Art, Design & Technology
Profile of the Department
Here at Plumstead Manor our aim is to inspire the next generation of creative people: architects, fashion designers, master chefs, engineers to name a few. We believe that the design principals taught at secondary school in KS3, KS4 and KS5 will not only enable our students to creatively problem solve in their future education and careers but the skills they will learn will be useful throughout their lives in the home too.
The Art and Design Technology departments pride themselves on ensuring students become confident and knowledgeable artists developing in a wide range of skills, techniques and styles through diverse and engaging schemes of work. Staff in the departments are highly skilled, ensuring students receive specialist advice and feedback. This allows students to understand assessment criteria and how to improve and raise their levels within the subject. Visits to exhibitions and workshops are organised throughout the key stages in order to allow students to engage with artwork and gain an understanding of a diverse range of artists and the art world as a whole. Students themselves exhibit work at the end of KS4/5 in school and London based exhibitions.
Our KS3 Art Curriculum is extensive, taught in our state of the art facilities including a media suite and our own dark room and kiln.
Our KS3 Design Technology is equally impressive with students completing five different projects each year across food, textiles, graphics and resistant materials. Throughout each project the design process (research, designing, planning, making and evaluation) is embedded.
Students are able to take one or more of the following two year GCSEs as an option:
Similar pathways are also available at KS5 with a full breadth and depth of subjects for any students wishing to specialise or consider further qualifications or employment within a creative industry. With expert guidance, students are expected to work independently and rigorously to produce creative and demanding outcomes.
As part of the courses students will be encouraged to visit museums and exhibitions to inspire creativity and learn about the history of design.
- Photography, Art and DT clubs are run both during lunchtime and after school.