Art & Design Technology Design Technology courses offered: Food Technology, Graphic Products, 3D Design & BTEC Design Design and Technology draw together many elements of the arts and sciences. It provides stimulating and challenging problem solving activities requiring creative responses that offer rigour and challenge. Students design and make products to a high quality in response to relevant, identified needs and in so doing learn to be more inventive, enterprising and innovative. The programmes of study in GCSE Design and Technology have been developed from the foundations laid through experiences at Key Stage 3 and involve students at Key Stage 3 choosing a specialist area from Food Technology, Graphic Products, 3D Design and BTEC Design. Once students have chosen a course of study they will follow the specialism throughout Years 10 and 11. Many courses enable students to proceed to Post 16 and lead into further career choices within Design Technology. Past students have progressed into a full and varied choice of related careers. A major recent developing focus has been the integration of ICT, especially the development of computer aided design and computer aided manufacture. CAD/CAM projects are now embedded in all courses throughout Design Technology. The final coursework project represents 60% of the GCSE. A requirement of all subjects is for students to be tested at the end of a course of study and this is worth 40% of the remaining total. We are particularly proud of the work produced within the department, with students’ work being recognised both locally and nationally. Many students progress on to our A-Level Design course and subsequently go on to study Design related courses at University. Past students have gone on to study subjects such as Architecture, Industrial Design, Engineering, Landscape Architecture, Product Design, Fashion Design as well as many others. Two recent A-Level Design students have been successful in achieving employment with Rolls Royce and Triumph Motorcycles. Students studying in the Art, Design and Technology Area of Learning are able to use a range of excellent facilities and equipment. These include a dedicated Computer Aided Design & Manufacturing computer room, Product Design classroom, Graphics studio, Digital Design studio for photographic work and three art studios including ceramics facilities and printmaking. The department also has frequent displays of work in the college’s exhibition space – The Mark Parker Art Gallery. Art courses offered: GCSE Fine Art, GCSE Applied Art Art and Design is one of the leading subjects at the heart of our Specialist Status. At Hind Leys students have the chance to try a range of art specialisms including: painting, drawing, ceramics, sculpture, printmaking, art textiles, digital photography and crafts, depending upon the course they select. Past projects have included Giant Sweet Sculpture Project, Wildlife sculpture, African Art and creating artwork for an exhibition promoting the work of students in the department. Students have opportunities to incorporate ICT into various aspects of their work. This includes: digital photography, scanning, image manipulation using Adobe PhotoShop and laser cut lino printing. We are extremely proud of our Art examination results – which are some of the highest in Leicestershire. Our students also achieve great recognition through local and national art competitions and contributions to exhibitions. Art subjects are very popular options for students seeking lively and stimulating subjects at AS and A Level. We offer courses in Fine Art and Visual Media (Art and Design Photography). Extra curricular activities for all year groups are encouraged through the Arts Award scheme and extra help and support is always available at after school Art clubs. There are opportunities for trips out, workshops with visiting artists and master classes. In recent years, we have taken groups to the Tate Modern in London, The City Gallery in Leicester and Birmingham Art Gallery and Museum. Students also benefit from seeing the work of practising artists on display in the Mark Parker Gallery and have the opportunity to exhibit their own work in this exhibition space.