Art and Photography student
It empowers students to develop their own ideas and to invest in themselves. Successful students will select, explore, imagine, develop, refine and respond; they produce ideas that can be personal or suited to a need or client.
The Da Vinci Centre is a vibrant, exciting and highly rewarding place to spend time. It is home to a diverse range of creative disciplines which are delivered by subject specialists to a level that far exceeds A level examination requirements. Facilities are second to none, with teaching areas that are light and spacious, software that is of industry standard and equipment which allows visual outcomes to be realised to a professional level. Teaching methods focus on enhancing the maturity of our students by utilising open-ended schemes of work. A strong focus on key academic skills develops confidence and diversity and enables progression to employment or prestigious university courses.
Learning in the Da Vinci Centre requires our students to independently pursue an idea through analytical thinking. Year 12 and 13 students take ownership of their work and develop resilience as they have to defend the path they have taken with their study. Our students progress to a variety of careers, apprenticeships and further study.
I chose to study Art Textiles and was able to link it with my Extended Project Qualification. This has given me a fantastic opportunity to work on a degree level project in dress design, whilst developing a wide range of useful skills. I really enjoyed the Art & Design trip to Paris. It was great to visit the iconic city and learn how our teachers experience and interpret Art outside of the classroom.
Art Textiles student
Opportunities to extend and deepen learning
We endeavour to provide our students with a rich experience when studying in the Da Vinci Centre. We do this by organising a range of trips that enable students to be inspired and motivated by some of the very best work being produced by artists and designers, both nationally and internationally. The large museums and galleries of London and ‘New Designers’ exhibitions, provide our students with the benchmark of quality for which we strive. Overseas trips are run to provide a cultural experience that adds depth to our students’ study.
Competitions are entered which can enhance and extend our students’ experiences.
The Arkwright Scholarship is an example of how our students are encouraged to consider their future career path at Key Stage 4 to help provide funding and high level support at Key Stage 5.
Our Sixth Form students are inspirational to the rest of the school and their presence in other lessons provides role models for our younger students. Our A Level students regularly exhibit their work in public exhibitions and play a pivotal role in developing excellence within Art Design and Technology. They are also frequently used in lower school classes to consolidate their own subject knowledge as well as to support the study of others.
Any student studying in Da Vinci is encouraged to spend additional time in the building. Sixth Form students can often be found working alongside lower school classes, working through lunch breaks or staying after school.
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Our Sixth Form Geography and Biology students experience the natural wonders of Iceland!
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Year 5 students from our feeder schools experience Japanese culture and study with our friends from Hiroshima.